AU­TON­O­MOUS TRUCK SAFETY

Car (South Africa) - - TECH -

A fully loaded 18-wheeler truck trav­el­ling at 100 km/h has enough ki­netic en­ergy to eas­ily flat­ten a row of sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles. Good news is that WABCO Hold­ings Inc. (brak­ing sys­tem) and ZF Friedrichshafen AG (steer­ing sys­tem) re­ceived a CLEPA award for their joint de­vel­op­ment of Eva­sive Ma­noeu­vre As­sist, a break­through col­li­sion­avoid­ance sys­tem for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. Radar de­tects sta­tion­ary traf­fic on the mo­tor­way and, if the au­ton­o­mous col­li­sion brak­ing is not enough to avoid an ac­ci­dent, the ve­hi­cle steers it­self round the ob­sta­cle when the driver fails to re­act. This shows the build­ing blocks for au­ton­o­mous trucks are slowly be­ing put in place.

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