CAR SAFETY FEATURES SUPPORTING YOU WHILE YOU DRIVE
Have you ever heard of AEB, FCWS, or LKA? A pool of acronyms, we know, but trust us - they're working hard behind the scenes, and we're here to shine a well-deserved spotlight!
Safety features in new cars can often sound like jargon - with so many technical terms and functional formalities that come with car tech, sometimes all we need is the reassurance that modern vehicles are designed to keep us safe on the road.
We're here to demystify the tech that keeps you safe and supported while you drive, so read on to see how car safety features act as a second set of eyes on the road.
Head-Up Display, Forward Collision Warning System & Autonomous Emergency Braking
AKA – HUD, FCWS & AEB
Driving to work, taking the kids to school, running errands - our daily routines can sometimes feel like a broken record - but often these everyday scenarios can pose some additional risks on the road. Getting caught up in peak hour traffic or driving through school zones can mean more pedestrians, more congested roads, and a higher chance of a potential collision. This is where safety features like Head-Up Display (HUD), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) come in!
Head-Up Display makes sure you don't need to look away from the road ahead when driving, projecting key information like your speed and navigation directions right on your windscreen.
Collision tech gives you another set of eyes on the road and an extra foot on the brakes. Forward Collision Warning detects objects ahead and alerts you when you're a little too close for comfort, encouraging you to slow down to avoid a potential collision. Autonomous Emergency Braking technology takes it one step further by automatically applying the brakes if the system detects a collision is imminent, looking to reduce the likelihood or severity of impact.
Eyes all around
Blind Spot Detection & Safe Exit Alert
AKA – BSD & SEA
Although checking your blind spot feels like second nature when driving, a little extra support never hurt! Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Safe Exit Alert both work to actively monitor your blind spots so that you know what's going on around you.
As Blind Spot Detection monitors your surroundings while you drive, Safe Exit Alert works to monitor your blind spot once you’ve parked. By detecting and warning you of approaching vehicles from behind when opening your doors, this trusted tech gives you the extra reassurance of hopping out of your car safely.
360° View Camera & Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance
AKA – RCCA
Getting in and out of parking spots is no walk in the park - but with the support of a few trusty features, it gets a little close! Vehicles equipped with a 360° surround view camera helps you to confidently navigate tight spaces, projecting a virtual birds-eye view of your car for easier, more convenient manoeuvring. Additional trusty systems like Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance (RCCA) brings in extra support when reversing out of a parking spot or driveway, warning you of incoming traffic and applying the brakes when the system detects the possibility of a collision with an approaching vehicle.
Your road trip companions
Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning System & Lane Keeping Assist
AKA – LDWS & LKA
Far and wide roads are a given on road trips, with highways stretching hundreds of kilometres. And we get it - long drives aren't as easy as your drive to the local cafe, so an extra pair of eyes on the road can make a mammoth of a difference! Finding a car equipped with technologies like smart cruise control and trusty lane-keep features will be a road trip staple, working to ensure you're cruising where you need to be.
Smart Cruise control monitors your distance from the vehicle directly ahead, automatically slowing or accelerating your car when need be. Lane keep tech like Lane Departure Warning (LDWS) & Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) monitors your position in your lane in order to alert you, or provide haptic steering feedback to assist with keeping you centred in your lane.
Stay alert, always
Driver Attention Alert / Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
AKA – DAA
Airbags, seatbelts, safety tech - these features work to keep you safe while you drive. But before all else, road safety starts from the driver's seat. Safe driving practices are crucial to your safety, and factors like fatigue and inattentiveness can greatly impact the way you drive. Systems that monitor your driving - like Driver Attention Alert (DAA) - monitor a range of driving factors to alert you when inattentive driving is detected and to consider taking a break. When on a time crunch or on a road trip, taking a break might be the last thing on your mind - but, we're human! And boy, do we need it!
Drive safely with Kia
When it comes to safety - our cars speak for themselves. Our safety innovations work together with your vigilance on the road to help keep you out of harm's way.
Safety technologies are supplemental systems and do not replace the need for the driver to exercise care and attention. For more information about Kia's safety systems, please see your local Kia dealer or refer to your Kia vehicle's owner's manual.
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