By on May 6, 2022

The Insurance Institue for Highway Safety (IIHS) has beefed up its automatic-emergency braking test because it’s now gotten too easy.

According to the IIHS, that’s because automakers have now met the standards it set when it began the test in 2013.

A lot more vehicles come equipped with automatic-emergency braking now than nine years ago. So the original test, which used speeds of 12 mph and 25 mph, is a bit out of date in the eyes of the IIHS.

“Thankfully, in the real world, AEB systems are preventing crashes at higher speeds than the maximum 25 mph our test program uses,” says IIHS Senior Research Scientist David Kidd, the author of a new paper. “The problem is that our current evaluation doesn’t tell us how well specific systems perform at those speeds.”

The Institute says that around 85 percent of model-year 2022 vehicles have earned a “Superior” rating.

For 2023, the test will use speeds of 35 and 45 mph and be expanded to see how well each system can detect motorcycles and large trucks. This is because rear-end collisions are most common at speeds between 35-45 mph and fatalities are a common occurrence when collisions involve large trucks or motorcycles.

A vehicle needs to score an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating to earn a Top Safety Pick+ nod.

[Image: IIHS]

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10 Comments on “IIHS Beefs Up Automatic-Emergency Braking Test...”


  • avatar
    jkross22

    “The Insurance Institue for Highway Safety (IIHS) has beefed up its automatic-emergency braking test because it’s now gotten too easy.”

    This is a logic failure. The only reason to make the test harder is if it’s not preventing injuries or accidents – the goal of the test in the first place.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      I think by “too easy” they are referring to the speed used in the test. Auto braking tests limited to under 25 MPH sounds like a solution for stop and go type city traffic only. Per the article they are aligning the test speeds to match real world crash data. Seems logical to me.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    The vehicle should start braking, go into limp mode, flashers ON and infotainment OFF as soon as it detects the driver’s eyes aren’t where they should be. Or head up their own A$$.

    Now I’m not singling out Tesla drivers, “self”, ghost, pretend “autonomous” driving nor skinny jeans.

  • avatar
    Urlik

    IIHS working every day to reduce insurance payouts and raising the price of your cars.

    • 0 avatar

      Don’t forget, also, lower speed limits, lower performance, support camera enforcement. Literally the only place IIHS lines up with the driver is the crash test…the rest is propaganda for the industry. Unfortunately, IIHS is good at releasing the crash test porn for local TV nooz to snap up, so when they push the propaganda, they are considered a source by the TV stations. IIHS Studies are marvels of cherry picking for the result you want.

  • avatar
    Skippity

    “lower speed limits, lower performance, support camera enforcement”

    Makes driving and riding in cars safer.

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