Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akaba Aka announced on the 17th that, in response to social problems such as frequent traffic accidents caused by elderly Japanese driving, new domestic passenger cars made in Japan must be equipped with automatic braking systems from November 2021.
Japan ’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has stated that vehicles that must be equipped with an automatic braking system include Japanese new models and modified vehicles sold in November 2021. New regulations will apply to models already on sale from December 2025. For imported new models and existing models, the new regulations will be implemented around June 2024 and June 2026, respectively.
Akabane said that the automatic braking system can improve the safety performance of the car, but drivers should still drive carefully to prevent accidents caused by excessive reliance on automatic braking.