What in the world is: Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation?
Seriously. Because that sounds like a mouthful and like some crazy magic stuff. It’s really not though. It’s actually another really cool safety feature to help avoid bodily and property harm. This feature borrows technology used for Adaptive Cruise Control (the radar and video sensors) and uses the Ready Alert Braking to alert the driver to an impending collision and even slow and/or stop the vehicle if necessary. I had a little experience with this while filming our “Joyride” video on the same trail that I mentioned which actually lead me to do our Backup Camera (“Parkview with Dynamic Grid Lines” by Chrysler) video. We were trying to find some good, tight, technical trails to show off the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. I ended up going a pretty long way up the trail in the dark before we realized that the trail was actually a dead end. So, we got to back it up and a couple of time when it detected I was about to hit something it alerted me. When I promptly ignored the warning (because “I’m a man and I do it my way!”, apparently…) the vehicle would apply the brakes for a short while to get my attention. Usually it was at that point where I would yield to a system who’s sole purpose it was to prevent harm to the vehicle and myself. However, one time I did not and kept going and it brought the vehicle to a full stop! I may not be the focus group for such features because once I figure out that they exist I then proceed to test them to their limits! This does however afford me the opportunity to tell those of you who are curious about what your car (or your potential next vehicle) can do. This feature is so subtle that I would bet most drivers would never know their vehicle has this technology in it unless it absolutely had to deploy to prevent an accident. In which case the thankful individual would probably look up what happened and find an article such as this to bring some clarity to it all. I love a vehicle that’s confident in it’s safety and considers it standard without having to brag about it, such as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk we drove that had this built-in. Had I not been on that trail in the first place I would never have realized how handy this feature!
Let’s get the official from Chrysler:
Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation
- Addresses traffic-gap changes
- Pre-fills the brakes to prepare for emergency driver intervention when radar and video sensors detect a fast-closing obstacle ahead
- Determines if the other object is in motion (and its speed) and automatically engages the brakes when a collision is imminent
- Provides advance warning that allows the driver time to decide the appropriate action to help prevent a collision
- Correspondingly ratchets up the response if collision risk remains by:
- Audibly and visually warning the driver
- A brief deployment of the brakes to alert the driver
- 1.5-second brake deployment to quicken the driver’s reaction time
- Deployment of Advanced Brake Assist (ABA) if the driver is not braking aggressively enough
Hey, I think I hit the nail right on the head with that one! It helps that I’ve seen this in action. This is one of those features that would be quite difficult to demonstrate on a test drive with your Sales Professional when you come in for your appointment through our World Class Internet Department! Definitely ask to have this feature explained a little better for you if you’d like. At any rate, you can remain confident while driving your new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram vehicle knowing that it will do everything in it’s power to help prevent injury to yourself and others as well as property damage.
Thanks again for reading!
Jason Lee Gibson
Your Automotive Digital Informant