AEB Systems Save Lives - But Not In the Dark

A recent study by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that AEB (automatic emergency braking) systems only prevent crashes and fatalities in the daytime. 

“This is the first real-world study of pedestrian AEB to cover a broad range of manufacturers, and it proves the technology is eliminating crashes,” says Jessica Cicchino, IIHS VP of Research and the study’s author. “Unfortunately, it also shows these systems are much less effective at night, when three-quarters of fatal pedestrian crashes happen.”

Pedestrian AEB systems are available in nearly nine out of ten model-2021 vehicles. Since 2019, IIHS has taken measures to urge and encourage manufacturers to improve these systems due to their high prevalence in vehicles combined with their inoperability in low visibility conditions and the high fatality rate at night. 

IIHS is now taking it a step further by developing a nighttime test and has announced its plan to publish the first official nighttime crash pedestrian ratings in 2022. 

Nighttime and adverse weather are still the industry’s biggest challenges and prevent AEBs from serving their purpose - prevent crashes and save lives, day and night, come rain or shine. 

This can already be solved with Bright Way Vision’s original and patented GatedVision technology - powering the world’s first automotive night and all-weather camera that provides clear-as-day images at night and in all low-visibility weather.

VISDOM, our camera system, is now commercially available and in serial production, and we invite all brands aspiring to include night and all-weather vision in their sensor suite to see GatedVision in action.

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