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Definition: automotive safety systems


Vehicular systems that help prevent an accident. Automotive safety systems provide alerts, perform a function automatically or require the driver to activate the function. See automotive systems.

Passive Systems
Passive systems require no action on the part of the driver other than buckling seat belts. Head rests, airbags, anti-lock braking (see ABS) and tire pressure monitoring (see TPM) are passive safety measures that date back to the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S.

Automatic braking, blind spot alerts, rear blind zone monitoring, driver alerts and adaptive headlights are modern passive systems. See collision avoidance system, blind spot monitoring, driver alert and adaptive headlights.

Active Systems
Active systems must be turned on by the driver. Cruise control that keeps a set distance, lane changing warnings, self-parking and self-driving are examples. See adaptive cruise control, lane departure system, self-parking car and self-driving car.




Safety Systems in a Lincoln
A TV commercial for the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus touts its safety systems by displaying the checklist that appears on the dashboard when starting the car. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company.)