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Automatic emergency braking should only be used as a last resort

Sep 29, 2022, 9:30 PM

Trucks are lined up for sale at Low Book Sales in Lindon on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Most new vehicl...

Trucks are lined up for sale at Low Book Sales in Lindon on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Most new vehicles are required to have an automatic emergency braking system. The AAA of Utah says that braking system should be used as a last resort. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Automatic emergency braking should only be used as a last resort, that’s according to AAA of Utah. 

According to AAA of Utah, a new study discovered some limitations during real-world testing of automatic emergency braking technology.

It found automatic emergency braking does not prevent crashing into other vehicles at intersections when people make left-hand turns.  The brake system also only prevented rear-end collisions when the drivers were traveling between 30 and 40 mph. 

Ninety-nine percent of all new vehicles require an emergency braking system.

The vice president of Mobility Innovation at AAA of Utah says the braking system is effective under certain scenarios. However, it has its limits. So, drivers should only use it as a last resort to prevent a crash.

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

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Automatic emergency braking should only be used as a last resort