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Front crash prevention goes by many names

IIHS adopted the umbrella term "front crash prevention" to refer to any system that uses sensors to detect other vehicles or obstacles in order to prevent or mitigate a frontal crash. The term includes systems that issue warnings, systems that automatically brake, and systems that do both.

Although useful as a descriptive phrase, "front crash prevention" may not be familiar to auto dealers. The terms "forward collision warning" and "automatic emergency braking" are somewhat more widely used. Mostly, vehicle manufacturers and dealers use their own names for these features. For example, Buick offers Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation. Audi's front crash prevention is called Audi pre sense front, while Mercedes-Benz has Distronic Plus, among other names.

Adding to the confusion, manufacturers aren't always consistent. For example, they may use one name for a feature in marketing materials and another name on the window sticker. In many cases, optional front crash prevention comes as part of a package of features that has its own name as well.

To assist consumers, IIHS lists the manufacturer's name — or one of the names — for the system, as well as the package name, for each vehicle rated for front crash prevention. This information can be found in the front crash prevention tab on the ratings page for each vehicle.

Below is a list of names of front crash prevention systems rated by the Institute that are available on 2016 models. Systems that include autobrake are in bold.

Acura Collision Mitigation Braking System
  Forward Collision Warning
Audi Audi pre sense front
BMW Collision Warning with Braking Function
  Collision Warning with City Braking Function
Buick Automatic Collision Preparation
  Forward Collision Alert
Cadillac Automatic Collision Preparation
  Forward Collision Alert
Chevrolet Collision Mitigation Braking
  Forward Collision Alert
Chrysler Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus
  Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation
Dodge Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation
  Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation
Fiat Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System
Hyundai Automatic Emergency Braking
  Autonomous Emergency Braking
  Forward Collision Warning
Infiniti Forward Collision Warning
  Forward Emergency Braking
  Intelligent Brake Assist
Jeep Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation
  Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
Lexus Advanced Pre-Collision System
  Pedestrian Pre-Collision System
  Pre-Collision System
Lincoln Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Protection
Mazda Forward Obstruction Warning
  Smart Brake Support
  Smart City Brake Support
Mercedes-Benz Collision Prevention Assist Plus
  Distronic Plus
  Pre-Safe Brake
  Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus
Mini Collision Warning with City Braking Function
Mitsubishi Forward Collision Mitigation System
Nissan Forward Collision Warning
  Forward Emergency Braking
Subaru EyeSight
Toyota Pedestrian Pre-Collision System
  Pre-Collision System
Volkswagen Autonomous Emergency Braking
  Forward Collision Warning
  Front Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking
Volvo City Safety
  Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection
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