Walking crashes are one of the most urgent transport problems, as if you are a pedestrian and hit a 3,500-pound vehicle, it will not be good for you. Vehicles have increasingly introduced automatic emergency stop systems to prevent them, but according to the Road Safety Institute, the BMW X1 system is hardly working. Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Volvo XC40 have received the highest scores in the IIHS tests, but the X1 has no "credit".
The X1 has a pedestrian detection system called "Daytime Pedestrian Detection". – but in three scenarios, the system failed to work, with the X1
The X1 was not the only small jeep that did not do a great job because the Mitsubishi Outlander received a "Primary" rating, unlike the "superb" rating for the aforementioned jeeps and "advanced" ratings for the Chevrolet Equinox for 2019, Hyundai Kona for 2018-1919, Kia Sportage for 2019 and Mazda CX-5 for 2018-1919. 2019 Nissan Rogue.
I asked BMW for a comment, and a spokesman told me the following:
In February 2019, the Institute of Road Safety (IIHS) published the results of a new test of automatic emergency brake systems in small jeeps and their effectiveness in avoiding or mitigating of pedestrian crashes. BMW was particularly disappointed with the results of testing the BMW X1 for 2018
BMW has a long history of innovation in safety, with engineering philosophy based on three pillars: avoiding incidents, protecting passengers during and after a catastrophe and after the crash notification. The BMW X1 2019 has standard equipment (optional in 2018), an automatic camera-based emergency braking system designed primarily to alert the driver and the emergency brake to avoid crashing with another vehicle. The BMW X1 2019 can also warn the pedestrian driver who crosses the road ahead of him. If the driver does not respond to the warning, the system may apply the brakes. The upper limit for this X1 system is 60 km / h or 37.5 mph as indicated on the vehicle's speedometer. Given that BMW speeders are conservatively calibrated and that the IIHS test is accurate at 37 mph, it may be that the IIHS tests the system above the threshold.
Customers with questions can contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-831-1117 or email CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
We were not particularly blown away by the semi-autonomous BMW systems of cars such as the new 5 Series and others. BMW is fun, of course, but it sounds like this kind of technology needs some work.