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Testing The Hyundai Tucson Pedestrian Detection and Emergency Braking The Wrong Way

This video shows how well the Hyundai pedestrian detection and emergency braking system works just not in the safest manner.

This video is courtesy of the Facebook page Hyundai Tucson Gerekli Bilgiler who are clearly demonstrating the detection systems on the Hyundai Tucson, just not in the safest way. As per usual with these type of videos don't try this test at home kids, its for viewing and entertainment purposes only.

The video starts with a red Hyundai Tucson rolling down an incline where the driver suddenly exits the vehicle and another person who is stood stationary in the path of the Tucson waits apparently quite confidently until the vehicle is within mere feet of him. The vehicle stops within a few feet of the test subject to much relief, joy and applause from him. The video definitely does its job in showing the automatic emergency braking system at work and how it can potentially save lives, it's just a little bit dangerous for my liking.

Hyundai officially say that the emergency braking stopping power of the Tucson can apply the brakes from 5-50mph and for pedestrian detection applied from 5 to 43mph, but is designed to detect vehicles whose taillights are directly in front of the Tucson. The AEB is meant to not detect objects, other than cars. Other caveats of the system say that the vehicle operator must ensure the radar and camera in the center grille and upper windshield need to be clean and clear of dirt and debris.

The pedestrian detection uses a camera and radar and if a collision is imminent and if the driver does not intervene, the system deploys the emergency braking. The system is part of a whole host of safety features across the Hyundai range, which include Lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, blindspot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and Lane change assist, Lane departure warning, standard rear view camera, Hill start assist control and downhill brake control.

The video is a testament to the system working in the real world. I'm glad it worked out as the testers wanted it, as I'm sure the video would have got a completely different reaction and the video going viral if the system hadn't worked as expected. Again folks, a great test of the Hyundai Tucson's safety functionality, but don't try this at home. I'm also wondering if the test subject who stood in front of the Tucson owned the vehicle or was just coerced into doing the test. A braver man than me....