Forward Collision Warning Systems 

What is forward collision warning system?

What is a forward collision warning system?

A forward collision warning (FCW) system is an advanced safety technology that monitors a vehicle’s speed, the speed of the vehicle in front of it, and the distance between the vehicles. If vehicles get too close due to the speed of the rear vehicle, the FCW system will warn that driver of an impending crash. It’s important to note that FCW systems do not take full control of the vehicle or keep the driver from operating it.
How does it work?

How does it work?

FCW systems use sensors to detect slower-moving or stationary vehicles. When the distance between vehicles becomes so short that a crash is imminent, a signal alerts the driver so that the driver can apply the brakes or take evasive action, such as steering, to prevent a potential crash. Vehicles with this technology provide drivers with an audible alert, a visual display, or other warning signals.
What types of crashes does it prevent?

What types of crashes does it prevent?

FCW systems help prevent frontal crashes into the rear of slower moving or stopped vehicles.
Does NHTSA recommend?

Does NHTSA recommend forward collision warning systems?

Yes. FCW systems meet NHTSA’s performance specifications, and we recommend you look for this technology when shopping for a vehicle.
What is the current state of this technology?

What is the current state of this technology?

Today, FCW systems are an option on many new cars, SUVs and trucks. To find out if FCW is available in the vehicle you’re interested in buying, visit NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings and search for 2011 vehicles and newer.
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