How Automatic Emergency Braking Systems Work and When They Won't
By Sami Haj-Assaad – Trader.ca
The future we were promised may have included flying cars, and while the vehicles we have in 2020 don't fly, they are incredibly smart and are designed with a focus on safety. Cars today are so advanced that many can apply the brakes automatically to prevent a collision. Called automatic emergency braking or forward collision avoidance, these safety systems are impressive and useful, but they're not guaranteed to work 100 per cent of the time or be a replacement for actually paying attention to the road. These systems are meant specifically for emergencies and each system out there has limitations.
In alphabetical order, here are a few examples of how systems from different automakers can operate, detailing when they apply brakes and when they won't.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram/Fiat
There are a few driver assistance systems in use at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), so depending on the vehicle or brand, you may get a different experience.
One of the more common systems is called "Forward Collision Warning Plus." This system uses radar and cameras to detect a possible collision. When it does detect a potential crash, it will notify the driver with a visual and audio alert, urging them to take action. To help with the braking performance, it preloads the brakes for better response. If the driver doesn't react, then the system will momentarily apply the brakes to further alert the driver. If the driver still doesn't respond, the system will then apply the brakes to slow the vehicle before impact.
A newer upgraded system is also offered called Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus. It operates almost identically to the Forward Collision Warning-Plus system except it can bring the car to a complete stop instead of just slowing the vehicle down. The IIHS has tested several vehicles using this system with plenty of success. In vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500, Jeep Compass, and Chrysler Pacifica, the system has stopped the vehicle in time to prevent a crash at speeds up to 40 km/h.
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