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Automatic emergency braking isn’t great at preventing crashes at normal speeds

A test vehicle collides with a dummy car.
AAA says the auto industry should update its testing protocols for AEB. | Image: AAA

According to new research from the American Automobile Association (AAA), automatic emergency braking (AEB) is great at preventing low-speed rear-end crashes, but kind of sucks when vehicles are traveling at more normal speeds.

From September 2022, all new cars sold in the US must come standard with AEB, which uses forward-facing cameras and other sensors to automatically apply the brakes when a crash is imminent. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that AEB will help prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries by 2025.

Using four common vehicles, AAA wanted to test AEB to see how it has progressed since it was first rolled out to production vehicles nearly 20 years ago. That’s not what they found…

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