For model year 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will offer optional Mobileye collision-avoidance systems on its FE and FG Series trucks.
For a limited time, MItsubishi Fuso will install the Mobileye system free of charge on all 2017 FE and FG Series trucks, normally a $1,000 option, the OEM said.
“We recognize that driver efficiency and safety have direct impact on the bottom line for all of our Fuso customers,” said Otto Schmid, MFTA director of product management. “The Mobileye Collision Avoidance System has proved itself in our testing to reduce the number of incidents that trigger warnings for tailgating, lane departure, urban collision, and rural or highway collision by an average of 50%.”
The study conducted by MFTA also showed that where drivers received specific training in system safety detection and operation, reductions were significantly higher. The Mobileye system is aimed at improving safe operation of the truck, particularly in densely populated urban areas where most Fuso trucks are in use.
The Mobileye system’s forward-looking sensors can detect and warn of an imminent rear-end collision at any vehicle speed, with up to 2.7 seconds of advance notice. The Mobileye system identifies pedestrians and cyclists during daylight hours and alerts drivers in the event of a possible collision.
The headway monitor assists the driver in maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle in front, displaying the amount of time, in seconds, to the vehicle in front when that time drops below 2.5 seconds. A green vehicle icon signifies safe headway, a red icon signifies unsafe and the system provides an alert if the time becomes dangerously short.
The lane departure warning alerts the driver when the vehicle departs from the driving lane without turn signals, by displaying a right- or left-lane icon, as appropriate.
The system also detects and classifies various speed limit signs and provides a visual alert when the vehicle's speed exceeds the posted speed limit by 10 miles per hour. If conditions such as bad weather, direct sunlight or a dirty windshield might compromise the sensors’ detection range, the system also dims the display to alert the driver.
“Fuso has always led the market in safety innovations, so it’s only fitting for us to partner with Mobileye, a leader in collision avoidance technology, to offer driver’s additional peace-of-mind when operating Fuso trucks,” said Jecka Glasman, president and CEO of MFTA.