Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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.

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