active safety

Some pedestrian detection systems are ineffective at avoiding crashes, IIHS finds
Some pedestrian detection systems are ineffective at avoiding crashes, IIHS finds

Pedestrian detection systems on six mid-size cars earned top honors from the IIHS on Tuesday for recognizing adults and children in roadways and significantly slowing or stopping altogether to avoid injurious or fatal crashes. Three other mid-size sedans didn't earn a rating because they failed to...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
What are active safety features and how do they work?

Safety always has been a top concern for car shoppers. Recently, it has become a source of frustration. Nearly a quarter of car shoppers who bought or leased a model year 2019 vehicle found the technology to be annoying or bothersome, according to a J.D. Power study of more than 20,000 consumers...Read More»

Honda safety demonstration
Many new car owners say active safety features annoy them

Active safety features have become key reasons why people choose one car over another, but according to one ownership survey, some buyers may opt out when it comes time to purchase their next vehicle. The survey results were released this week as part of J.D. Power's 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index...Read More»

2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review
2019 Lincoln Nautilus recalled to remind drivers to keep hands on the wheel

A small number of 2019 Lincoln Nautilus models have been recalled to remedy a driver-assist system that won't remind drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. Documents filed by Lincoln in January and published last week by the NHTSA show Ford issued a recall for 2,276 Nautilus crossover SUVs to...Read More»

2017 Renault Zoe
EU moves to make active safety tech mandatory on new cars

A European Union committee last week unveiled a proposal for new regulations that would require cars to be equipped with a raft of collision-avoiding active safety tech. The EU said in a release that its House of Representatives will vote on the Internal Market Committee's proposal in March. The...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
IIHS begins evaluating how effectively cars automatically brake for pedestrians

The BMW X1 didn't even appear to slow down as it barreled toward a dummy on the IIHS' test track in Virginia. With a pop, the small crossover SUV plowed into the dummy, launching it into the air. Nine of 11 crossover SUVs tested by the IIHS had no problem automatically applying the brakes in enough...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
NTSB calls on Congress to make collision-avoidance tech mandatory for new vehicles

The NTSB released its annual "Most Wanted" list, actions it hopes the federal government takes in the next one to two years. On top of the docket: to mandate that every new vehicle sold in the U.S. features crash-avoidance technology such as automatic emergency braking. The list, published on...Read More»

Volvo City Safety collision avoidance system now with automatic emergency steering
AAA wants to standardize active safety tech names

Shopping for a new car with life-saving active safety tech can be a challenge, and not just because of rapidly evolving technology. Compounding the confusion is that there is no widely accepted name for technologies such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors. AAA said last week...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
IIHS: Automatic emergency braking reduces crashes in GM vehicles

Sometimes technology is a good thing. New research presented by the IIHS Tuesday shows automatic emergency braking systems helped reduce the number of collisions and crash-related injuries in General Motors vehicles. The independent safety body said optional front crash prevention systems (which...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Study finds drivers trust active safety tech but are unaware of limitations

A study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety in September found that drivers of vehicles with advanced driver assistance system technologies in their vehicles found them to be generally helpful and trustworthy, but failed to understand the limitations of the system...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Fiat Chrysler commits to automatic emergency braking—and radar sensors

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will join 19 automakers in signing an auto-industry commitment to implement automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology. The pact, originally drafted in December by Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S crash test by NHTSA (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)
How Will Auto Safety Ratings Change In The Future?

Car safety has evolved at a rapid pace—a pace that likely wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t so carefully monitored by two major safety agencies in the U.S. They’re the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees NCAP testing...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf R  -  Driven, January 2015
2016 Volkswagen Golf, Jetta Earn Top Safety Credentials From IIHS

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf hatchback models, the Golf SportWagen, and the Volkswagen Jetta sedans have all been placed in the top safety tier offered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one of the two U.S. agencies that conduct crash tests. Each of these models (now fully including...Read More»

Toyota Pre-Collision System
Toyota Adding Affordable Auto-Braking Systems: An Active-Safety Tipping Point?

Toyota recently announced plans to make what has been a rather exclusive kind of active-safety system a lot more accessible—by making affordable auto-braking systems available on most of its model lines within the next year. While such systems—the kind that will help slow you for an...Read More»

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