A test vehicle crashes into a dummy car.
AAA says the auto industry needs to update its testing protocols for AEB. | Image: AAA

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is pretty good at preventing rear-end crashes at low speeds, but it sucks when vehicles are traveling at more normal speeds, according to new research from the American Automobile Association (AAA).

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 could help prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries by 2025.

Using four regular vehicles, AAA wanted to test AEB to see how it has progressed since it was first introduced in production cars nearly 20 years ago. What they found was not that…

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