In six years, almost every new car sold in the U.S. will come with automatic emergency braking systems, making the relatively new safety feature as prolific as airbags or anti-lock brakes.
A group of 10 major automakers plans to announce tomorrow that they will make automatic braking standard on all of their cars by September, 2022, Reuters reports.
Members of the group, which includes Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen, have been in talks with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for several months as they hashed out a plan.
Together, the group of automakers produces over 99 percent of all light vehicles sold in the U.S. today.
Standard automatic braking would represent a big leap in the amount of autonomous technology installed in new vehicles, though automakers are increasingly turning to it as a way of improving road and pedestrian safety.
Under the proposed agreement, some automakers would be allowed to take longer installing the technology in vehicles where it is difficult to adapt, such as those equipped with manual transmissions (but how many of those will be left in 2022?).
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has previously said that having automatic braking in all cars would prevent 20 percent of all crashes, or 1 million accidents annually in the U.S. alone.
By voluntarily agreeing to adopt the technology, the automakers avoid having it imposed on them sometime in the future by bodies like the NHTSA.