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Forward collision warning systems available by manufacturer

Many automakers offer models with systems to help mitigate frontal crashes at highway speeds. Forward collision warning alerts a driver when the vehicle is getting too close to one in front. Some systems (indicated in bold below) automatically brake if a driver doesn't stop or steer out of the way. Below is a list of forward collision warning systems by vehicle make for 2011 models. Some systems meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for recognition as an advanced safety technology feature (see safercar.gov).

AcuraCollision mitigation brake system
AudiBraking guard, Braking guard w/Pre Sense
BMWCollision warning system
CadillacForward collision alert
ChryslerForward collision warning
DodgeForward collision warning
FordCollision warning with brake support
HyundaiPre-collision warning
InfinitiForward collision warning
JaguarForward alert
JeepForward collision warning
Land RoverForward alert
LexusPre-collision system, advanced pre-collision
LincolnCollision warning with brake support
MercedesDistronic, Distronic Plus
PorscheForward collision warning
Rolls RoyceForward collision warning
ToyotaPre-collision system
VolvoCollision warning with auto brake
Volvo's City Safety cuts insurance costs

A new HLDI study indicates that Volvo SUVs with a low-speed forward collision avoidance system get into fewer crashes than comparable vehicles without the feature.

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