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July 09, 2015 18:05

What Is A Forward Collision Mitigation System?

Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system mainly detects the distance and speed of vehicle moving right in front and automatically applies brakes with respect to that. This way it brings down the chances of collision by a considerable level and under severe condition reduces the effect of collision. FCM are completely different from forward collision warning systems and should not be confused with that. The collision mitigation system both warns and slows down the car. The collision warning system, on the other hand, only warns the driver to slow down and avoid collision.

How Is Forward Collision Warning System Ahead Of Others?

According to some recent test track databases, FCM systems have proved to be more reliable as compared to rear-end collision systems. The reliability quotient of FCMs exceeds from all other contemporary systems by around 80 per cent. These were recently awarded with 5-Open Star rating. Insurance data reveal that Volvo cars with and without forward collision mitigation systems showed a crash reduction of 23 per cent.

Why Look For This Automobile Technology In Your New Car?

Given the present scenario, forward collisions occur at a more common frequency and account for around quarter of total crashes on Indian roads. Implementation of FCM systems in car will not only avoid collision but will enhance the overall safety standard of your new car. Also, vehicles with special safety gadgets have a better resale value in used car markets. The basic aim of this automobile technology is to alert drivers to upcoming dangers and take precautionary action to avoid accidents.

What Drivers Think About This System?

Though, it will take some time for FCM systems to become a part of standard offering with new cars in India, there exists great scope for this automobile technology in a country like ours. The system is slowly gaining popularity and more and more people are now becoming aware of it. As a recent survey in U.S., around 60 per cent of people agreed with its usefulness and were satisfied with its application. Only some drivers who were prey of false braking incidences showed reluctance towards it.

Who Benefits Most With These Systems?

This automobile technology will benefit most to them who are in a rush and are less careful about their surroundings while driving. In short, it is a useful protective system for distracted drivers; a category that is including more and more young generation and professionals unfortunately.

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