Japan among 40 nations to back U.N. draft regulation on braking systems

Forty countries including Japan and the European Union have agreed on a draft U.N. regulation for advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) for new cars and light commercial vehicles from early 2020, a U.N. agency said on Tuesday.

The new regulation, compulsory for countries that adopt it at a June session, will impose strict and harmonized requirements for automatic braking at speeds of up to 60 km per hour to save lives, especially in urban settings, the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) 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. There will be no obligation to retrofit older vehicles, he said.