South Korea's government has said it will require all vehicles to have an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system and lane departure warning system to improve safety on the road.

According to the Yonhap news agency, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said it will revise vehicle safety regulations to require the automatic safety systems as part of efforts to reduce drowsy driving-related crashes.

Currently, commercial vehicles longer than 11 meters and trucks and special purpose vehicles weighing over 20 tons are required to have AEB and lane departure warning systems.

The new rule will apply to passenger vehicles starting from January 2019, and to trucks and other vehicles from July 2021, the ministry said.

All vehicles will also have to install rear pedestrian detection systems, and electric vehicles will be required to have a warning sound to alert pedestrians when backing up, the ministry said.

In 2015, the US Department of Transportation, its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) let it be known that ten major automakers have committed to making AEB a standard feature on all new vehicles built. They are Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Since the voluntary agreement of 2015, automakers have been reported to be moving slowly on the widespread fitment of AEB. In June 2017, Nissan's US unit said it was making AEB standard on a projected 1m vehicles sold in the US for the model year 2018, including seven of the company's most popular models – Rogue/Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra (except manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions).

Toyota has said it will make automatic emergency braking standard on nearly all its US models by the end of 2017.

General Motors offers automatic braking as optional equipment on about two-thirds of its models.

55%

Forecast fitment rate for AEB on light vehicles made in North America in 2020

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