The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry will introduce new assessment standards for automatic braking systems of automobiles from fiscal 2018. The government will give approval to cars that meet certain standards, aiming to raise overall safety performance levels.
An automatic braking system uses cameras and sensors installed on a car to detect obstacles, automatically decelerating to avoid a collision or mitigate the impact of accidents. Due to a number of accidents involving cars driven by elderly people and others, there is a growing awareness of safety, which has helped spread the system.
According to the transport ministry, 4.3 percent of new passenger cars were equipped with automatic braking systems in 2012, but the figure rose to 66.2 percent in 2016. The government aims to raise the ratio to 90 percent by 2020.