Nashville, Tennessee – Jumping federal mandates requiring automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems be on all cars by 2022, Nissan plans to make the technology standard on 1 million vehicles in 2018 – adding it to the Rogue, Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima, and Sentra vehicles (except for racing versions of the vehicles and ones with manual transmissions).
A precursor technology autonomous driving, automatic braking has won positive reviews from regulators and consumers. Systems user radar and other sensors to detect obstacles in front of vehicles. After issuing warnings, AEB systems can brake cars if drivers don’t respond.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, one-third of all police-reported crashes involve a rear-end collision (2013 study). The NHTSA also reports that systems such as AEB can help reduce injury insurance claims by as much as 35% (2015 report).
"We're making AEB standard across all grades of our best-selling models," said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "This increased AEB availability is part of our ongoing commitment to help reduce fatalities while realizing our comprehensive vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility."