Automatic braking agreed at low speeds from 2020

The United Nations says around 40 countries so far agreed to a draft UN regulation for Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) in cars. (AFP pic)

GENEVA: Forty countries including Japan have agreed on a draft UN regulation for advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) for new cars and light commercial vehicles from early 2020, which the European Union says it will implement from 2022, a UN agency said on Tuesday.

The new regulation, compulsory for countries that adopt it at a June session, will impose strict and harmonised requirements for automatic braking at speeds of up to 60km per hour to save lives, especially in urban settings, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said.

Japan and the EU have said the new AEBS system will become mandatory, representing some 4 million and 15 million new cars respectively each year, the statement said. “It activates the brake to stop a crash and that’s it … It will not drive, it will break,” UNECE spokesman Jean Rodriguez told a briefing.