Types of Automatic Emergency Braking and Its Importance

What is Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)? The name suggests it to be a car safety feature that helps during an emergency. Well, that is what it is. AEB alerts a driver on the even of an accident and allows them to apply the braking to its maximum capacity. If there is no human intervention, the system steps in and applies the brake to prevent the accident or reduce its severity. It also becomes active if the driver’s response is inadequate for

So, this system sounds like a lifesaver and it actually is. We are going to discuss the different categories of AEB and how important it is to have this system in your car.

A Breakdown of the Automatic Emergency Braking System

AEB can be different in various vehicle models. Their primary function is the same: taking corrective action to avoid a crash. But, some systems such as the dynamic brake support (DBS) in Lincoln cars can have some extra functions like cutting the frequency of less severe rear-end crashes.

AEB system
Some systems work well at low speeds. (Photo Source: drivetribe)

AEB systems can loosely fall into three categories:

Low-speed system

This system works well on city streets where vehicles don’t run at high speeds. It detects other vehicles in front of your car and intervenes before the distance gets dangerously close. It is best for preventing crashes and saving passengers from minor injuries like whiplash.

Pedestrian system

As the name suggests, this system detects the movement of pedestrians in the anticipated route of the vehicle. By doing so, it calculates the collision risk and warns the driver.

High-speed system

This AEB type works best for the highways where vehicles run at high speeds. It can monitor up to 200 meters in front of the vehicle to detect any possible hazards.

Some cars may have one or more of these systems to provide the best protection on roads.


Shall You Buy a Car with AEB?

Of course, if you care about the safety of you, your family, and others on the road. Having an Automatic Emergency Braking system in the car can make a significant difference in the number of road accidents and injuries.

Several studies have found that AEB reduces the rate of fatal crashes and subsequent injuries. For example, AEB prevents 35% of rear-end crashes, claimed a 2013 Schittenhelm study. The same research has also found that it can cut the severity of rear-end accidents by 53%, which is pretty impressive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also backs these studies. The federal agency believes that AEB and other safety features in a vehicle can help with reducing the number of road accidents. Its extensive research confirms that the AEB systems available in the vehicles these days can be instrumental in avoiding dangerous crashes and minimizing the impact and severity.

Most of the automakers these days include this system in their makes. Some of them combine their own safety system with it such as Lexus includes the Lexus Safety System+2.0, Porsche has PAS Porsche Active Safe, and Lincoln has Lincoln Co-Pilot360.