How Advanced Emergency Braking Systems work

AEBS can reduce the number of traffic collisions on our roads.

As car technology advances further and further, we see manufacturers release more state-of the-art innovative safety features to new models each year. With all of these features at your disposal, it can be difficult to get your head around how they all work.

In this article we will explain how Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) work, and how it can reduce impact speeds and the number of traffic collisions on our roads.

AEBS uses Radar, a camera or Lidar-based technology to scan the road ahead. The Radar sensor is mounted on the front of the vehicle usually located in the front bumper or grille area while Lidar sensors and cameras are usually located at the top of the windscreen.

When a potential collision is detected and the driver fails to respond, the system will automatically apply the brakes. This is done to either prevent the collision from happening or reduce its severity, by bringing down the car’s speed.

The AEBS system does not need to be switched on or off, it is constantly scanning the road as you drive and will alert the driver via warning light on the dashboard accompanied by an audio alert of beeping sound if activated.

Emergency Braking Light

Only vehicles with Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) can be awarded a top score five-star NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) rating. AEBS is currently not a mandatory fitment on new cars however, it will become fitted as standard from July 2024 on all new cars sold in the European Union.

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