How Front Pedestrian Braking Works

The 2017 Chevy Malibu is one of the safest new cars in Harlingen. It earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA (pronounced nit-sah) for short.

NHTSA has been researching new technology that will make cars safer by filling the gaps of human error, and Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame appeared in a series of videos to demonstrate.

About 94 percent of all crashes are caused by a human doing something wrong, and most of the time, it's because a driver was distracted. A new study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics showed that in 52 percent of all traffic collisions, one of the drivers was distracted by a cell phone!

Taking your attention off the road for even a second can have disastrous consequences, but there are ways the car itself can help.

The 2017 Chevy Malibu is available with Front Pedestrian Braking, similar to the technology shown in the NHTSA video. It uses sensors to detect the shape of a human crossing the road. If the driver continues barreling toward the pedestrian without slowing down or taking evasive action, the Malibu will first attempt to alert the driver with a warning noise, and if that fails, it will automatically apply the brakes, potentially saving a life.

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