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Volvo Makes Driver Assist Tech Standard on VNR, VNL Series

Volvo Active Driver Assist is standard on Volvo Trucks’ new VNR and VNL series of Class 8 trucks.

July 12, 2017
Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA) is standard on Volvo Trucks VNR and VNL series

Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA) is standard on Volvo Trucks’ new VNR and VNL series of Class 8 trucks.

Above: The Bendix system relies on data from a front bumper-mounted radar sensor and a windshield-mounted camera.

VADA incorporates Bendix Wingman Fusion, a camera- and radar-based collision mitigation system.  Sensors detect metallic objects and vehicles that are stationary or braking in front of the truck.

According to Volvo, if a metallic object of size is detected, the system produces audible and visual warnings, 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, VADA 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.

VADA also helps drivers maintain following distance when used with cruise control. If the distance decreases, the system alerts the driver. If needed, the system will also reduce throttle to the engine, apply the engine brake, downshift, and apply the foundation brakes and brake lights.

A lane departure warning system has the capability to monitor and track unsignaled lane changes. An override allows the driver to turn it off for areas where lane markings are unclear, but it will automatically reengage after 15 minutes, or when the driver switches it back on.

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

Source: Volvo Trucks

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