Autonomous braking is a huge step, and, imho, more exciting at the moment than full autonomous driving because it can save lives right now, and is unlikely to take them (shots fired at Uber).
But buyer beware. Even within the IIHS safety standards, there is considerable variability. I love my Toyota Corolla (2017), but it's braking will only take a few mph off after warning you. I can't wait until my lease expires and I can upgrade to the Subaru (edit: or maybe the Volvo from TFA). Look up the videos, they are fully capable of stopping without any collision up to ~40 mph (disclaimer: never rely on these safety features, it's still your responsibility to be safe).
Do your research, happy and safe driving!
I drove into a dust storm in Central Washington in a rental Volvo several years back and autobraking saved me from rear ending a car. I made it out, but a huge pileup ended up happening just behind me. https://www.kiro7.com/news/massive-crash-closes-eastbound-i-...
It's a weird piece. The describe the XC90 as the safest car they ever tested, and that it hadn't had a fatality since 2002. Then it attributes it to AEB.
The problem is that the XC90 got its AEB in 2015. This cannot be the reason for the impressive safety levels since 2002.
I recently bought a WV Atlas with adaptive cruise control and front assist. It also has a variety of other sensors and assists. It is no way an AV, but these features IMHO add a lot of value. If every car had them, I bet road safety would increase significantly. I agree with the article. I think it is a big deal.
I'd like to see more variable brake lights to go with this:
i.e. a strip of light across the rear of the vehicle, that progressively lights up according to how hard the vehicle is braking (or anticipates braking, if it's autonomous).
Some cars have a flash-brake-lights-under-heavy-braking, but I think it would help traffic flow if you can more easily distinguish a touch of the brakes from a press of the brakes.
Volvo's stated goal is:
"Vision 2020 is about reducing the number of people that die or are seriously injured in road traffic accidents to zero. "
As sceptical as I am about corporate statements, you can see that Volvo is steadily working on this. They don't do splashy announcements or announce revolutions in driving, and yet they bring more and more changes and improvements to their cars. From assisted braking to lane assist to blind spot information to city collision avoidance to many many other small and big improvements.
Anti-lock brakes never yielded the accident reduction expected, primarily because drivers used the improved braking performance to drive faster in poorer conditions.
I guess the AEB works at reducing accidents because it IS autonomous and does not "improve performance".
BTW the KPI is reduction in insurance cost.
Another reason the XC90 has a great safety record is that it’s a 4500 pound car with a 4 cylinder engine. This isn’t safety enhancing in itself but does ensure that it is only bought by people with the most sedate driving habits.
I was wondering about the AEB when the Uber accident happened. It should’ve been equipped with AEB but it still hit a pedestrian. Did they just pull out the whole software and replace it with their own navigation logic?
Volvo's automatic collision braking sure has improved since 2010
The BBC story, also reported in multiple other places, is a nice bit of Volvo marketing g, but is nonsense.
Volvo introduced Aeb in 2007 on the XC60. The XC90 only got it when they introduced the new generation a few years ago. Therefore claiming that the exceptional safety record of the XC90 is in any way related to AEB is just rubbish.
The reason why XC90s are associated with so few passenger injuries (note, no claims are made for injuries to other road users by XC90s) is that they are large, heavy and chosen by safsr-than-average demographics.
Sure, AEB is a great thing. But it's odd to see "since the safety belt". Air bags have saved more lives than safety belts, haven't they?
Also, I can imagine additional advantages of AEB. If someone's tailgating, just hit your brakes enough that their AEB will trigger.
This feature is also available in "cheaper" cars. My Kia Niro has is, and although I didn't get a chance to make "full" use of this (thankfully), I did incur the "too close" beep which prompted me to break one time I was not paying the road the attention it deserved. As a side note, with auto distance keeping cruise control, lane assist that actually moves the wheel to keep me in lane, side radar that alerts if a car is coming as I try to switch lanes and the AEB, this is great entry into autonomous driving (as far as some core systems that are actually in commercial use already).
I had this engage in my car once. It was the first time I was driving with glasses on - I must have misjudged the distance between me and the next car. Scared me, but not as much as the guy following me a little too closely in his E46.
It does beep randomly sometimes - usually in heavy rain. But that one time it turned on pretty late, so it's a good last resort.
Thats some really impressive stats.
I think this is a combination of great safety equipment, the safeness of the car itself (crash tests and so on) and the people who buys it. Its not the most hardcore drivers who buys a Volvo, even tho the 2017 and newer models are really good looking. Volvo has always been a pioneer in security as well
My relative owns one. The Adaptive cruise control only picks up moving cars in front of you and tries to kill you when there’s a stopped car in front of you, say at a red traffic light. I’ve never been brave (or stupid) enough to see whether the AEB would counter that especially in marginal road conditions.
Anybody know how well these handle water? I imagine a situation after/during heavy rain with giant puddles of water. A car in the lane next to me hits a puddle at high speed throwing a lot of water in the air in front of my car. Does the car slam on its breaks?
There has been a similar system on Mercedes cars (Collision Prevent Assist) for years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5ia5e07BqU
Isn't autonomous braking standard in most new premium-ish cars? My not-so-premium VW has it. Any car that has a distance-sensing cruise control should have it.
Perhaps Tesla should consider licensing this tech from Volvo.
Still, I can't help but feeling sad, as a human, to be taken out of the equation and not be needed anymore.
oh man my Datsun is a coffin compared to these things ha. lap belts are designed to cut you in half <:0