Volvo has unveiled a collision mitigation system known as Active Driver Assist, which combines information from a camera and radar to offer everything from warnings to emergency braking.
The option is now available on all VNL and VNM trucks.
The system activates at speeds above 15 miles per hour, and monitors following distances, stationary objects, and lane markings. Drift out of a lane, and a warning will sound. Audible and visual warnings come if a non-moving metallic object is detected. When the system identifies a vehicle, warnings will sound when following distances shrink to 3.5 seconds. If drivers don’t act, it will automatically shift a truck’s I-Shift transmission engage the brakes.
One thing that sets Volvo Active Driver Assist from some other collision mitigation systems is that it is integrated directly into the dash. The warnings, such as the speed of a vehicle ahead of the truck, is displayed in the driver information center.
The radar mounted on the bumper covers an area 22 degrees wide and reaching 500 feet ahead, while the camera’s viewing angle covers 42 degrees.
The events will not go unnoticed by fleets. The camera records 10 seconds of video before and after each triggered event, and the system stores up to 40 video clips. Fleets can even choose to increase the following distances to six seconds. Drivers, meanwhile, can deactivate its Lane Departure Warning System for up to 15 minutes when traveling through construction zones or narrow roads, where false alarms can be triggered.
It’s all built on a backbone of Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology, designed to reduce the chance of rollovers and maintain control on slick roadways.
“It’s the most advanced driver assistance system we’ve ever delivered,” says Goran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. It adds to a long list of safety devices the company has introduced to the marketplace, including three-point seatbelts (1986), Daytime Running Lights (1995), and driver-side air bags (1997).