City Brake Control wins the 'Euro NCAP Advanced' award

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • The safety system which automatically applies the brakes to avoid collisions.
  • Very useful in city traffic, the 'City Brake Control' function is active at speeds up to 30 km/h.
  • Available on demand on Fiat Panda and 500L.

Since 2010 'Euro NCAP Advanced' has awarded manufacturers who equip their cars with cutting-edge safety systems which guarantee real benefits for road users. These innovations include the new 'City Brake Control' which won the prestigious 'Euro NCAP Advanced 2013 award.

Optional on Fiat Panda and 500L,the innovative active safety system detects the presence of vehicles or obstacles in front of the car and automatically applies the brakes if the driver fails to do so in order to avoid the collision or to reduce its consequences

The 'City Brake Control' system was designed to provide assistance in city traffic and is always on when the car is moving at a speed from 5 to 30 km/h. Activated whenever the engine is started, the system can be deactivated and reactivated as the driver prefers.

More in detail, the 'City Brake Control' system uses a LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) type laser sensor located on the upper part of the windscreen to interface with the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system. Depending on certain parameters (such as road surface conditions, vehicle dynamics and trajectories, position of obstacles and condition of the tyres, etc.), by cutting in the system can completely avoid or mitigate the consequences of a collision ('Collision Avoidance' or 'Collision Mitigation').

The sophisticated device integrates three functions: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Prefill and Brake Assist. While respecting the wishes of the driver who remains in full control of the car, the AEB activates emergency braking when a collision appears inevitable and the driver fails to react, thereby actually anticipating his/her reaction. The "Prefill" function instead prefills the braking system to provide a quicker response both when Automatic Emergency Braking system cuts in and the driver brakes. Brake Assist, on the other hand, recognises emergency situations and - if the collision becomes more imminent - the system makes hydraulic brake assist function more sensitive, thus the braking pressure is boosted to provide a shorter braking distance.

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