Earlier this year Fiat Chrysler announced it was committing to using sensor fusion technology with all of its Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems going forward. Sensor fusion technology uses both sensors and cameras to detect the vehicle’s surroundings, resulting in a more precise operation than less advanced camera-based systems.
FCA’s sensor fusion AEB system, available in a variety of its cars including the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, will initially use audio and visual cues to warn the driver of an approaching object or person. If no input is made, the vehicle will bring itself to a stop to prevent a collision.
The automaker recently released a video demonstrating how the system works in the 2017 Grand Cherokee. The 2017 model year Grand Cherokee received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It has yet to be rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.