A 40-nation coalition led by Japan and the European Union has agreed to mandate the inclusion of automated braking systems within new cars and light commercial vehicles, beginning as soon as next year.
All vehicles sold after that will be required to have sensors, monitoring how close a pedestrian or object might be, that trigger the brakes if a collision is imminent, or if the driver does not appear prepared to respond in time.
The measure will be applicable to vehicles traveling at 42 m.p.h. (60 k.p.h.) or less.
Although the U.S., China, and India are members of the United Nations forum that adopted the new regulations, they did not participate in negotiations, in order to ensure their national rules take precedence over U.N. mandates when it comes to the auto sector.
The resolution's drafters inserted a provision permitting drivers to override automated braking systems, to ensure that artificial intelligence will not pre-empt human decisions.
From Associated Press
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