No matter which 2020you're sizing up, it will have automatic emergency braking.
The Car Connection reported Thursday Ford expanded the active safety technology to even the base F-150 XL. Before, buyers had to step into the F-150 Lariat trim at a minimum to nab AEB. A Ford spokesperson confirmed the feature to Roadshow.
As the original report points out, the move makes Ford the first American automaker to make AEB standard on its light-duty pickup trucks. The F-Series Super Duty still only provides the feature as an option for the base truck, though it's standard on all other trims for the beefier rig.
In fact, Ford received a hypothetical "most improved" award for expanding AEB across its vehicle lineup earlier this year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found the Blue Oval and Hyundai were two automakers that . Today, 65% of Ford's vehicles boast the technology, while 78% of Hyundai vehicles do.
The figures will only continue to climb. In 2016, 20 automakers signed onto a voluntary deal to make AEB standard on every vehicle sold by 2022. By 2025, the deal will expand to medium-duty trucks, too. Automakers that are part of the voluntary pact include Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
As the tech continues to trickle into more vehicles, evidence continues to grow that simple active safety systems create a major impact. Specifically, if AEB, lane-departure warning and blind-spot warning systems were standard on all cars, the IIHS estimates the US would seeper year, a fall of nearly a third.