The advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) is one of the greatest advancements in the automotive industry. A huge improvement over the conventional braking systems, AEBS does more than just help the driver stop or slow down the vehicle. A combination of dynamic brake support (DBS) and crash imminent braking (CIB) systems, AEBS integrates with other driver assistance technologies and provides enhanced safety for the passengers in the vehicle.
How does the AEBS work?
A key feature in most automobiles, the AEBS uses sensors to detect any possible front‐end collisions. Upon detection of any potentially critical situations during driving, the advanced braking system would apply the brakes automatically to avoid impact or minimize the force of impact. AEBS protects both vehicle occupants and pedestrians from possible injury and even fatality in some cases.
With electric vehicles gaining popularity in mature as well as emerging economies, the adoption of AEBS by OEMs has also increased substantially. Market analysts at Technavio predict that the global market for AEBS will grow at a CAGR of close to 11% by 2020.
Apart from being useful from a safety perspective, the fact that AEBS can reduce insurance claims by as much as 40% has also boosted its adoption. Recently, insurance provider Aviva Canada announced a 15% auto insurance discount for drivers of vehicles that have AEBS. According to the executive vice president of broker distribution for Aviva Canada, the use of AEBS means there are fewer collisions and injuries, which in turn means that the customer has to pay less for their insurance coverage.
AEBS in Tesla’s Model X
American automaker Tesla has adopted the AEBS in its Model X on a pilot basis. Still in test mode, the vehicle sounds an alarm and applies the brakes to avoid a dangerous highway exit. This is good news for the automaker, which has consistently garnered negative reviews for its vehicles being involved in a series of crashes.
Other innovations in the automotive industry
Advanced suspension control systems, reconfigurable instrument clusters, and automotive onboard power inverters are some of the other major innovations in the automotive industry. The advanced suspension system, though initially used in Formula 1 cars, is being used today by luxury car makers in Germany and the rest of Europe. This system provides complete body control for the driver and optimizes the energy consumption of the vehicle.
The Reconfigurable instrument cluster, on the other hand, improves the overall safety of the vehicle due to its ability to reduce distractions while driving. The cluster is hybrid in nature, which is why it is now used in both high and low-end cars. Though at present OEMs mainly use the semi-reconfigurable instrument cluster, the fully automatic devices are gradually being adopted by automakers. Bosch, Continental, and Denso are some of the vendors that manufacture reconfigurable instrument clusters.
With increasing demand for power electronic devices onboard, players like Delta Electronics, Lear, and Bestek have created automotive onboard power inverters. At present, North America is the chief consumer of this product due to its high availability and popularity among vehicle owners. In the LCVs segment, onboard power inverters are most popular in the pickup truck segment, while in the case of passenger cars, it is SUVs that have witnessed the highest penetration of this device.
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