Do you know about automatic emergency braking systems? Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems may be the new frontier in safety technology. Let us go over a few things you may need to know about emergency braking systems in order to use this technology to the fullest to keep yourself and your family safe.

An AEB system is intended to alert a driver to avoid a potential crash into another vehicle. All AEB systems can detect other cars, and many are able to detect pedestrians, cyclists, and roadway hazards. The system detects a potential forward crash if your car may be getting too close to another vehicle or to a hazardous object in the roadway, and you may be driving at too fast a speed to avoid it. The system tries to alert the driver with enough time for the driver to correct course and avoid a crash by swerving or slowing down. If the driver does not respond acutely and in enough time, an AEB system can automatically hit the brakes in an attempt to prevent, or mitigate the effects of, a resulting car crash. If the driver is already hitting the brakes, the AEB can increase the force if necessary.

An AEB system may use a combination of different technologies. Many use sensors placed into different areas of the vehicle for maximum effect. Cameras may also be installed behind your rearview mirror. The system uses data sent from the sensors to calculate when a crash may be impending. Some AEB systems are able to provide reverse automatic braking, which reduces the impact of any collision when you accidentally back into something else by applying the same technology in that situation.

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