What is active safety?
Active safety technology assists drivers to prevent accidents. These include the action and reaction of various vehicle systems such as tyres, braking, handling, acceleration and visibility. All of these functions make important contributions to active crash avoidance.
Crash avoidance systems include the design and management of key elements of the vehicle both internal and external, including headlights and taillights, reflectors, signals and mirrors.
Driver assistance systems play an important role in ‘active’ vehicle safety. Applied by the driver they include avoidance features such as; reversing cameras, front and rear sensing warning systems, adaptive cruise control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), four-channel, four-sensor Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) supported with a Brake Assist System (BAS), and Hillstart Assist Control (HAC).
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Stops the vehicle from sliding when it is in motion. With inbuilt intelligence activating 40 times faster than human reaction, ESP can detect and correct errors in the vehicles stability before they are noticed by the driver.
Anti-skid Braking System (ABS)
Prevents wheel lock and loss of steering control so the driver can retain control of the vehicle while shortening the braking distance and enhancing braking safety in low grip conditions.
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Differs the force placed on each of the brakes, depending on variables such as speed, road conditions and weight distribution in the vehicle. This change in braking pressure helps boost the vehicle's stopping power and shorten braking distance.
Traction Control System (TCS)
Enables a safe, smooth acceleration from a stopped position and prevents wheel spin when the car is in motion. The system also improves driving performance by controlling wheel rotation and adjusting engine power according to the conditions.