The 2020 Proton X50 is smarter and safer than a BMW X1 with all that tech

CY Foong · Sep 30, 2020 02:23 PM

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Today’s the media preview of the 2020 Proton X50 and while most of you are probably anticipating the price and how it drives, let’s not forget one of the X50’s key selling points, its safety features.

Speaking to the media, Lead Engineer, En. Muhammad Zulfadzli Che Mustafar, has shared the safety features of the X50. From the looks of it, the crossover definitely has an impressive array of safety features that puts even the BMW X1 to shame.

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These features are only available on the top-of-the-line Flagship. Once again Proton has been keeping quiet on prices so that’ll have to wait.

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Let’s start with the familiar bits, the ADAS suite comes with blind-spot information system (BLIS). This is something that you see on most modern cars like the Mazda CX-3. When a vehicle is detected in the X50’s blind spot, an LED indicator lights up in the side mirror. Those vehicles also include motorbikes so your X50 can also detect those food delivery riders speeding to their destination.

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Then, there’s the X50’s forward-collision warning (FCW) which operates in 3 stages according to 3 levels of sensitivity which are low, medium, and high. The first stage gives a visual warning in the instrument cluster, the second stage provides visual and audio alerts as the driver moves closer to the object.

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The third stage then kicks with the system actively applying the brakes to prevent or mitigate a crash. This works in tandem with the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system which works at speeds between 4-150 km/h in situations involving moving vehicles, up to 80 km/h with stationary vehicles, and up to 70 km/h in situations involving pedestrians.

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The X50 Flagship’s ADAS also includes intelligent high beam control which is useful in preventing from blinding oncoming drivers or those in front of the X50. This system activates when it detects low ambient light and when traveling above the speeds of 40 km/h.

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Also part of the ADAS suite is lane departure warning (LDW) and lane keep assist (LKA). LDW monitors the position of the car relative to the road lane markings and alerts the driver by steering vibration or an audio cue when unintentionally veering out of lane.

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Meanwhile, LKA actively turns the steering wheel through electric power steering torque control to get back in lane. The X50 also comes with adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop and go function as well as intelligent cruise control.

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FCW, AEB, LKA, and both adaptive and intelligent use radar sensors to help in their functionality with the latter two being Level 2 autonomous driving systems. The X50 is the first model in its class to feature this.

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With all these safety features loaded up on the X50 Flagship, no doubt Proton is looking at a success but it all ends up with that major “P” word; what’s the price on this? For now, stay tuned for our review of the X50 and how it drives.

CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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