Basically, a brake assist system monitors the driverís use of the brake pedal, automatically sensing an attempt to stop the car as a result of panic.

image courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors It then generates very high braking power, even when the driver is only pressing lightly on the brake pedal. When this is used together with anti-lock braking systems, it results in faster and safer braking.

  Some road tests show that a driver needs up to 240 feet (73 meters) to stop a car going approximately 60 mph (100 km/h). In the same scenario, cars with brake assist were able to come to a complete stop in as little as 130 feet (40 meters).

Since it only takes one-fifth of a second to travel a car length at highway speeds, the superior speed with which the brake assist is able to react also accounts for its improved safety results over traditional braking systems.

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