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NHTSA Proposed Regulation to Require AEB Technology in Cars

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a new regulation that would require that all new passenger cars and light trucks come equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems. This proposal was initiated by a provision in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which directed NHTSA to set minimum performance standards requiring AEB systems for all passenger vehicles manufactured for sale in the United States. It also aligns with the Department of Transportation's National Roadway Safety Strategy.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) have led the effort to enact this rule. They released the following statement:

“With 21st century automobile safety technologies, we can dramatically reduce the number of serious injuries and lives claimed by driver error each year.  

“Crash avoidance systems should be standard, not a perk for the wealthy. That’s why we proudly championed a provision in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law ensuring that crash avoidance systems are a feature of every new vehicle, not another luxury item that must be purchased for an additional fee.  

“We applaud NHTSA for initiating a rulemaking to implement this vital provision to protect consumers and make our roads safer for everyone. We urge the Administration to complete this proceeding without delay.”