What are active safety features and what do they do?

20 Sep
IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testSafety has always 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 within the first 90 days of ownership. Many of the...

What are active safety features and how do they work?

20 Sep
IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testSafety has always 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 within the first 90 days of ownership. Many of the...

Many new car owners say active safety features annoy them

28 Aug
Honda safety demonstrationActive 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 (TXI) study, which asked owners to rate their...

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

4 Mar
2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive reviewA 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 rectify the fault. In the documents, Ford said the...

EU moves to make active safety tech mandatory on new cars

26 Feb
2017 Renault ZoeA 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 proposed mandate is to better align cars with an...

IIHS begins evaluating how effectively cars automatically brake for pedestrians

22 Feb
IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testThe 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 time to avoid impact with pedestrians, the...

NTSB calls on Congress to make collision-avoidance tech mandatory for new vehicles

5 Feb
Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) demo  -  Japan, 11/2012The 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 Monday ahead of the president's State of the Union...

AAA wants to standardize active safety tech names

28 Jan
Volvo City Safety collision avoidance system now with automatic emergency steeringShopping 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 proposed standardized names for every safety...

IIHS: Automatic emergency braking reduces crashes in GM vehicles

14 Nov
2019 Chevrolet EquinoxSometimes 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 includes automating braking and forward-collision...

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

30 Oct
Tesla Enhanced AutopilotA 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. The study surveyed owners of 2016 and 2017...