February 12, 2019 / 5:57 PM / 7 days ago

CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-Automatic braking agreed at low speeds from 2020 - UN

(Corrects headline, lead to say EU implementation to be from 2022, not 2020, following UN official correction)

GENEVA, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Forty countries including Japan have agreed on a draft U.N. regulation for advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) for new cars and light commercial vehicles from early 2020, which the European Union says it will implement from 2022, a U.N. agency said on Tuesday.

The new regulation, compulsory for countries that adopt it at a June session, will impose strict and harmonised requirements for automatic braking at speeds of up to 60 kms per hour to save lives, especially in urban settings, the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said.

Japan and the EU have said the new AEBS system will become mandatory, representing some 4 million and 15 million new cars respectively each year, the statement said. “It activates the brake to stop a crash and that’s it ... It will not drive, it will brake,” UNECE spokesman Jean Rodriguez told a briefing. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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