The American Automobile Association (AAA) has conducted tests and concluded that automatic braking in front of pedestrians is not as effective as the automakers claim. The organization has tested several systems of different brands and published the results.
- The study involved Chevrolet Malibu, HondAccord, TeslModel 3 and ToyotCamry. The tests included tests in which dummies of adults and children appeared in front of the car, imitating the behavior of pedestrians. In particular, a person crossing the road (both in a straight line and immediately after a bend), who ran out onto the road between two parked cars of a child and people standing on the side of the road.
- Tests showed that, on average, an adult crossing the road was detected at 32 km / h and braked 40 percent of the time. With an increase in speed to 48 km / h, a collision with a pedestrian is practically inevitable.
In the case of pedestrians standing on the side of the road, the system did not respond to them in 80 percent of cases, and with a child running out between cars, this figure rose to 89 percent. None of the systems responded to pedestrians who appeared after the turn, and in the dark.
Despite disappointing results, AAA supports the introduction of automatic braking in front of pedestrians in cars. The organization also expressed the hope that the companies will improve the performance of these systems.