Volvo Trucks Showcases Active Driver Assist; System Uses Alerts, Braking to Prevent Crashes
Seth Clevenger — Transport TopicsMOUNTVILLE, S.C. — Volvo Trucks North America showcased the next generation of collision-mitigation technology available on its trucks and touted the product offering as its latest move to enhance road safety.
The original equipment manufacturer provided trucking journalists with ride-alongs in a Volvo tractor equipped with the Bendix Wingman Fusion active safety system during an Oct.
24 event here at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds. The technology, which the OEM is marketing as Volvo Active Driver Assist, combines a bumper-mounted radar sensor with a windshield-mounted camera to track both moving and stationary vehicles as well as lane markings.
During the demonstration, the system generated increasingly urgent audible warnings as the truck approached a slower-moving passenger vehicle on the track ahead and eventually applied the brakes automatically to prevent a forward collision. Moments later, the technology brought the truck to a complete and abrupt halt as it rapidly closed in on a stopped passenger vehicle. Active Driver Assist also includes adaptive cruise control and can provide enhanced lane-departure warnings with the aid of the camera.
Ash Makki, product marketing manager at VTNA, likened the combination of camera and radar to “two brains thinking together to make sound decisions.” He also said Volvo has integrated the safety system with its trucks’ driver information display, which prioritizes the most critical alerts. In addition, the system can capture video based on triggers such as excessive braking and hard turns.
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