Only two of six work

Munich, 17 August 2016

About 30 percent of all traffic deaths in Germany are pedestrians or bicyclists. This is also the automobile manufacturers too much and they want to significantly reduce that number by systems on board their vessels. The Automobile Club ADAC has now tested the emergency brake assist system with pedestrian - and cyclist-detection in mid-range models from six different manufacturers. The result is surprising negative: only two of the systems were able to convince the tester.

Audi and Subaru as a class

The test A4, BMW competed for Optima, Mercedes c-class, Subaru Outback and Volvo V60 Audi 3, Kia. Pedestrian incidents on the day, which happen to downtown typical speeds, the systems of Audi and Subaru can prevent an accident. At night, the Subaru Wizard convinced the tester. Even in total darkness, the outback managed to avoid a collision on a dummy to 45 km/h. The system in the Audi A4 can also clash with slow moving cyclists deal.

Kia and Mercedes sound

The KIA Wizard works during daylight hours solid and avoids accidents with pedestrians up to a speed of 45 km/h at night the system is limited available. Mercedes dangerous situations can be prevented with an adult up to 40 km/h and with a hidden child up to 25 km/h. Cyclists are detected, however, the Mercedes introduces no emergency braking.

BMW and Volvo with deficits

The BMW system switches off at night and introduces generally no emergency braking, but slows the warning lightly. Also, the wizard can be easily switched off without disabling the restart of the car shall be repealed. The Volvo V60 caused the biggest negative surprise in the test. The system difficulty, to recognize a dummy with moving legs and initiates any emergency braking. A static dummy is better recognized. And although Volvo advertises with cyclists detection, the V60 in the test did not respond to the crossing cyclists dummy.

Catching up on the manufacturers

Generally, the ADAC points out that suggests the number of sensors on the vehicles not on the quality of the systems. All cars have problems with detection and avoid the risk of accidents with faster cyclists. With views of the future of autonomous driving, all manufacturers would have to significantly rework according to the Automobile Club. (mf)