What is Kia AEB (autonomous emergency braking) and how it works?
Safety has always been considered an important part of the automotive industry, especially since a host of safety features can prove to be a major selling point.
Automakers are constantly doing all they can to make improvements to those safety features, but every now and again they will deliver new technology that is a game changer.
One that is sure to have a major positive impact in the field of driver assist technology is the Kia AEB or Kia Autonomous Emergency Braking system, so let’s take a closer look at what it’s all about.
How Kia AEB system works
The Kia autonomous emergency braking is a system that actively helps to avert a collision. While it may sound complex, the technology is actually quite simple.
It works with sensors and a camera (placed upfront of the vehicle) that monitor the distance to the vehicles in front, as well as relative speed.
If the system detects a collision risk, it warns the driver with a sound in the cabin. If there’s no response, the system applies the brakes automatically to avoid the accident.
This clever Kia safety technology is designed to work in various environments. From higher speed areas to urban areas.
The reason why this new technology is so important is because of its ability to protect the driver, as well as those in the other vehicles on the road.
It goes behind that, too, as the pedestrian detection part of the system also helps protect people crossing the street.
If you drive in a regular basis, you have almost certainly seen a pedestrian stepp out from between parked cars or try to cross the street against the light.
It can be hard to react quickly enough to avoid a collision with these pedestrians, but the system makes it possible for that collision to be averted.
Which 2020 Kia models feature the AEB?
The new system is not yet available on the entire Kia line-up, although that is likely to change in coming years.
Current Kia vehicles with autonomous emergency braking system:
- 2020 Kia K900
- 2020 Kia Optima
- 2020 Kia Sportage
- 2020 Kia Forte
- 2020 Kia Soul / Soul EV
- 2020 Kia Sorento
- 2020 Kia Telluride
- 2021 Kia Seltos
- 2020 Kia Sedona
The upcoming Niro hybrid, the Sorento, and facelifted Soul will be next to adopt the automated emergency braking, with others to follow.
It is only a matter of time before this system becomes standard on all Kia models.
The Koreans have emerged as a major player in the automotive market over the past decade or so, and much of that has to do with their commitment to safety and driver assist technologies.
You can bet that Kia will continue to be on the cutting edge of these types of safety systems moving forward, as they help new customers take notice of the brand.