The new Perodua Aruz isn’t short on safety kit, with both variants in the line-up featuring six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, VSC, hill start assist, hill descent control and Isofix child seat anchors on outer second-row seats.

The SUV also features the automaker’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) safety suite, now in version 2.0 form, and exclusive to the high-spec 1.5 Advance (AV) version.

The system follows on that seen on the Myvi, and although it has a 2.0 suffix there is no change to the components grouped in it, with Pre-collision Warning (PCW), Pre-collision Braking (PCB), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC), all working with the assistance of a forward-facing stereo camera, continuing on. But while the cast may be the same, improvements in performance are to be found – its specifications mirrors that of the Toyota Rush‘s Pre-Collision System.

Pre-collision Warning, as its name suggests, warns when a collision is about to happen and alerts the driver through a buzzer warning before an impending crash. On the Myvi, the system works between four km/h and 30 km/h, but on the Aruz the operational speed has been increased, now working from four km/h to 100 km/h.

That’s for vehicles – new to the PCW on the Aruz is pedestrian recognition. As such, the system now also activates in the case of a potential collision with pedestrians, at speeds of between four km/h to 50 km/h.

Should the driver not respond to the PCW’s audio visual warning by braking or steering away, Pre-collision Braking takes over by automatically braking the car. Also known as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), the system provides two-stage braking intervention, first applying weak primary braking amd then hard secondary stage braking as distances close.

For vehicles, the PCB operates from four km/h to 80 km/h for vehicles and from four km/h to 50 km/h for pedestrians. The automaker says that at speeds of up to 30 km/h (an improvement of 10 km/h over the Myvi), the system will help the Aruz avoid a crash completely. At medium speeds (30 to 80 km/h for vehicles, 30 to 50 km/h for pedestrians), the system cannot prevent crashes from occuring completely but trims enough speed to help in mitigating accidents.

As for FDA and PMC, these continue with their scope unchanged. Front Departure Alert informs you when the car in front has departed in a traffic jam or queue by buzzing an alert. It’s activated once you get within 10 metres of the car in front. Once in line, the buzzer will sound if the gap exceeds three metres and the driver fails to react.

Meanwhile, Pedal Misoperation Control provides an override of engine output in cases where the system detects an object (for example, a wall) in front of the vehicle, within a four metre distance. It will not allow the car to accelerate forward, and engine output control will continue for up to eight seconds. The system helps prevent the accidental stepping of the wrong pedal (gas instead of brakes) in parking situations, which can result in a mishap.

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