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Nissan to offer automatic emergency braking as standard next year

Nissan to offer automatic emergency braking as standard next year

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Nissan have announced that they will be making automatic emergency braking a standard feature across their vehicle range from 2018. It made the announcement last week and we think it is a great idea.

 
From early 2018, seven of Nissan’s vehicles will be manufactured and sold with automatic emergency braking (AEB) as a standard feature. 2018 Altima, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport and Sentra models will feature AEB as standard. All models except those with manual transmissions or with NISMO tuning will eventually be included.
 
Nissan is one of 20 automakers committed to including AEB on all vehicles by 2022 and is the first to commit their range. Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda and others will all be doing the same over the next four years.
 
Automatic emergency braking
Automatic emergency braking has been around a few years now but has been steadily improved as technology advances. It uses forward looking radar to assess the road in front and to anticipate potential collision risks. If the system detects a risk, it alerts the driver through an audible sound or a vibrating steering wheel depending on the system.
 
If the driver takes action, the system resets. If the driver does not take action, the system will safely apply the brakes to mitigate any potential collision.
 
AEB has proven itself reliable over exhaustive testing and real life use. Now is a good time to begin introducing it into all vehicles. The public has confidence in it as it has proven safe and effective. While we may not trust fully autonomous cars yet, this is a more comfortable middle ground.
 
For automakers, it should help their models achieve higher safety ratings which usually has a beneficial effect on sales.
 
Nissan vehicles score credibly well in safety tests so this should elevate them further up the table compared to competing manufacturer models. As safety is now an influential part of our decision making process, sales should increase noticeably for those vehicles equipped with AEB and other automated safety technologies. Expect to see other features added to cars going forward.
 
Nissan already manufacture a selection of high safety score vehicles.

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