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Volvo Trucks North Amer­ica has in­tro­duced Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist, a com­pre­hen­sive 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 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.

Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist 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.

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.

The radar sen­sor has a de­tec­tion range of 22 de­grees wide and 500 feet in front of the truck and de­tects the an­gle, speed and dis­tance of the ob­ject ahead. The radar is as­sisted by a cam­era with a view­ing an­gle wider than 42 de­grees and can de­ter­mine the size and lane po­si­tion, as well as other char­ac­ter­is­tics of an ob­ject.

Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist of­fers alert pri­or­i­ti­za­tion in the event of mul­ti­ple sys­tem alerts. When alerts are needed si­mul­ta­ne­ously, such as lane de­par­ture warn­ing and im­pact alert, VADA will ar­range them in or­der of crit­i­cal­ity so the driver can re­spond ac­cord­ingly and to min­i­mize dis­trac­tion.

Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist is built upon Volvo En­hanced Sta­bil­ity Tech­nol­ogy (VEST) – a full sta­bil­ity sys­tem that helps driv­ers to re­duce the in­ci­dence of rollover and loss of con­trol sit­u­a­tions on a dry, wet, snow and ice-cov­ered road­ways. This in­te­gra­tion of cam­era, radar and brakes helps Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist de­liver ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance that in­cludes rear-end col­li­sion, rollover and loss of con­trol mit­i­ga­tion.

Rel­e­vant driver and ve­hi­cle per­for­mance data is col­lected by the cam­era when a trig­ger event – such as ex­ces­sive brak­ing, lane changes with­out a turn sig­nal, ex­ces­sive curve speed and ex­tended loss of track­ing – oc­curs. Video is cap­tured for later down­load.

“Steve has a proven track record as an ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cate for the in­dus­try and a ter­rific leader for the staff,” says David Bradley. “His ap­point­ment means a smooth lead­er­ship tran­si­tion and con­tin­ued suc­cess for CTA. Sim­i­lar to his pre­de­ces­sor, Laskowski will hold the top job at both CTA and the On­tario Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. Stephen holds a Masters of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion from the Univer­sity of Western On­tario. He and his wife Milena re­side in Burling­ton, ON and have one daugh­ter.

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