Chevrolet Bolt EV Driver Safety Features, Explained

Although the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a suite of exciting features that make it a great electric vehicle option for anyone on a budget, what driver assist features are offered? A driver safety system is a valuable asset for a vehicle because the technology not only optimizes the driving experience but both driver and passenger enjoy a high level of protection. Today, massive advancements in driver assist technology have been observed, with automakers capable of offering a hands-free driving experience. For instance, General Motors advertises hands-free driving for models that support its Super Cruise system. Ford also disclosed that the Mustang Mach-E, an electric remake of the popular gasoline model, would get a hands-free driving software update.


Announced in 2015, Chevrolet expected the Bolt hatchback to challenge Tesla which was the main player in the EV segment then. Today, many automakers have revealed their lineup of new and future electric models. Alongside the Chevy Bolt, the Chevy Bolt EUV, Silverado EV, and Blazer EV form part of Chevrolet's electric fleet. As part of efforts to accelerate the Bolt’s development, Chevrolet worked with LG Cooperation to produce components like the battery and drivetrain. Unfortunately, the Bolt EV has experienced several vehicle issues, with a massive recall reported last year. Chevrolet justified the recall by explaining that the batteries posed a serious fire risk.

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Interestingly, the Chevrolet Bolt EV comes with Chevy Safety Assist instead of Super Cruise which is the standard feature of GM’s electric models. While it may not be advertised as “hands-free,” Chevy Safety Assist is a group of advanced driver safety systems. Currently, it's available in some Chevrolet models like the Spark, Camaro, Corvette, Tahoe, Suburban, and the electric hatchbacks—Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. Chevy Safety Assist comprises six of the automaker’s advanced safety features to deliver a safer ride. These features include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keeping Warning, and Intellibeam Auto High Beam Assist. All of these features are available for the Bolt EV.

How The Safety Features Work

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The front pedestrian braking technology helps drivers to either prevent or soften the impact of a front-end collision with a pedestrian that it has already observed. Additionally, the system can send alerts and instantly initiate the hard emergency braking or optimize the effect when the driver chooses to hard brake. Forward collision alert warns the driver when it perceives a potential front-end collision with the vehicle that the Bolt is following. It's worth noting that automatic emergency braking is paired with this feature.

When activated, IntelliBeam Auto High Beams can adjust the car's high beams based on nearby traffic conditions. The Lane keep assist feature works with lane departure warning to ensure that the driver doesn't stray from their lane. Upon detecting a sudden departure from the lane, the system subtly employs a steering wheel turn to notify the driver. Drivers should note that the alerts won't work in instances where the turn signal is being used or the EV deliberately switches lanes. The following distance indicator shows the gap time between the Chevrolet EV and a vehicle being followed, so the driver can decide whether to slow down.

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