Dig­i­tal co-driver

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

TRUCKS of the fu­ture will have a dig­i­tal co-driver, a guardian an­gel that as­sists, or even takes over, if the driver loses con­trol of the ve­hi­cle. The Volvo sys­tem is like a sec­ond set of eyes to help the driver watch for danger­ous sit­u­a­tions. Any­where there is high-level traf­fic con­ges­tion there is a high risk of a crash. The Euro­pean truck ac­ci­dent cau­sa­tion study shows 47 per cent of truck ac­ci­dents are in mo­not­o­nous sit­u­a­tions, such as in­ter­sec­tions, road­works and traf­fic jams, and the new tech­nol­ogy is aimed at cut­ting those fig­ures. It re­lies on sen­sors that re­spond to the traf­fic en­vi­ron­ment, scan lane mark­ings, road signs and road con­di­tions, and com­bines the in­for­ma­tion from those sen­sors with an in­ter­nal sys­tem that mon­i­tors the driver. Project co-or­di­na­tor Reiner Hoeger says: ‘‘We are not try­ing to make the driver su­per­flu­ous. We want the driver to al­ways have some form of con­trol.’’

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