Automatic rear brake system could turn into a mandatory feature

By CRM Staff

Toronto, Ontario – August 2, 2018 – A new system of technology that brakes automatically when backing into something, maybe mandatory in every vehicle in the near future, according to the Globe and Mail

Rear Collision Intervention is a system that has been put into a select set of vehicles to prevent drivers from backing up and hitting something or someone. Different manufacturers refer to this system as different names. Hyundai refers to it as the Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, while Nissan refers to it as the Intelligent Brake Assist. But with every manufacturer they all serve the same purpose.

The vehicle will apply brakes, visual alerts and warning sounds when something is detected that is in the way. Although, the visual alerts and sounds are nothing new, the automatic brakes are.

Some systems also incorporate cameras situated around the car while others use sonar.

To name a few of the newer vehicles that have the brake feature are Nissan’s 2018 Infiniti and Armada cars, Toyota’s 2018 Camry and Lexus LS, RX and NX models, and Hyundai’s 2019 Santa Fe.

Believe it or not, the back-up cameras that are in a lot of newer vehicles have been in the market for around 20 years. This year Transport Canada made them mandatory for every new vehicle to have.

Scott Pak, senior product planning manager for Nissan North America told the Globe and Mail, that this is the next step.

“There’s a consolidated effort to adopt this quite quickly,” he said.

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