Volvo Trucks Offers Active Braking, Lane Departure Warning System

March 2012, - Feature

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Volvo Trucks' latest safety technologies, Volvo Enhanced Cruise with Active Braking and a Lane Departure/Driver Alertness Warning System, increase driver safety through advanced sensor technologies that monitor road conditions and driver behavior.
VEC with Active Braking uses a radar sensor, inset in the front bumper, to monitor stationary objects and vehicles moving in front of and to the side of the truck.
VEC with Active Braking uses a radar sensor, inset in the front bumper, to monitor stationary objects and vehicles moving in front of and to the side of the truck.

Volvo Enhanced Cruise with Active Braking offers full-time active braking and will be offered on all new Volvo VN series highway tractors ordered with VEC. Until now, trucks equipped with VEC provided active braking only when the vehicle's cruise system was engaged.

VEC with Active Braking uses a radar sensor, inset behind the front bumper, to help maintain a safe following distance from slowing vehicles and identifies stationary objects in the truck's path. The system provides full-time object detection and integrated visual feedback on the instrument panel and driver information display, audible warnings and braking intervention to help reduce the potential or severity of a crash. If braking intervention becomes necessary, the system will reduce the engine throttle, apply the engine brake, and when needed, apply up to two-thirds the brake power.

The Lane Departure/Driver Alertness Warning System provides audible and visual alerts during unintentional deviation from the driving lane or drowsy driver characteristics. The system combines a windshield-mounted camera, vision software, processor and power supply into a unit that's integrated with the warning hierarchy established on all Volvo vehicles.

"The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration attributes human error as the cause of more than 90% of all truck-involved crashes," says Frank Bio, Volvo Trucks product manager - trucks, citing FMCSA's Large Truck Crash Causation Study. "Active safety technologies that provide driver warnings and take corrective action play a vital role in helping to avoid accidents, while continuing to help drive the strong downward trend in truck-involved crash rates."


  1. 1. yonv [ June 15, 2014 @ 03:22AM ]

    Why is everything aimed at truck drivers. there are millions of stupid people who cut off trucks in there cars or race to get around trucks at construction zones because they don't want to be behind a truck. what about cars that ride on a truck drivers tail. this I see all the time. if a truck driver has to stop quick the car would end up under the truck in some cases. why does all the blame fall on a truck driver in most wrecks. why not start regulating cars too. if the speed limit is 65 or 70 then a car does not need to do 75 or 80 on the road. so why does not the safety commission start evaluating what and how cars are being driven and start putting restrictions or cars. as a truck driver myself I think this is one of the stupidist things to be put on a truck. know your truck is telling you how to drive. this things goes off every time a car cuts in front of a truck , I have had it go off under bridges, go off at signs hanging over the road, it's not worth the paper it was figured up on. just something else for the truck driver to deal with. the safety commission are not the one who has to deal with it. why does not the law enforce the laws they have instead of coming with new ones. everyone always picks on the truck driver but know one thinks about what would happen if the trucks shut down. THE WORLD STOPS


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