Active safety

Active safety features are those features and systems that prevent or avoid accidents. Generally speaking, these features operate before an accident occurs.

Active safety features are systems, technical devices and vehicle features that help prevent or avoid accidents. Previously, active safety mainly included elements that ensure a safe and pleasant journey (good brakes, handling…), but today the domain of active safety elements is mainly the area of electronic assistants. The opposite of active safety is passive safety.

Examples of active safety features:

  • above all good brakes, precise steering
  • good handling and optimal traction
  • sufficiently powerful and flexible engine
  • a range of electronic anti-lock braking, anti-skid and stabilisation systems (ABS, ESP, TCS, etc.)
  • driver comfort, reducing fatigue and minimising the risk of microsleep, is also important from a safety point of view
  • good car ergonomics, sufficient visibility, cabin temperature
  • active cruise control ACC and a range of radar systems
  • parking assist systems (Park Assist, PDC, Parkpilot, …)
  • and many other electronic assistants that contribute to safe driving …

Active and passive safety features are extensively tested by independent organisations. In Europe, this is primarily Euro NCAP or IIHS, and in the USA, NHTSA.