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Active Safety Systems in Cars

Gene Petersen
Tire Program Leader, Consumer Reports


Semi-automated safety features are common today, and are the building-blocks of self-driving cars.  According to industry sources, the average age of a car on the road is about 11.5 years old.  So if you are about to buy a new car, you will encounter a host of safety features that may be unfamiliar including systems like Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) to name just a few. 

This presentation will navigate some of the most popular systems commonly found on new vehicles and discuss the evolution toward self-driving cars.  Autonomous driving will also foster the need of “smart” tires to sense road conditions, and alert occupants of when tires may need replacing. 


Eugene A. Petersen graduated from Norwich University as a member of the Corps of Cadets with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Gene has over thirty-eight years of experience in tire testing, working for Armstrong Rubber Company and Pirelli Tire, and presently at Consumer Reports for the last twenty-one years out of the Auto Test Center in East Haddam Connecticut. His current position is Tire Program Manager and is responsible for testing and reporting tire performance ratings through various Consumer Reports publications.

Eugene A. Petersen
Tire Program Manager / Automotive Test Center
3 Hall Kilbourne Road
Colchester CT 06415