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New Car Technology: Forward Collision Warning – Video

The latest automotive technology is making us all a little safer on the road. You don’t even have to spend big money to get impressive features like forward collision warning. Today, we’re demonstrating how it works.

As you might expect, a forward-collision alert or warning system is exactly what it sounds like: technology that alerts you to an impending crash from the front. On most cars, the system uses a camera or radar system to monitor the road in front of you. You’ll get a warning if the sensors detect that you’re getting too close to an object or vehicle in the road ahead.

In our Volvo S60 test car, the system alerts you to a possible forward collision in two ways — a flashing light on the dashboard and an audible beeping nose — but every automaker’s system is different. In some cases, forward collision warning systems will even help you avoid a crash by applying the brakes to help you stop. That’s true in our Volvo S60 test car, which offers both a warning and, when necessary, automatic braking.

We’re impressed with many of the latest automotive safety measures. If you’re interested in a new car with a focus on safety, you’ll want to check them out.


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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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