How Does Forward Collision Warning Work?
Forward Collision Warning can be found on many vehicles on the road today and the system continues to protect drivers and passengers on their everyday drives, but what is Forward Collision warning?
Forward Collision Warning is a driver assistance safety feature that uses radar sensors, lasers, and/or cameras to detect other vehicles in front of the driver’s vehicle. Some systems can even detect other objects like people, bikes, and animals.
The system alerts the driver via a visual, audible, or tactical response to the detection of something in front of the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle and the systems design, the specific alert that will activate varies depending on the situation.
The Forward Collision Warning system can also be equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking. Automatic Emergency Braking will automatically slow down or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision if the driver does not react to the other alerts quick enough. If the system is not equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking, the vehicle will not stop until the driver takes action when the alerts sound.
Some systems only work at a certain speed, some systems can detect objects other than just vehicles, and some systems include rear collision detection so the best bet is to check the owner’s manual to ensure you know what systems and features your vehicle is equipped with.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), Forward Collision Warning decreases front-to-rear crashes with injuries by 27%. When combined with Automatic Braking, the system reduces accident rates with injuries by 56%!
Although some Forward Collision Warning systems can autonomously stop the vehicle, it is not a substitute for staying alert when driving. Be sure that you understand the system and how it works and be aware of your surroundings when driving at all times.