Automakers are always looking for ways to make cars safer, as well as more convenient for drivers on the road. One of the newest and most significant developments has been Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). The AEB has been called the most significant safety feature in preventing fatalities since the seatbelt and airbag.
What is Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)?
AEB safety technology stops the car without the active assist of the driver. The AEB system takes into account the road conditions, as well as traffic conditions, ahead of the car, and the system will automatically brake the car if the driver does not stop in a safe and appropriate manner.
How AEB Works
The AEB technology utilizes various technologies to monitor the immediate road environment in front of the driver. If any potential threats appear, the AEB will alert the driver. If the driver fails to respond appropriately to avoid the hazards, the AEB system will automatically use the brakes to avoid the collision or, if the collision cannot be avoided, at least lessen the impact. The actual technology used depends on the vehicle make and model, but most systems use radar, camera, laser or a combination of all technologies.
The system also determines how hard the brake force will be, depending on the hazard, as well as the speed of the car. The force can be a full braking force, causing the car to suddenly stop or a lessen force, simply reducing the speed to avoid the collision. Different AEB systems function in different manners to respond to various hazards. Some systems are effective in urban areas where the speeds are lower, while others handle rural driving or multi-lane, interstate conditions.
The Importance of the Technology
The AEB system is important in that it not only reduces the car’s speed during a collision, thus reducing the severity of impact, but it can also completely stop the crash from happening.
According to the research institute Thatcham, the AEB is “probably the most significant development in car safety since the seatbelt.” The key in this technology is that while the car’s seatbelts or airbags protect drivers and passengers in a crash, the AEB system reduces the possibility of the accident happening at all.
Is the AEB available in All Vehicles?
Currently, the AEB is installed as standard in only about a fifth of all new vehicles. However, steps are being made to ensure that AEB will become a standard feature in the future. Most of the efforts are being made to ensure that AEB is standard in European vehicles, but it is the hope of automotive safety experts that the technology will become standard across the board for all new vehicles, regardless of where they are made.
**Remember, that while the above vehicle safety features are designed to help prevent a car crash, they do not replace safe driving. As a responsible driver, you must always remember to drive defensively. Defensive driving involves using observation, anticipation and control to help you prepare for the unexpected. Pay attention to your surroundings while behind the wheel, always wear a seatbelt and avoid driving while distracted. **
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