Nissan will include automatic emergency braking as standard on most of its 2018 vehicles.

Nissan has announced that it will make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard on most of its vehicles for the 2018 model year.

Currently available as an option one higher-end versions of its car and utility models, Nissan will rollout out AEB as standard equipment on seven vehicle lines for the 2018 model year. Those nameplates include Rogue/Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, LEAF, Pathfinder, Maxima, Sentra and select Armada models. Vehicles with a manual transmission or offered under the NISMO banner will not be available with AEB.

Nissan will sell about 450,000 vehicles with AEB for the 2017 model year, but the automaker expects that figure to grow to 1 million units for the 2018 model year with its latest announcement. That should make for safer roadways; about 33 percent of all police-reported crashes involve a rear-end collision. Moreover, systems like AEB that reduce or completely eliminate rear-end collisions are estimated to reduce injury insurance claims by 35 percent.

"The big news here is that we're making AEB standard across all grades of our best-selling models," said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "This increased AEB availability is part of our ongoing commitment to help reduce fatalities while realizing our comprehensive vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility."

Per an agreement between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and 20 automakers, emergency braking will be required as a standard safety feature by 2022.