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Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist is now stan­dard equip­ment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL se­ries, im­prov­ing safety not only for truck driv­ers, but all mo­torists. Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist in­cludes Bendix Wing­man Fu­sion, a com­pre­hen­sive, cam­era- and radar-based col­li­sion mitigation sys­tem that is fully in­te­grated with Volvo’s Driver In­for­ma­tion Display. Volvo is the first heavy-duty truck OEM to of­fer Bendix Wing­man Fu­sion as stan­dard equip­ment.

“Safety has al­ways been part of the essence of Volvo Trucks, and it has been one of our core val­ues since 1927,” said Göran Ny­berg, pres­i­dent of Volvo Trucks North Amer­ica. “Mak­ing Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist with Bendix Wing­man Fu­sion stan­dard in Volvo VNR and VNL mod­els demon­strates our com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the safety of ev­ery­one who trav­els on our roads.”

Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist com­bines cam­era and radar sen­sors to de­tect metal­lic ob­jects and ve­hi­cles that are sta­tion­ary or ve­hi­cles brak­ing in front of a truck. If a metal­lic ob­ject of size is de­tected, audi­ble and vis­ual warn­ings are made to alert the driver, in­clud­ing red warn­ing light flashes re­flected on the wind­shield. Warn­ings are dis­played up to 3.0 sec­onds be­fore an im­mi­nent im­pact with the sta­tion­ary ob­ject. If the sys­tem rec­og­nizes the sta­tion­ary ob­ject as a ve­hi­cle, and the driver does not take ac­tion, Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist will au­to­mat­i­cally alert the driver and en­gage the brakes to help the driver mit­i­gate the po­ten­tial col­li­sion. Brak­ing as­sist is avail­able at speeds greater than 15 mph

Ad­di­tion­ally, Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist works with cruise con­trol to help the driver main­tain a set fol­low­ing dis­tance be­hind the for­ward ve­hi­cle. If the for­ward ve­hi­cle slows 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.

Thanks to the cam­era in­put, Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist also in­te­grates a Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing Sys­tem with Data Cap­ture ca­pa­bil­ity. This sys­tem alerts driv­ers when an un­in­ten­tional lane change (one in which the turn sig­nal is not ac­ti­vated) oc­curs and can be turned off by the driver for 15 min­utes when trav­el­ing through con­struc­tion zones or other ar­eas where lane mark­ings may be un­clear or con­fus­ing. The sys­tem re­ac­ti­vates au­to­mat­i­cally af­ter 15 min­utes, though the driver has the op­tion to re­ac­ti­vate it man­u­ally. Lane de­par­ture warn­ings do not oc­cur if the turn sig­nal is ac­ti­vated or brakes are ap­plied.

Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist with Bendix Wing­man Fu­sion is fully in­te­grated with Volvo’s Driver In­for­ma­tion Display and re­quires no ad­di­tional dis­plays or hard­ware kits. Its com­plete in­te­gra­tion en­ables driv­ers to more quickly re­act to warn­ings. The sys­tem is also in­te­grated with Volvo En­hanced Sta­bil­ity Tech­nol­ogy (VEST) to help driv­ers avoid rollover and loss-of-con­trol sit­u­a­tions on dry, wet, snow- and ice-cov­ered road­ways. Volvo was the first com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle OEM to make full sta­bil­ity stan­dard on its high­way trac­tors.

The sys­tem re­lies on data from a front bumper-mounted radar sen­sor and a wind­shield­mounted cam­era and 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.

With a de­tec­tion range of 22 de­grees wide and 500 feet in front of the truck, the radar sys­tems can de­tect the an­gle, speed and dis­tance of an ob­ject ahead. A cam­era with a view­ing an­gle greater than 42 de­grees com­ple­ments the radar and can de­ter­mine the size and lane po­si­tion, as well as other char­ac­ter­is­tics of an ob­ject.

Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist com­ple­ments safe driv­ing prac­tices and is not in­tended to en­able or en­cour­age ag­gres­sive driv­ing. No com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle safety tech­nol­ogy re­places a skilled, alert driver ex­er­cis­ing safe driv­ing tech­niques and proac­tive, com­pre­hen­sive driver train­ing. Re­spon­si­bil­ity for the safe op­er­a­tion of the ve­hi­cle re­mains with the driver at all times.

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