I'm getting quite good at driving at things without braking. The first time I did it was in a car park in Pontiac outside Detroit almost 10 years ago when Continental was showing off the system that would become the Mercedes Pre-safe system. I found it almost impossible.
Recently we had to do it at the Mazda CX-5 launch to try the Smart City Brake, and it took me three attempts.
Last week I was in the Mercedes B-Class experiencing the Collision Prevention Assist Plus. It was still scary, but I did it first time. The system stopped me shunting into a wall of cushions and a bizarre inflatable Merc saloon, and I've written about this and the driving the B-Class for Beauty & the Dirt.
Soon all cars will have systems to stop them driving into the back of another at roundabouts or in traffic and mitigate the crash at higher speeds. This will save injuries and even lives, and will put insurance premiums down. It's yet another step on the way to autonomous cars. My only question is, if someone has a car equipped with one of these systems and comes to a sudden stop, is the person following, who doesn't, more likely to go into the back of them?