Preventing Blind Spot Collisions

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This week another new safety technology has been introduced into trucks, a system aimed at preventing blind spot collisions, from Volvo. In urban areas collisions between trucks and other users take place at a relatively low speed but can be disastrous for cyclists and pedestrians.

Contracts on infrastructure projects in major cities are beginning to include clauses specifying equipment such as this new one from Volvo.

When someone is in the blind spot zone, the system, called Side Collision Avoidance Support, informs the driver via a red light on the relevant side mirror. If the driver indicates a lane change via the turn signal, the red light starts to flash and a warning sound emits from the side of the potential collision. The driver is alerted and can brake the truck, allowing for example a cyclist to pass.

“At Volvo Trucks, our long-term vision is zero accidents, and safety is at the core of everything we do. This new system is another example of our efforts to accomplish these aims,” says Anna Wrige Berling, Traffic & Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks.

The new system will be available globally on the Volvo FH, FM and FMX with diesel, gas and electric drivelines, starting in September this year. The Volvo FL and FE models will get the new safety system in 2023.

In busy traffic situations, it is difficult for even the most experienced driver to perceive everything around the truck. To prevent stressful situations for the driver, Volvo Trucks is offering its new safety system. Using a dual radar on each side of the truck, the system detects when other road users, for example cyclists, enter the risk area.

“An accident can happen in a split second. Our extensive accident research is based on decades of studying real-life situations, and this new safety system helps the driver to prevent potential collisions,” says Anna Wrige.

Preventing Blind Spot Collisions

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