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New Collision Mitigation System from Volvo Trucks

| October 5, 2016

 New Collision Mitigation System from Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has introduced Volvo Active Driver Assist, a collision mitigation system that combines both radar and camera capabilities to provide emergency braking and help drivers maintain a safe following distance through alerts and interventions.

Volvo reports that it “currently is the only OEM to fully integrate the system into its Driver Information Display, so no additional display units or prep kits are needed.”

The system is always active, providing stationary object detection with stationary vehicle braking, which sends audible and visual warnings if a non-moving, metallic object is detected in front of the truck. Braking assist will be applied – at speeds greater than 15 mph – when the system recognizes the stationary object as a vehicle, independent of whether cruise control is engaged.

The driver will receive a warning up to 3.5 seconds before an imminent impact with the stationary vehicle, and, if no action is taken by the driver, Volvo Active Driver Assist will automatically engage the brakes.

“Volvo Trucks has had safety as a core value since 1927 and has since been an industry leader for safety innovations, including when we invented the three-point safety belt in 1959,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Volvo is pleased to be the first OEM to fully integrate this offer into the Driver Information Display, making this simpler for the fleet and the driver.”

When cruise control is engaged, Volvo Active Driver Assist will also help the driver maintain a set following distance behind the forward vehicle. Should the forward vehicle slow down, Volvo Active Driver Assist will alert the driver and, if necessary, reduce throttle to the engine, apply the engine brake, downshift the Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission and apply the foundation brakes and brake lights to help the driver maintain the set following distance gap based on the speed of the two vehicles.

Using a front bumper-mounted radar sensor and a windshield-mounted camera, Volvo Active Driver Assist offers a series of visual and audible alerts depending on the forward distance of the front object. Cruise control does not have to be engaged for the Volvo Active Driver Assist system to work. Available now for order as an option on new Volvo VNL and VNM models, Volvo Active Driver Assist improves metallic object detection and functionality in hazy, rainy, foggy and snowy conditions.

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