14 December 2020 · Buyer Tips & Advice

Understanding the safety feature acronyms in your Kia | Phil Gilbert Kia

Kia is one car manufacturer that puts its best foot forward when it comes to driver safety. So much so that customers can sometimes get lost amongst a long list of clever acronyms. Want to know what the A in AEB stands for? Unsure as to what DAW actually is? Check out this blog from the team at Phil Gilbert Kia and you’ll soon be up-to-date with everything you need to know. 


If you want to be able to stop in a hurry, and in the safest possible way, then you’ll be glad to know that your Kia is fitted with AEB technology. In full, the Autonomous Emergency Braking system actively helps to avert crashes while on the road. It utilises a series of sensors and cameras that monitor the distance of other vehicles in front, along with their relative speed. If the system detects a collision, an alert will be sent to the driver. If there’s no driver response, then Autonomous Emergency Braking will stop the car itself. The outcome? You can drive with confidence in all kinds of environments, be it the city, the countryside or anywhere else. 


FCWS, or Forward Collision Warning technology, is something that helps to separate Kia models from the rest of the pack. This system works by using camera and radar data to determine the location of other vehicles, bikes and pedestrians in relation to you. If the sensors are triggered, then audible warnings are sent directly to the driver, after which a safe braking function is activated. This helps to reduce the chance of bumps, crashes and collisions from occurring.


Lane Keep Assist is standard in many Kia models, and for good reason. This technology helps drivers to get from point A to point B safely, regardless of the road conditions. Basically, LKA identifies the driver's current lane and the lane boundaries, and then automatically steers the vehicle back into the middle of the lane, should it veer away. Driver fatigue and distractions (smartphones etc) play a big role in many accidents, so this type of system makes for a great addition. 


Worried about your blind spot? The Blind Spot Detection system that Kia uses is state-of-the-art and provides for a standout level of safety. This system relies on radar sensors to alert drivers to potential dangers, helping to reduce the chance of a crash or serious incident. These sensors are fitted near the rear side territory of the vehicle.


Driver Attention Warning is a great safety feature that helps to reduce accidents caused by distractions while behind the wheel. It also monitors behaviours that may indicate that the driver is drowsy. How does it work? Well, if your driving becomes compromised, expect a warning chime to sound and a visual prompt to appear on your screen, reminding you to pull over and take a break. Whether that’s for a power nap or to check your phone, it’s one technology that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

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Want to find out more about the safety features that we have available? Get in touch with the expert team at Phil Gilbert Kia. Our showroom is located in Croydon plus we have Service Departments at both Lidcombe and Croydon and we’re always on hand to take your call. Contact us today for further information.