Front crash prevention goes by many names

January 28, 2016

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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