Automatic emergency braking works worse in the dark, research says

The system of automatic braking and stopping the vehicle when it detects a pedestrian or similar obstacle in front of it is definitely a very interesting helper for the driver, which is already used by a number of modern cars today. However, its functioning is in many cases conditioned by the surrounding conditions.

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This is the conclusion reached during its research by the American company IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), which deals with independent safety tests for insurers and insured persons in the USA. Its experts found that a full 75% of all collisions with pedestrians happen after dark. It is precisely at this moment that the assistant, who should prevent such situations, often fails.

According to research conducted on various vehicle models, only four out of a total of 23 scored full points in the dark. In comparison, nineteen cars scored full points on the day. Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Camry, Toyota Highlander and Ford Mustang Mach-E boasted the highest ratings. At the other end of the spectrum, for example, the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Pilot or Chevrolet Malibu ended up.

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“Eight of the 12 vehicles that scored only a baseline at night performed better in the daytime test,” IIHS vice president of active safety David Ayor said to demonstrate his team’s findings. “As we’ve come to expect, most pedestrian stop systems don’t work very well in the dark. But it’s clear that manufacturers can rise to the challenge because Ford, Toyota or Nissan are showing that it can be done,” added IIHS President David Harkey.

The article is in Czech

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