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Oct 26, 2016

COLLISION MITIGATION from VOLVO * USA: New Active Driver Assist

* South Carolina - Volvo demonstrates new active fully integrated system to assist drivers

--- You have to have faith in your equipment, and the engineers who designed it, to keep your foot planted firmly on the accelerator as you bear down on a stopped SUV in a Class 8 highway truck. But that’s exactly what Volvo and Bendix officials did Monday in showcasing their new Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA) collision mitigation system, and no metal was crumpled in the demonstration... It's Volvo’s fully integrated version of Bendix Wingman Fusion... It builds on Volvo Enhanced Cruise, but offers new capabilities and the ability to mitigate front-end collisions in all traffic situations – regardless of whether or not cruise control is active. One of the most notable improvements is the ability to recognize stationary objects and automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t react quickly enough... Volvo says 31% of truck crashes today involve front-end collisions. VADA’s automatic braking is available at speeds of 15 mph or higher. At slower speeds, such as in stop-and-go traffic, it will still sound alarms but automatic braking isn’t applied. In addition to issuing audible alerts, a bright red LED ring appears around the speedometer, giving the driver a visual cue if he or she is looking at their gauges instead of the road... Volvo made VEST standard in 2005, looking to eliminate the 28% of commercial vehicle accidents that involve a rollover... 
(Photo: VADA incorporates a new radar and camera for greater range and visibility)   --   Laurens, S.C., USA - Truck News, by James Menzies - October 25, 2016

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