Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has expanded its safety and security glossary with terms auto glass professionals should be aware of. The listing defines commonly used industry terms related to auto glass repair and replacement.
Two of the most common include digital rearview mirror and surround view camera. Digital rearview mirror, according to FCA, replaces conventional rearview mirror with a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor to help improve driver rearward visibility; displays real-time video from rear-facing camera; and can be turned off to revert back to reflective mirror. While the surround view camera uses four cameras that are positioned around the vehicle to provide bird’s-eye perspective of vehicle and its immediate surroundings for the driver.
glassBYTEs has included some of the automaker’s glossary listing below.
Driver Warning and Assist, Chassis-Control and Brake Systems
- Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM): Uses radar sensors to aid driver when changing lanes, passing or being passed; blind-spot vehicle presence noted via illuminated icons in side-view mirrors and driver-selectable audible chime.
- Forward Collision Warning: Radar determines if a frontal impact with another vehicle appears imminent; if so, system pre-fills brakes, then transmits audible and visual warnings for driver to intervene.
- Forward Collision Warning-Plus: Radar and camera technology combine to determine if frontal impact with another vehicle appears imminent; if so, system pre-fills brakes, then transmits audible and visual warnings for driver to intervene; no driver response triggers brief brake application as tactile alert; if driver remains unresponsive and frontal collision risk remains, brakes are applied to slow vehicle before impact.
- Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist: Alerts and assists driver; leverages electric power steering to deliver subtle steering wheel input when system detects need for course correction.
- ParkSense Rear Park Assist System with Stop and Release: ln reverse, at low speeds, ultrasonic sensors detect stationary objects; if imminent collision is detected, system will provide momentary, autonomous brake pulse; below 4.4 mph, system will bring vehicle to a stop before releasing.
- ParkView Rear Backup Camera: Provides wide-angle view of area immediately behind vehicle; available features include dynamic grid lines to aid driver when maneuvering into parking spaces or narrow areas; also assists when lining up trailer to vehicle’s hitch, when so equipped; image displayed on the center-stack screen or rear-view mirror when transmission is shifted into reverse.
- Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB): If system detects pedestrian and determines a frontal collision appears imminent, it will – if driver does respond accordingly – activate the vehicles brakes; in certain conditions, the system is capable of bringing the vehicle to a stop.
Lighting and Visibility Systems
- Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror: Auto-dimming mirror reduces glare from bright light of trailing vehicles automatically, allowing driver to have a clearer view of the road ahead.
- Halogen Infrared Reflecting (HIR) Bulbs: Unique component coating delivers greater light output than conventional bulbs.
- Auto-reverse sunroof: Reverses automatically when it senses an obstruction while closing.
- Auto-reverse windows: Reverses automatically when it senses an obstruction while closing.
To view the full safety and technology glossary, click here.