Image courtesy of Nissan.

Image courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is making automatic emergency braking standard on a projected 1 million 2018-model year vehicles sold in the U.S., including some of the company’s most popular models, the automaker said.

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) uses radar technology to monitor a vehicle’s proximity to the vehicle ahead, giving the driver audible and visual display warnings to help the driver reduce the vehicle’s speed if a potential frontal collision is detected. If the driver fails to respond, the AEB system can apply the brakes, helping the driver to avoid the collision or reduce the speed of impact if it’s unavoidable.

According to a 2013 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of all police-reported crashes involve a rear-end collision. NHTSA also reported in 2015 that systems such as AEB can help reduce injury insurance claims by as much as 35%.

“The big news here is that we’re making AEB standard across all grades of our best-selling models,” said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planning for Nissan North America. “This increased AEB availability is part of our ongoing commitment to help reduce fatalities while realizing our comprehensive vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility."

The projected 2018 AEB sales are more than double that of previous model years. AEB will be offered as standard equipment on 2018 Rogue and Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra (except manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions) models, as well as select Armada models, Nissan said.