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Upton and Burgess Applaud Autonomous Braking Announcement


03.17.16

“What is now an option will soon be standard in most vehicles in a few short years, and that’s good news for safety.”


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), today welcomed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) announcement on the deal reached to place automatic braking systems in most vehicles by 2022.

“Technology in cars is rapidly evolving, and the innovative safety features like autonomous breaking being developed to cut down on accidents is remarkable. Today’s announcement from NHTSA is a welcome step forward in auto safety and industry competitiveness,” said Upton and Burgess. “The proof is in the pudding, and studies have shown that automatic braking technology reduces rear end crashes by 40 percent. What is now an option will soon be standard in most vehicles in a few short years, and that’s good news for safety. This technology is further testament that automakers in Michigan, Texas and across the country continue to proudly lead the world in breakthrough and imaginative technologies to keep folks safe on the road.”

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