A car crash isn't over until it's over. There is such a thing that's called secondary crashes, and that's even more dangerous than the initial impact. But what is a secondary crash?
Unless the vehicle slammed into an immovable object, a car could keep on moving after the first hit. That means it can head straight into the path of oncoming traffic, or worse, pedestrians, which puts everyone on the road at greater risk. Kia wants to prevent that from happening by introducing the Multi-Collision Braking (MCB) system.
MCB isn't concept technology. The South Korean automaker made it standard in the all-new Sorento, and Kia will add it to more models in the future. So, what does it do? In Kia's words, MCB is designed to help prevent or mitigate the severity of a secondary collision by the system applying the brakes after a hard impact is detected. The system springs into action once the airbags are triggered. It doesn't slam the brakes as that can cause more injury to the occupants. Instead, the sensors help the system bring the vehicle to a gentle, controlled stop.
It can do all of that thanks to sensors that monitor the position of the pedals. From there, the system checks if the driver is attempting to accelerate or step on the brakes. If the MCB system detects little or no driver intervention, it does the braking on the driver's behalf. That said, Kia says MCB doesn't work at speeds over 170 km/h, as hitting the brakes at that rate could lead to a total loss of control.
Kia is the first mainstream automaker to make this sort of safety system standard in a specific model. We're curious if this feature is exclusive to the European-spec Sorento, but we reckon it would benefit more people if it's applied to all Sorentos, regardless of where it is sold.