New Factory-Installed Safety Options for Freightliner Trucks
April 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Freightliner Trucks announced new factory-installed options for its Class 8 vehicles: Meritor Wabco Electronic Stability Control and Eaton Vorad Collision Warning System.
These products can be spec'd on the Cascadia, Coronado, Columbia and Century Class S/T.
Meritor Wabco's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) provides stability assistance similar to that found in automobiles. ESC enhances the stability of the truck in critical driving situations. Freightliner customers already have been able to spec Roll Stability Control. The new ESC combines our RSC protection with directional stability control.
ESC is seamlessly integrated into the trucks at the factory and requires no activation by the driver. The system acts automatically to sense critical driving events and take appropriate action.
The Eaton Vorad VS-400 Collision Warning system helps drivers identify traffic conditions in advance with in-cab notifications, alerts for slow-moving vehicles, stationary objects, short following distance warnings, and more.
An additional feature is SmartCruise, which collects data from the collision warning system and helps the truck automatically maintain the appropriate distance from the vehicle in front of it.
The SmartCruise feature maintains a pre-determined distance from the vehicles ahead requiring no input from the driver. Set your cruise speed and the system will adjust based on the speed of vehicles in front. You no longer have to engage and disengage the cruise control in traffic.