So what's going to take six years? Getting the government to approve the new law? Or for the automakers to fit it to every new car? Seems to me that neither of those should take nearly that long.
Carjackers dream?
The problem with this is that the systems are 'dumb' and will prevent a lot of accidents but at the same time it will force cities to widen the bandwidth of public streets because they will force drivers to keep unrealistic distances between cars to avoid being braked 'to death' with frequent forced slowing down. The freeway depends on cars basically avoiding the 1 car length per 10 miles per hour guideline but the forced braking won't. Thus you'll see 6 to 7 car lengths on the freeway everywhere and as a result every city will need more lanes to handle the traffic. This is a fact!
This one time I was driving down 17 ave from 52 street SE in Calgary, after dark, and a guy dressed all in black suddenly appeared out of nowhere! And I missed him/her by cm's. The road is like 6 lanes wide, speed limit is only 50 km/hr, and I don't know how the lights hid this person, but it was the closest I ever came to actually whacking somebody on the road. Anyway, yes AEB would have been terrific in that circumstance.
I see this as problematic which the computers will force everyone to keep 6 to 8 car lengths on the highway and this will increase the need for widening highways to allow enough cars to pass through a given point (bandwidth). Right now cars are literally bumper to bumper and so forcing them apart with a 'wasted' space of 5 or 6 car lengths means a lot less traffic can fit. Then too i can imagine this slowing traffic to a standstill as owners try to override the braking and it ends up braking and accelerating and braking and accelerating and basically making life hell for regular drivers trying to compensate and thus slowing down traffic even more. It simply won't work. People are a lot more flexible than computer programs!
Another German study found that if just 15% of cars are fitted with adaptive cruise (a AEB derivative feature), where the vehicle stays behind the one in front at a safe distance using the AEB distance measuring system, nearly all stop n go type traffic congestion was avoided completely. This results in less time on road per vehicle, which directly reduces congestion, plus reduces the time and therefore risk of being on the road in general. It also will help against traffic aggression, as it is much simpler and more comfortable to drive with adaptive cruise in traffic than without. So win win...and about time. It's been out for ages!
Are any carmakers out there already using this or equivalent technology?
Rocky Stefano
@VincentWolf. Clearly you have no idea what you are talking about. Putting aside your nonsense comments, AEB will not only save lives but reduce the most common accidents which make up the majority of insurance claims, which should help lower rates.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
It will take 10-15 years from the date of inception to get this on most vehicles.
No matter what side of the fence you are on with the pact or regulations, you have to agree that safety innovations are driven by the regulators. On one side they say it is faster to circumvent the regulatory process but the truth is it is the automotive industry that delays these procedures by taking advantage of their opportunity to comment on the regulation by taking exception to every phrase and condition causing countless rewrites. On the other side there is nothing wrong with the industry taking the initiative to add safety features without being regulated first to do so. But either way it will come down to having to have a regulation in place that specifies the types of testing and the results required in order to be consistent and as importantly in order for the insurance industry to regulate our discounts.