Anti-Lock Brakes

GENEVA — Neither the U.S. nor China are part of a 40-country group led by Japan and EU that agreed Tuesday to require automated braking systems in new cars and light commercial vehicles, starting next year.

For vehicles at “low speeds” — 42 mph or less — the feature employs sensors that monitor the proximity of a pedestrian or object. If a collision is deemed imminent, and if the driver appears slow to respond, the system can trigger the brakes automatically.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe said Tuesday that a Feb. 1 draft agreement is set to be formally adopted in June.

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