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What It Is and How It Works

AKA: Forward-Collision Avoidance, Forward-Collision Mitigation, Front Crash Alert

WHAT IS IT?

Like Collision Mitigated Braking System, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) is designed to reduce the frequency and aftereffects of rear-end collisions. However, instead of autonomously reducing the velocity of your vehicle before it collides with another, FCW simply warns the driver to hit the brake.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

FCW uses radar, laser, cameras or a combination of all three to scan the road ahead. When the system determines that your vehicle is closing on an object at an unsafe speed – be it another vehicle, a cyclist, or a pedestrian – it alerts the driver to stop with an audible, haptic and/or visual cue, and readies the braking system for full braking to help lessen the force of the collision.

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