Give us a brake

On the BBC2 programme 'How Safe Are Britain's Roads' they did a piece on an Automated Braking System that stopped/slowed the car when another vehicle or pedestrian was in front of it. I have tried to find out on the BBC website, the BBC2 programme and e-mail, but cannot find out anything about it. Can you help? I would dearly like to know more about this system, and if it can be fitted to cars that do not have it as standard.

Asked on 29 December 2012 by ST, via email

Answered by Honest John
It’s called ‘Active Safety Stop’ and uses a system of cameras and electronics. See this (non Ford approved) video where I put my life on the line to demonstrate its effectiveness: It is fitted as an option to some Fords (including the 2013 Fiesta), some Volvos, some Hondas and some GM Vauxhall/Opels. Too complex to be retrofitted.
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