Under Skoda’s feature names of ‘Front Assist’ and ‘City Emergency Braking’, the safety feature could grab the attention of light car competitors in a market segment not always associated with standard safety features.
The Czech carmaker says the new Fabia’s AEB will work at speeds between 5-30km/h, using a radar to continually measure the distance to traffic and objects ahead of the vehicle.
Four levels of intervention are available to the car as it attempts to prevent a collision, beginning with a warning light for the driver.
Level Two is a warning light and an acoustic warning, while the brakes are ‘set up’ to prepare for an emergency stop.
If the driver still fails to react, Level Three sees the brakes ‘pulse’ and begin to provide partial stopping power.
As with other AEB systems, the Fabia will automatically apply the brakes fully during Level Four if it senses the distance between it and an object is now closing too rapidly for the driver to react.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has pushed for AEB to be standard in all new cars sold in Australia, claiming recently that the safety device can reduce collision rates by 38 percent.
ANCAP’s sister program in Europe, Euro NCAP, declared the Fabia the safest new car in its class during testing last year, awarding it the maximum 5-star rating. ANCAP is yet to announce its local safety rating for the new Fabia.
“The Fabia is the perfect city vehicle,” Skoda Australia Director, Michael Irmer, said.
“[It] combines Skoda’s simply clever features in a spacious and attractive package that brings a very important safety feature to a car that will spend most of its time in our cities where this technology is most beneficial.”
The 2015 Skoda Fabia will go on-sale in Australia next month, with pricing and specifications yet to be finalised. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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