Using four commonly used tools, AAA began testing the AEB system to see how it has evolved since it first appeared in production vehicles nearly 20 years ago. The results were not very good.
“Automatic emergency braking does a good job for the limited task for which it was designed,” said Greg Brannon, AAA director of automotive technology and industrial relations. Said. “Unfortunately, this task was set years ago and the standards for managing low speed accidents have not changed.”
Over the years, the AEB system has proven useful in reducing low-speed reverse collisions, but AAA wanted to see how well it worked in two of the more common and deadlier collision scenarios: T-shaped collisions and left turns before oncoming traffic. cars.
The results were pretty depressing. In both tests, both in the case of a T-collision and when turning left in front of an oncoming vehicle, the AEB system was unable to avoid any of the collisions prepared by AAA. The system also failed to warn the driver and slow the vehicle down.
In rear crash tests, the AEB system performed slightly better, provided the speed was lower.