Ability to reduce speed
If the speed difference between the driver's car and the obstacle is greater than the following specified speeds, the City Safety auto-brake function cannot prevent a collision but it can mitigate the consequences of a collision.
For a vehicle in front, City Safety can reduce the speed by up to 60 km/h (37 mph).
For a cyclist, City Safety can reduce the speed by up to 50 km/h (30 mph).
For a pedestrian, City Safety can reduce speed by up to 45 km/h (28 mph).
In the event of a risk of a collision with a large animal, City Safety can reduce the car's speed by up to 15 km/h (9 mph).
The brake function for large animals is primarily intended to reduce the force of the impact at higher speeds and is most effective at speeds above 70 km/h (43 mph) but less effective at lower speed.
The steps of City Safety
City Safety carries out three steps in the following order:
- Collision warning
- Brake support
- Auto Brake
1 - Collision warning
The driver is first warned of a potentially imminent collision.
In cars equipped with a head up display*, the warning is shown on the windscreen by a flashing symbol.
Symbol for collision warning on the windscreen
Strong sunlight, reflections, extreme light contrasts, the use of sunglasses, or if the driver is not looking straight ahead may make the visual warning signal in the windscreen difficult to recognise.
City Safety can detect pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles that are stationary or moving in the same direction as the car and are ahead. City Safety can also detect pedestrians, cyclists or large animals that are crossing the road in front of the car.
In the event of a risk of collision with a pedestrian, larger animal, cyclist or vehicle, the driver is alerted by means of a visual, acoustic and brake pulse warning. There is no brake pulse warning at lower speeds, sudden driver braking or acceleration. The brake pulse frequency varies according to the car's speed.
2 - Brake support
If the risk of collision has increased further after the collision warning then the brake support is activated.
Brake support reinforces the driver’s braking action if the system considers that the braking is not sufficient to avoid a collision.
3 - Auto Brake
The automatic brake function is activated last.
If in this situation the driver has not yet started to take evasive action and the risk of collision is imminent then the automatic braking function is deployed - this takes place irrespective of whether or not the driver brakes. Braking then takes place with full brake force in order to reduce collision speed, or with limited brake force if it is sufficient to avoid a collision.
The seatbelt tensioner can be activated in connection with the engagement of the automatic brake function.
In some situations, the action of Auto-brake may begin with light braking and then progress to full brake action.
When City Safety has prevented a collision with a stationary object, the car remains stationary in anticipation of positive action by the driver. If the car has been braked to avoid collision with a slower vehicle in front, its speed is reduced to match that of the vehicle in front.
On cars with manual gearbox, the engine stops when the Auto-brake function has stopped the car, unless the driver has managed to depress the clutch pedal beforehand.
The driver can always interrupt a braking intervention by firmly depressing the accelerator pedal.
When City Safety brakes, the brake lights come on.
When City Safety is activated and brakes the vehicle, the driver display shows a text message to the effect that the function is/has been active.
City Safety must not be used by the driver to change his/her driving style - the driver must not rely on City Safety alone and allow it to do the braking.