The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important? Automatic Emergency Braking will no longer be optional, big changes at Ford, Sting holds a concert for embattled GM plant workers, the French government is investing in battery tech, and more for The Morning Shift of Friday, February 15, 2019. 1st Gear: Forty Countries Agree to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard on All Cars Automatic Emergency Braking is a system that allows a car to warn a driver of an impending crash and even apply the brakes without driver input to avoid or mitigate the collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the tech “the next wave of potential significant advances in vehicle safety,” so clearly, it’s a big deal. That’s probably why 40 countries-including those in the EU and Japan-have agreed to make it standard on all new cars and light commercial vehicles “as soon as next year,” the Associated Press attributes to a statement by a U.N. agency on Tuesday. More details from the story: The regulation will require all vehicles sold to come equipped with the technology by which sensors monitor how close a pedestrian or object might be. The system can trigger the brakes automatically if a collision is deemed imminent and if the driver doesn’t appear set to respond in time. The measure will apply to vehicles at “low speeds”: 60 kilometers per hour (42 mph) or less, and only affects new cars sold in the markets… [Read full story]
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