Last year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reached a voluntary agreement with 20 vehicle manufacturers to make automated braking the standard by the year 2022. But, Nissan has decided to up the ante and begin standardizing their vehicles ahead of the new federal safety rules by four years.
Nissan estimates that by the year 2018 they will have 1 million vehicles equipped with the updated brake technology. The models included in the 2018 standard rollout include Altima, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport and Sentra, except for models equipped with manual transmission or NISMO-trim packages.
Nissan hopes the move will increase buyer acceptance of the new brake technology. Nissan North America's vice president of product planning, Michael Bunce, stated, "We've begun to see in our market research that this system is resonating with consumers. Once they have it and experience it activating just one time, they can't live without it."
The company will continue adding the standard safety feature to their product line over the next few years until it's on 100 percent of their models.