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NTSB Calls for Immediate Action on Collision Avoidance for Vehicles; Cities Slow Progress as Major Safety Issues

In a recent report, the National Transportation Safety Board outlined the life-saving benefits of currently available collision avoidance systems and recommended that the technology become standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles.

NTSB’s Special Investigation report, “The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes”, stresses that collision avoidance systems can prevent or lessen the severity of rear-end crashes, thus saving lives and reducing injuries.

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According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes kill about 1,700 people every year and injure half a million more. More than 80% of these deaths and injuries might have been mitigated had the vehicles including semi-trucks been equipped with a collision avoidance system.

In the report, the NTSB recommends that manufacturers make collision avoidance systems standard equipment in newly manufactured vehicles including tractor trailers and all commercial motor vehicles, beginning with collision warning systems, and adding autonomous emergency braking once NHTSA completes standards for such braking systems.

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