Definition - What does Active Safety mean?
Active safety, also called primary safety, is a term that refers to automobile safety systems that are designed to reduce the likelihood of a crash, collision, or other vehicle accident. As a technological solution designed to prevent or mitigate driving accidents and other safety incidents, active safety measures can be considered a type of engineering control.
Active safety measures include technology that is designed to produce safer driving behavior, warn drivers of potential oncoming hazards, and automatically activate in the event that the vehicle’s conditions become high-risk. Active safety is fundamentally concerned with the prevention of crashes or the mitigation of their severity. Equipment that is designed to support driver safety in the event of a crash, such as airbags, are referred to as passive safety measures.
Safeopedia explains Active Safety
Many recently developed active safety features rely upon sophisticated computer equipment to process information linked to external sensors or to carry out safety-sensitive mechanical tasks. These features include active park assist, object (collision) detection systems, and rear-facing cameras. Active safety systems use sensors both to provide feedback for the vehicle driver and to guide the use of safety systems that carry out mechanical tasks (e.g., automatic braking upon detection of an imminent collision).