FABIA BRAKING FLIES TO RESCUE
IT'S a bit of a jawbreaker name, but Skoda's fivestar rated Fabia compact car will arrive in Australia in the next few weeks with 'Front Assistant with City Emergency Braking' function as standard equipment.
The system uses a radar sensor to continually measure the distance to the traffic ahead. Whenever the distance is too small, the Assistant intervenes – from warnings to automatic emergency stopping.
The sensor, built into the car's front end, permanently monitors distance to traffic ahead. As soon as this distance becomes insufficient, it intervenes at one of four levels to prevent a collision. The shorter the distance becomes, the stronger the intervention.
Level one is an optical warning. Level two consists of an optical and an acoustic warning of an approaching obstacle, and a conditioning of the brakes. At the third level, a braking impulse provides added warning as automated partial braking sets in.
And if the driver is still in la-la land, rabbiting away on his or her mobile phone, level four goes into maximum response and triggers emergency braking.
It's primarily a city function and works at speeds from 5 to 30km/h.
This system has been credited with reducing the risk of a rear-end crash.
The new Fabia will go on-sale in Australia in July. Price and more details closer at the launch.
The new Fabia's emergency stop system will be standard on all models.