At Consumer Reports, the road we’ve traveled with consumers these past 80 years has been marked with historic safety victories, from seat belts in the 1960s to airbags in the ’80s to electronic stability control in the 2000s. This month we’re setting our eyes on the road ahead—and the next groundbreaking milestone in auto safety.

As technology advances, it brings with it the opportunity to save countless lives. But that opportunity can’t be seized unless consumers spur action from manufacturers and policymakers. That’s why, today, we’re standing with you by calling for two landmark car-safety innovations, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, to become standard in all new vehicles. These technologies—already helping to measurably lower injury and death rates in a number of high-end cars—represent the next evolution in safety. Because of their proven effectiveness in guarding against obstacles on the road ahead, they belong in every new car, regardless of the buyer’s budget. Your family’s safety is too important to exclude these lifesaving features from any model.

Until those innovations become standard industrywide, Consumer Reports is rewarding automakers who have already done right by consumers by including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking in all vehicles, as a standard feature across all trim levels. Cars that come equipped with those technologies receive bonus points in our brand-new Overall Score—our latest innovation designed to make it easier for you and your family to come to an informed decision about the car that’s right for you. As always, your support makes it possible for us to partner with you to ensure that the road ahead is safe and clear. 

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the April 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.