U.S. OEMs expanding use of front pedestrian braking on new models

Increasing number of models offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

2016/09/09

Summary

Lincoln
Continental
Lincoln Continental (2016 North American International Auto Show)

  The following report provides an overview of the use of major features in new and redesigned passenger cars and light trucks (including two facelifted models) that already have been or will be released (fall 2014 and later) by GM, Ford, and FCA for sale in the U.S.

  Among features for improving driving performance, utilization of continuously variable damping (including magnetic ride control), which continually regulates damping force in response to driving conditions, has promulgated mostly in luxury vehicles. As for features that improve fuel consumption, utilization of active grille shutters that reduce aerodynamic drag and raise fuel efficiency by automatically opening and closing the shutter in the front grille is increasing.

  In the area of collision safety features, GM models including even small cars are increasingly having rear seat side airbags equipped. At the same time, Ford models have been adopting inflatable safety belts for the rear seats that activate at the time of an impact to mitigate the shock from it.

  Among driver assistance features, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has mandated the installation of rear view cameras within two years, and all of the new models mentioned in this report equip them (for new vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or less, this regulation applied to 10% as of May 2016, and this number will rise to 40% by May 2017, and 100% by May 2018.) Moreover, a variety of technologies and features related to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are being utilized, with the use of Surround View that shows video of a bird's eye view of the periphery of vehicles increasing. Following on automatic breaks for that respond to other vehicles, systems that detect pedestrians in front of a vehicle and automatically apply the brakes are becoming more prevalent. As for automatic emergency brakes, DoT and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reached agreement with 20 major automakers to make them standard equipment for new vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8,000 pounds or less by 2020.

  As for driver visibility improvement systems, auto-dimming exterior driver-side mirrors that prevent glare and rain sensing windshield wipers, which start operating in response to rain drops, are increasingly being utilized.

  In the area of accessibility features, programmable key fobs and teen driver settings are finding increasing use. These encourage safe driving by under-20 year olds through key fob setting functions including maximum speed restrictions. Moreover, an increasing number of vehicles support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which link smartphones with onboard systems.

Advanced equipment made available by GM, Ford, and FCA on new U.S. models released in and after fall 2014

Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
Continuously variable damping Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, GMC Acadia, Lincoln Continental, Lincoln MKX
Active grille shutters Buick LaCrosse, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Colorado, Lincoln Continental, Chrysler Pacifica
Collision safety Rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags Buick Envision, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Colorado
Inflatable rear outboard safety belts Ford Super Duty, Lincoln Continental, Lincoln MKX
Driving assistance Rear view camera All models covered in this report
Surround view Buick Envision, Cadillac XT5, Cadillac CT6, Ford Super Duty, Lincoln Continental, Lincoln MKX, Chrysler Pacifica
Front Pedestrian Braking Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XT5, Cadillac CT6, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Malibu, Lincoln Continental, Lincoln MKX
Visibility Auto-dimming exterior driver-side mirror Cadillac XT5, Chevrolet Camaro, Lincoln Continental, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Charger
Rain sensing windshield wipers Buick Envision, Cadillac XT5, Cadillac CT6, GMC Acadia, Lincoln Continental, Lincoln MKX, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Charger
Accessibility Programmable key fob/Teen driver setting Buick Envision, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Super Duty, Ford Escape, Lincoln Continental, Lincoln MKX, Chrysler Pacifica
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility Buick Envision. GMC Acadia, Ford Escape, All Chevrolet brand models covered in this report

 

New model features reports:
Increased prevalence of advanced safety packages on new Japanese models(Jul. 2015)
Innovative features in Japanese minicars(Jul. 2015)
Major features of new Hyundai-Kia lineup highlighted by increased use of ADAS(Jun. 2015)
German OEMs expand use of connected technologies on new models(Nov. 2014)
Features on new European models: PSA, Renault, FCA, GM, Ford and Volvo(Jan. 2015)
New U.S. models increase adoption of features like rear view cameras(Aug. 2014)



GM: Rear Camera Mirrors on Cadillac brand models

Buick
Envision
Buick Envision (2016 North American International Auto Show)

  GM adopted a rear camera mirror for the Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan and XT5 midsize SUV that displays video from a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle in the rearview mirror. The CT6 also comes with the Active Chassis System, which uses Active Rear Steer and Magnetic Ride Control according to the driving conditions, as well as a surround-vision video recording system that uses four cameras to record video of a vehicle's surroundings.

  The Buick LaCrosse midsize sedan and Envision compact SUV are the first Buick brand models to adopt Automatic Park Assist. The Envision is also Buick's first vehicle with Surround Vision. All four Cadillac and Buick brand models adopted a number of active safety features including forward collision alert and automatic braking, a lane keep assist system, and rear cross-traffic alert. Moreover, three models excluding the Envision are equipped with Front Pedestrian Detection, which monitors the road ahead of the vehicle for pedestrians and activates the brakes automatically if a collision is imminent.

GM: main features on new Buick/Cadillac brand models launched or to be launched in the U.S. from January to fall 2016

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, and "O" Optional
Model Buick Envision Buick LaCrosse Cadillac XT5 Cadillac CT6
Compact SUV Midsize sedan Midsize SUV Flagship sedan
Launch month and year Fall 2016 Jul. 2016 Apr. 2016 Jan. 2016
Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
Magnetic Ride Control AO
Continuously Variable Real-Time Damping with Sport Mode (FWD only) O
Active front lower grille shutters S
Active Chassis System (1 in the Table below) AO
Automatic Stop/Start S S S
Collision safety Front-seat thorax and pelvic air bags S S S S
Rear thorax air bags for outboard seating positions S S
Side-curtain air bags S S S S
Knee air bag for driver S S S S
Knee air bag for front passenger S S S
Driving/
parking assistance
Forward Collision Alert A A A AO
Automatic Collision Braking/Collision Mitigation Braking O AO
Front Automatic Braking O O O AO
Rear Automatic Braking O AO
Low Speed Automatic Braking A AO
Automatic Safety Belt Tightening O AO
Lane Keep Assist A A A AO
Lane Departure Warning A A AO
Lane Change Alert A A
Side Blind Zone Alert A A A AO
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert A A A AO
Adaptive Cruise Control O O AO
Following Distance Indicator A A AO
Safety Alert Seat A A A AO
Front Pedestrian Detection (2 in the Table below) O A AO
Driver mode control AO
Surround Vision (3 in the Table below) O A A
Surround-Vision Video Recording System (4 in the Table below) A
Rear Vision Camera S S S S
Rear Camera Mirror (5 in the Table below) A A
Enhanced Night Vision AO
Automatic Park Assist (6 in the Table below) A O O A
Front Park Assist A A A
Rear Park Assist S S A A
Visibility LED headlamps A
Automatic headlamps S
IntelliBeam headlamps A A AO
Auto-dimming outside mirrors A
Auto-dimming rearview mirror A A
Rainsense front wipers A A AO
Comfort/ accessibility Quad-zone automatic climate control AO
Tri-zone automatic climate control A AO
Dual-zone automatic climate control A A A
Heated/Ventilated front seats A A A AO
Heated rear seats AO A
Heated steering wheel A A A A
Active Noise Cancellation S A
Remote start S S
Head-Up Display A
Hands-free power liftgate S A A
Rear seat infotainment AO
Teen Driver Setting S S
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility S
4G Wi-Fi Hotspot O S S S
Bose Panary sound system with 34-speakers AO
Buick IntelliLink/Cadillac CUE
(infotainment system)
S S S S
OnStar (GM's telematics system) S S S S
Source: GM press releases on new models, Buick/Cadillac brand on-line catalogs of mid-August 2016

GM (Buick/Cadillac): major advanced features

(1)
Active Chassis System
The Active Chassis System in the CT6 optimizes torque and steering for each wheel through the use of the Active-on-demand AWD, Active Rear Steer, and Magnetic Ride Control. The Driver Mode Control allows drivers to tailor the CT6's chassis system for any weather or road condition through a selection of Tour, Snow/Ice, and Sport modes.
Active Rear Steer contributes to improve cornering performance. The turning circle is comparable with the smaller CTS and enhances the handling quality of the CT6.
(2)
Front Pedestrian Detection
This system uses a camera to monitor the road ahead of the vehicle for pedestrians. If one is detected, it alerts the driver. If a collision is imminent, it automatically activates the brakes to avoid a collision or mitigate damage.
(3)
Surround Vision
This feature uses four exterior cameras to provide a 360-degree view of the periphery of vehicles. It helps reduce blind spots and helps drivers avoid obstacles when maneuvering the vehicle in a narrow space. This is the first time for Buick models to include such a feature.
(4)
Surround-Vision Video Recording System
This system uses the four Surround Vision cameras to record video of the vehicle's surroundings. It is used to record events such as a memorable drive, a traffic accident, or an incident where a vehicle is tampered with. The four cameras are strategically placed, with one in each door-mounted exterior mirror, one integrated into the front grille, and one mounted on the rear trunk lid. This feature is a first for the automotive industry.
The recording system offers two modes: 1) while the vehicle is in operation, the front and rear cameras capture video and 2) when the vehicle security system is activated, all four cameras continuously record in sequence if something abnormal occurs. Captured footage is stored on an SD card in the trunk. The footage can be replayed or imported to a computer.
(5)
Rear Camera Mirror
This was adopted for the first time in the CT6. The system displays video from a camera mounted on the back of the vehicle on the rearview mirror to enhance rearward visibility. The rear camera takes in a view three times as wide as what can be seen with an ordinary mirror, which results in a significant reduction in blind spots. If necessary, drivers can push a button to switch to a traditional auto-dimming rearview mirror.
(6)
Automatic Park Assist
This feature uses ultrasonic sensors to detect spaces for parallel or perpendicular parking and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control the gear shift, brakes, and accelerator in accordance with the system's instructions. This is the first time for Buick models to include such a feature.

GMC
Acadia
GMC Acadia (Denali version)
(2016 North American International Auto Show)

  GM equipped the GMC Acadia midsize SUV with a front center airbag that deploys between the driver and front passenger in a side-impact crash. The Acadia also adopted the automotive industry's first Rear Seat Reminder system, which alerts the driver not to leave a child or pet in the rear seat when exiting the vehicle.

  The Chevrolet brand Spark subcompact car, Cruze compact sedan, and Malibu midsize sedan are equipped with ten airbags as standard features, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags. The Cruze and Malibu come with a number of active safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, lane keep assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. The Malibu adopts automatic braking to avoid collisions with vehicles and pedestrians, and Semi-Automatic Parking Assist. The Camaro coupe/convertible employs Limited-Slip Rear Differential, which sends more torque to a different drive wheel when one begins to spin, and Driver Mode Selector for choosing a driving mode depending on road conditions and preferences. The Colorado midsize pickup features Active Grille Shutters that automatically open and close a shutter in the front grille to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve fuel efficiency.

GM: main features on new GMC/Chevrolet brand models launched in the U.S. from fall 2014 to spring 2016

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, and "O" Optional
Model GMC Acadia Chevrolet Cruze Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet Malibu Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet Colorado
Midsize SUV Compact sedan Sub-compact car Midsize sedan Coupe/ convertible Midsize pickup
Launch month and year Spring 2016 Apr. 2016 End of 2015 Dec. 2015 Oct. 2015 Fall 2014
Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
Chassis continuously variable real time damping O
Active Grille Shutters A A
Limited-Slip Rear Differential A
Stop/start System A A
Collision safety Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags S S S S S S
Rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags S S S S
Head curtain airbags for all rows S S S S S S
Driver knee airbag S S S S S
Front passenger knee airbag S S S S
Front center air bag S
Driving/
parking assistance
Forward Collision Alert A O O AO O
Front Automatic Braking O
Low Speed Front Automatic Braking AO
Front Pedestrian Braking AO AO
Following Distance Indicator A O AO
Lane Keep Assist A O AO
Lane Departure Warning O O O
Lane Change Alert AO O AO O
Side Blind Zone Alert AO O AO AO
Rear Cross Traffic Alert A O AO AO
Adaptive Cruise Control O
Driver Mode Selector S
Rear Vision Camera S S S A S S
Semi-Automatic Parking Assist O
Front Park Assist A AO
Rear Park Assist AO O O AO AO
Visibility Automatic headlamps AO S S S
IntelliBeam headlamps A O AO
Outside mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming features O
Auto-dimming rearview mirror A O A
Front wipers, humidity sensor S
Comfort/ accessibility Tri-zone automatic climate control S
Dual-zone automatic climate control A A
Heated front seats A AO A O A
Ventilated front seats A A
Heated rear outboard seats A A
Heated steering wheel O A O
Remote vehicle starter system A A AO
 Head-Up Display AO
Rear Seat Reminder (1 in the Table below) S
Teen Driver (2 in the Table below) O
Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility S S S A A O
4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot S S S A S A
GMC IntelliLink/Chevrolet MyLink (Infotainment system) S S S A S O
OnStar (GM's telematics system) S S S S S A
Source: GM press releases on new models, Chevrolet/GMC brand on-line catalogs of mid-August 2016
(Note) The Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon are sibling models. The table above shows features available on the Chevrolet Colorado.

GM (GMC/Chevrolet): major advanced features

(1)
Rear Seat Reminder
This system alerts the driver not to leave a child or pet in the rear seat when exiting a vehicle. If either rear door is opened and closed within ten minutes before the engine is started or while the engine is running, the feature recognizes that something is in the rear seat. The next time the engine is turned off the system produces audible chimes and displays a reminder message to check the rear seat in the instrument panel display. The system is designed to prevent accidents where young children left unattended in the rear seats die of heatstroke. This feature is a first for the automotive industry.
(2)
Teen Driver
When teenagers use the vehicle, parents can register their key fob using the MyLink system to encourage safe driving habits. By setting the key fob, the system mutes the audio of the radio when front seat occupants aren't wearing their safety belts, and gives visual and audible warnings when the vehicle is travelling faster than preset speeds. This is a first for the automotive industry, and allows parents to review how their children drove the vehicle on a display. Information including the maximum speed reached, distance driven, number of times active safety features were engaged, and number of times warnings were given for exceeding the set speed limit can be confirmed.


Ford: first adoption of new SYNC Connect telematics system on Escape

Sample image of Ford SYNC and Apple CarPlay
Sample image of Ford SYNC and Apple CarPlay (Source: Ford)

  Ford has equipped numerous driving assistance features on the Lincoln Continental full-size luxury sedan and MKX midsize SUV. The two models are the first Lincoln vehicles to adopt Pre-collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which automatically applies the brakes if a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian is imminent. The Continental also comes with the E-Latch door handle, which is integrated into the belt line and electronically opens and closes the door at the press of a button.

  The Ford Super Duty full-size pickup adopts a variety of first ever features for its segment of pickups with a GVWR of 8,500 pounds or more. Those features include a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with trailer tow technology that is designed to include take the length of the trailer into account, and Trailer Reverse Guidance, which uses three cameras to monitor the surroundings when reversing with a trailer. The facelifted Ford Escape compact SUV is the first Ford vehicle to feature SYNC Connect, Ford's new telematics system. With SYNC Connect, the driver can use the new FordPass platform to locate the vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, and check the fuel level via a smartphone.

Ford: main features on new Ford/Lincoln brand models launched or to be launched in the U.S. from summer 2015 through the end of 2016

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, and "O" Optional
Model Ford Super Duty Lincoln Continental Ford Escape Lincoln MKX
Pickup Full-size sedan Compact SUV Midsize SUV
Launch month and year End of 2016 Fall 2016 May 2016 Summer 2015
Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
Roll Stability Control S S S
Trailer Sway Control S
Torque Vectoring Control S S
Active Grille Shutters S
Continuously Controlled Damping S O
Curve Control S
Auto Start-Stop/Engine Idle Shutdown O AO
Collision safety Front-seat side airbags S S S S
Side-curtain airbags S S S S
Driver's knee airbag S S S
Front passenger integrated knee airbag A
Glove-box-door-integrated knee airbag for front passenger S
Inflatable rear outboard safety belts O O O
SOS Post-Crash Alert System O A S S
Driving/
parking assistance
Blind Spot Information System A AO AO
Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Tow (1 in the Table below) AO
Integrated blind spot mirrors S A
Cross-Traffic Alert AO A AO AO
Lane Keeping System
(Lane keeping alert + Lane keeping aid)
O O O
Lane Departure Warning System AO
Adaptive cruise control O O O O
Collision warning with brake support O O
Pre-collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection (2 in the Table below) O O
Lincoln Drive Control
(Comfort, Normal or Sport)
S O
Reverse sensing system/reverse parking assist A S AO S
Forward sensing system S O
Driver Alert System (3 in the Table below) O O
Panic brake assist S
360-Degree Camera (4 in the Table below) O O O
Trailer Reverse Guidance (5 in the Table below) O
Rear view camera O S S S
Active Park Assist (6 in the Table below) O O S
Visibility Automatic headlamps S S A
Adaptive headlamps S O
LED Headlamps AO O
Auto high-beam headlamps O O
Auto-dimming rearview mirror AO O A S
Auto-dimming driver side view mirror S
Rain-sensing windshield wipers O O
Comfort/ accessibility Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control A A A S
Tri-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control A
Rear-seat Electronic Temperature Control A
Heated driver seat S
Heated Front Seats AO S A
Heated second-row outboard seats AO O O
Cooled Front Seats AO A A
Cooled rear outboard seats O
Heated steering wheel A O O O
Remote Start System AO S A S
Hands-Free Power Liftgate A AO A
SecuriCode keyless entry keypad S S
E-Latch advanced electronic door handle (7 in the Table below) S
Revel Ultima Audio with 19-speakers O O
Active Noise Cancellation S S
Embedded modem A A
Dual Headrest DVD Entertainment System O
Rear center armrest with LCD screen O
8-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with Swipe Capability S
MyKey S S S S
SYNC 3 (infotainment system) (8 in the Table below) AO S AO S
SYNC Connect (9 in the Table below) AO
Source: Ford press releases on new models, Ford/Lincoln brand on-line catalogs of mid-August 2016
(Note) The facelifted Ford Escape was included in this report because it adopts many advanced features.

Ford: major advanced features

(1)
Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow technology
The BLIS system with trailer tow technology installed on the Ford Super Duty is optimized to account for the length of a trailer being towed by the vehicle. It uses radar sensors in the tail lamps to monitor blind spots. When a vehicle is detected in a blind spot, the system displays a warning signal in the exterior mirror. This technology has been adopted for the first time in the segment of full-size pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR.
(2)
Pre-collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
This is an automatic braking system to avoid collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians. It uses a camera on the windshield and a radar sensor on the bumper to monitor the road ahead of the vehicle and warns the driver if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected. If the driver does not respond in time, the system automatically applies the brakes to avoid a collision or mitigate damage. The automatic braking is active at speeds above 3 mph, while pedestrian detection is active up to 50 mph. The first Lincoln vehicle to add this feature was the MKX.
(3)
Driver Alert System
Using data from the Lane Keeping System, the Driver Alert System detects signs of driver fatigue and provides a warning on the instrument panel.
(4)
360-Degree Camera
The Super Duty is the first Ford vehicle to offer seven cameras. The 360-Degree Camera uses four digital, high-definition cameras to provide a bird's-eye view of the vicinity of a vehicle.
(5)
Trailer Reverse Guidance
The Trailer Reverse Guidance on the Ford Super Duty uses three cameras to monitor the surroundings of the truck when it is reversing with a trailer. Cameras on the side-view mirrors and the tailgate display the rear view on the center dash screen with visual guides to show the direction of the truck and trailer as well as the optimum steering angle. An optional camera that can be placed on the rear of the trailer is a first for this segment, and improves visibility when reversing.
(6)
Active Park Assist
The enhanced Active Park Assist function equipped on the Ford Escape has the following functions: (1) Parallel Parking finds an appropriate space and helps steer the vehicle into the space, (2) Park-Out Assist helps steer the vehicle out of a tight spot, (3) Reverse Perpendicular Parking finds a suitable space and helps the vehicle back in, and (4) Side Sensing emits a warning when the vehicle gets too close to an object on either side of the vehicle. The driver controls the gear shift, accelerator and brakes.
(7)
E-Latch advanced electronic door handle
The E-Latch door handle is seamlessly integrated into the belt line for a clean appearance. Doors are electronically opened and closed simply with the push of a button.
(8)
SYNC 3
The SYNC 3 is Ford's infotainment system. The Escape is the first Ford vehicle to offer the system, which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
(9)
SYNC Connect
SYNC Connect is Ford's new telematics system. This feature enables the use of the new FordPass platform to locate the vehicle, remotely start the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and check the fuel level and mileage via a smartphone. The system also allows the user to schedule a specific time to remotely start the vehicle. This is the first time it has been adopted on a Ford vehicle.
FordPass is available through a free download via the App Store or Google Play. This platform can be used by anyone, not necessarily a Ford vehicle owner, to borrow and share vehicles, find a parking place, and pay parking fees.


FCA: numerous features to add convenience and assist driving on Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica
Chrysler Pacifica (Source: FCA)

  FCA adopted a number of features to add convenience and assist with driving on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Those features include hands-free sliding doors and liftgate, (open the sliding doors or liftgate when it detects a kicking motion under the sliding door or rear bumper), Forward Collision Warning Plus (applies the brakes automatically when a collision with a vehicle ahead is imminent), and ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist with Stop (notifies the driver of the proximity of an obstacle and brings the vehicle to a full stop to avoid a collision). The Pacifica also comes with features for the family-friendly minivan such as the Stow'n Vac, a built-in vacuum cleaner, and Easy Tilt, which allows the passengers to access the third row easily by tilting the second-row seat.

  The Dodge Charger muscle car is equipped with Adaptive Damping Suspension, which changes the suspension tuning depending on the selected driving mode, and Rain Brake Support, which enhances the effect of the brakes when the windshield wipers are activated.

FCA: main features on new Chrysler/Dodge brand models launched in the U.S. from the end of 2014 to spring 2016

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, and "O" Optional
Model Chrysler Pacifica Dodge Charger
Minivan Full-size sport sedan
Launch month and year Spring 2016 End of 2014
Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
Trailer Sway Control O
Rotary E-Shift S
Active Grille Shutters S
Collision safety Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags S S
Side-Curtain Airbags for all rows outboard passengers S S
Driver and Front Passenger Knee Airbags S
Driving/
parking assistance
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go O
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop O
Blind Spot Monitoring System AO AO
Rear Cross-Path Detection AO AO
Forward Collision Warning Plus/Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking (1 in the Table below) O O
Lane Departure Warning O O
Lane Keep Assist O O
3-Mode Adaptive Damping Suspension (Auto, Sport, Track) A
Advanced Brake Assist O
Rain Brake Support (2 in the Table below) S
ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera S AO
Surround View Camera O
ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop AO
ParkSense Rear Park Assist AO
ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist with Stop (3 in the Table below) O
Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist O
Visibility Auto High-Beam Headlamp Control O O
Automatic Headlamps A S
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror A A
Auto-Dimming Exterior Driver-Side Mirror A AO
Rain-Sensing Wipers O O
Comfort/ accessibility Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control A
Dual-Zone Temperature Control S
Heated Front Seats A AO
Heated Second-row Seats A O
Ventilated Front Seats AO O
Heated Steering Wheel AO O
Active Noise Cancellation S
Stow'n Vac (4 in the Table below) A
Easy Tilt (5 in the Table below) O
KeySense programmable key fob (6 in the Table below) O
Hands-free Sliding Doors and Liftgate (7 in the Table below) AO
Remote Start A
Emergency communication system A
Wi-Fi Hotspot O
8.4-inch Touchscreen AO A
Uconnect (infotainment system) S S
Source: FCA press releases on new models, Chrysler/Dodge brand on-line catalogs of mid-August 2016
(Note) The facelifted Dodge Charger was included in this report because it adopts many advanced features.

FCA: major advanced features

(1)
Forward Collision Warning Plus
This system alerts the driver with audio and visual warnings if a forward collision risk is detected through a camera and radar sensor. When the driver does not respond, the system applies a light brake as a tactile alert. If the driver remains unresponsive, braking occurs automatically to avoid a collision or reduce damage. The system installed on the Chrysler Pacifica brings the vehicle to a full stop if a collision risk is detected at speeds below 25 mph while the feature on the Dodge Charger is able to stop the vehicle when a collision appears imminent at speeds below 20 mph.
(2)
Rain Brake Support
When the windshield wipers have been activated, this system moves the brake pads closer to the spinning rotors, helping to keep the pads and rotors dry for greater braking effect.
(3)
ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist with Stop
The system detects obstacles near the rear or the front of the vehicle when a vehicle is maneuvered into a tight space at parking speeds. A graphic display in the instrument panel displays the proximity of objects and the system will bring the vehicle to a full stop to avoid a collision if necessary.
(4)
Stow'n Vac
This vacuum cleaner is located within the wall of the van in the third row. Its hose is long enough to reach the driver's seat and every corner of the floor. It collects dirt from shoes and food debris to keep the entire cabin clean.
(5)
Easy Tilt
The Easy Tilt lets passengers access the third row easily by simply lifting a lever to tilt the second-row seat when it is fitted with a child seat. It is not necessary to climb in through the liftgate or remove a child seat from the second-row seat to get into the third row.
(6)
KeySense programmable key fob
When the vehicle is lent to other drivers, this system allows the key fob to be programmed to limit speed and audio volume, mute the audio when front safety belts are not buckled, and prevent the disabling of certain safety features, among other settings. The owner can set the key fob from the Uconnect touchscreen.
(7)
Hands-free sliding doors and liftgate
This feature automatically opens the sliding doors or liftgate when an individual with the key makes a kicking motion under the sliding door or bumper. It is a convenient feature when the user's hands are full.

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