How Well Do Automatic Braking Systems Work?

How Well Do Automatic Braking Systems Work?
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A lot of people heard me talking about the automatic braking system on the new 2019 Subaru Ascent I reviewed last week, and that prompted a lot of questions. The big question is, like all technology in vehicles, how well does it work?

Although some folks are skeptical about new features on vehicles, the government and automakers have agreed that all vehicles by 2022 will have this safety feature, so Americans are going to have to get used to this technology. Today, roughly 10% of cars on the road have automatic braking. It is probably a good idea that all vehicles will have this technology in the next five years since one-third of all crashes are rear-end collisions.

In years past, I�ve reviewed many luxury vehicles with automatic braking, but today this feature is available on mainstream cars like Hyundai Elantra, Mazda CX-3, Kia Forte, and Jeep Renegade, but it is optional and at an extra charge for now.

Read: 2019 Mazda CX-3 Lineup Adds Standard Smart City Brake

How Automatic Emergency Braking Works

So, how does it work? The answer depends on the particular vehicle. Some are supposed to come to a complete stop by itself, other systems are designed to slow the vehicle down to lessen the damage. It is important to understand and ask questions if you are considering a car today with automatic braking. You do not want to come to rely on your car braking itself, most systems still take driver interaction to completely avoid a crash.