How does Forward Collision Warning work

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The advanced technologies and features found in vehicles today continue to astonish. While they might not be a substitute for your best judgment or guarantee 100% that you will avoid collision, they definitely reduce the risk tenfold delivering an extra sense of confidence to anyone behind the wheel. One of the features that does that perhaps more than most, is the fairly new Forward Collision Warning.

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Forward Collision Warning utilizes radars, sensors and cameras on the front of your vehicle to scan the area in front of you. If the system detects an imminent collision with a vehicle driving slower than you, or stopped, it will alert you by sending visual or audible warnings – or sometimes both. It is then your job to step on the brakes and make sure you stop in time. Working in conjunction with a system like Automatic Emergency Braking, FCW can help prevent or at least reduce the impact of collisions.

What is the Toyota Pre-Collision System?

A few days ago we a slightly more in-depth look at the brand-new Toyota Safety Sense program being installed in newer Toyota vehicles. You might have noticed that Forward Collision Warning was nowhere to be found, but that’s actually just because Toyota gave it a different name. Enter the Pre-Collision System, or PCS for short. PCS is just the fancy name for the combination of Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking. Not only does the PCS system alert you to an imminent collision, it’ll help you prevent it by applying brake pressure.

If you’re interested in finding out which vehicles feature Forward Collision Warning – or the Pre-Collision System for Toyota – feel free to give us a call right here at Wheaton Toyota on the Trail. We’d be happy to help you find the right vehicle!

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