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Active safety

The best protection from crashes is to prevent them. With this in mind, the Group sets ambitious targets to develop advanced safety systems that help the driver take preventive action and react before a crash happens.

Technologies at the forefront of automotive innovation deliver driving support by monitoring vehicle surroundings and driver behavior.

Automatic warning systems like Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection and Lane Departure Warning detect potentially dangerous situations before they escalate. Traction and chassis control systems, which include Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Control and Electronic Stability Control, as well as effective brake assistance systems, which include Advanced Brake Assist, Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support, provide assistance for vehicle handling.

The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), available under the name City Brake Control, is an innovative system designed to avoid low-speed rear collisions with vehicles that are stationary or traveling in the same direction. City Brake Control works at speeds of up to 30 km/h (19 mph), which means it is activated in rear collisions that generally take place during urban driving. Another important technology that delivers driving support capability on the new Jeep Cherokee is the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, which helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain conditions, can bring the vehicle to a full stop without driver intervention. In addition, the Cherokee is the first Chrysler Group vehicle available with Park Sense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors to guide the driver securely into parking spaces.

Given that real-life performance data suggests that crash avoidance systems can reduce accidents by up to 27%, the Group’s engineers are evaluating and testing new active safety solutions such as the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Inter-Urban system for speeds up to 72 km/h (45 mph) and the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Pedestrian system to detect pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. In addition, new, built-in systems such as Intelligent Speed Control automatically detects signal and map recognition systems to help drivers stay within the speed limit.