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Auto industry group urges feds to rethink rule mandating automatic emergency braking

Grant Schwab, The Detroit News on

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WASHINGTON — A top automotive lobbying group is asking the federal government to reconsider a new rule that will require automatic emergency braking technology in new vehicles by 2029.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents all major U.S. automakers except for Tesla Inc., stressed that it supports the widest possible adoption of the safety feature but said the new regulations, as written, are "practically impossible."

"These are highly technical and engineering related objections. But they are significant," Alliance President and CEO John Bozzella wrote in a letter to Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Beyond the physics and the impracticability of the AEB rule, this episode points to the breakdown of a deliberative rulemaking process at the country’s top traffic safety watchdog," he added.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, by contrast, has celebrated the new rule as a major development in vehicle safety that will avert thousands of accidents every year and billions of dollars in property damage.

The Alliance's full letter to Congress further explains the organization's objections and formal petition against the new rule, which was finalized in April.

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