Volvo System Reduces Collison Risk

Jan. 12, 2023
Automatically applies service brakes

The Volvo Collision Mitigation System for wheel loaders assists operators while working in reverse and automatically applies service brakes when the wheel loader approaches any obstacle, alerting the operator to take further action.

The system is designed as “a smart tool to further enhance job site safety,” according to the company.

“We at Volvo CE continue to proactively develop intelligent solutions which not only mitigate the consequences of accidents but strive to avoid them altogether,” said Lars Eriksson, global product manager of for wheel loaders, in a statement. “This new Collision Mitigation System is one important part of our work to reduce the risk of accidents and help fulfil our commitment towards zero accidents.”

How collision mitigation works

The collision mitigation system works by identifying when there is a risk of collision and responding by automatically activating the brakes for two to three seconds to slow the machine down prior to impact or bring it to a stop to avoid it. This initiation of the braking alerts the operator to intervene.

In stockpiling operations, the system will remember the last slope the machine climbed, allowing operators to reverse down a pile without activating collision mitigation. It can also be temporarily deactivated for specific site conditions.

It functions only when the wheel loader is in reverse and driving at speeds of between 3-15 kmh (1.86-9.32mph), no matter what gear it is in.

The patent-pending Collision Mitigation System is a factory-fit option currently available on the L110H/L120H equipped with OptiShift, L150H, L180H, L220H, L260H, and L200H High Lift wheel loaders.

Source: Volvo Construction Equipment

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Rod Sutton

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