Nissan to Build 1 Million Cars With Automatic Braking in 2018
Nissan Motor Co. is moving forward with plans to make the advanced automated braking technology as a standard feature on most of its vehicles that are sold in the U.S.
The radar-based system is being poised to be equipped on more than a million Nissan’s vehicles for the year 2018. Such a figure will cover around two-thirds of all light vehicles that Nissan sells in a year, in the U.S.
Formerly known as the Forward Emergency Braking; the Automatic Emergency Braking Technology is being offered as an optional feature in the top end packages for some Nissan models. By the end of 2017, around 450,000 Nissan vehicles will have the feature.
However, the company will make the feature standard on the 2018 models of these cars: Murano, Altima, Rogue, Maxima, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Rogue Sport. This will not include the cars with NISMO trim package or those with manual transmissions.
The move by the carmaker is commendable and will increase customer awareness and acceptable regarding this active safety technology. The technology has detection mechanism that detects obstacles or stopped traffic to halt the vehicle without the involvement of the driver.
This step comes as a part of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reaching an agreement with over 20 automakers to make the automatic braking feature a standard by 2022.
The data collected by the NHTSA showed that the use of automatic braking would help decrease the injuries by at least 35 percent.
Every vehicle in the Nissan’s product lineup will receive automatic braking as a standard safety feature in the next few years, based on the Nissan’s schedule. It ‘s hard to put a figure on it yet; since the feature is available on the top end versions which are around $7,000-$10,000 more expensive than the base models.
Taking the early lead may help Nissan capture a better market share and at the same time make other automakers fasten the speed on their plans too.