Consumer Reports Provides Guide on Cars With Advanced Safety Features

24 Mar 2021

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you should consider one that has active safety systems. These days, manufacturers are creating vehicles with systems that could help you mitigate or avoid an accident in all different types of situations like backing out in a busy parking lot, changing lanes into an undetected vehicle in your blind spot or closing in on another vehicle too fast.

Some main active safety systems are:

  1. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB): Detects possible accidents while traveling forward, offers forward crash warning and applies the brakes automatically to lessen or avoid the severity of the crash. Certain systems also include object or pedestrian detection.
  2. Forward crash Warning (FCW): Detects impending crashes while traveling forward and will alert the driver. Certain systems include object or pedestrian detection.
  3. High-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking (HAEB): The brakes are applied automatically to decrease the severity of crash when traveling at highway speeds.
  4. City Automatic Emergency Braking (CAEB): The brakes are applied automatically to reduce the severity of a crash or prevent a crash when traveling at city speed.
  5. Lane Departure Warning (LDW): Monitors the position of your vehicle within the driving lane and will alert the driver as the vehicle crosses or approaches lane markers.
  6. Pedestrian Detection (PD): Detects pedestrians, then will provide a warning as well as trigger emergency braking automatically, if needed. Certain systems can also detect cyclists.
  7. Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA): Helps to keep the vehicle within t
  8. he driving lane by assisting with steering.
  9. Blind Spot Warning (BSW): Will detect any vehicles to rear in adjacent lanes while you drive and alert you to their presence.
  10. Rear Automatic Emergency Braking (REAR AEB): Will detect possible crash while traveling in reverse and apply the brakes automatically to lessen the severity of or avoid impact. Certain systems offer object or pedestrian detection.
  11. Rear Cross Traffic Warning (RCTW): Will detect vehicles approaching from the rear and side of your vehicle while traveling in reverse and will alert you.

Each manufacturer will have their own offering of these active safety systems and their own terms. To help interpret each manufacturer’s offerings, Consumer Reports compiled a table showing the available advanced systems and features with certain common names.

You might not realize this, but GPS tracking could also be a safety feature, especially with teenage drivers with harsh braking and speeding alerts. GPS tracking can also benefit fleet management as well since it alerts fleet managers of poor fleet driving behaviors, which include the same harsh braking and speeding, along with excessive idling.

 

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