Volvo Trucks is now introducing a new safety system. This system detects vulnerable road users entering a blind spot on one side of the truck.
In heavy traffic situations, it is difficult for even the most experienced driver to see everything around the truck. To prevent dangerous situations, Volvo Trucks is now introducing a new safety system. The system is called Lane Change Support and has a Side Collision Avoidance Support. Using dual radars on both sides of the truck, the system detects when other road users, such as cyclists, enter a risk area.
“Accidents can happen in seconds. Our extensive accident investigations are based on decades of study of real-life situations. This new safety system helps drivers avoid possible collisions with vulnerable road users,” said Anna Wrige Berling, Director of Traffic & Product Safety at Volvo Trucks.
When someone is in a blind spot, the system notifies the driver via the relevant red light in the rearview mirror. If the driver activates his turn signal to change lanes, for example, the red light starts flashing and a warning signal sounds. Drivers are alerted and can brake the truck, so cyclists can pass, for example.
“At Volvo Trucks, our long-term vision is zero accidents and safety is at the heart of everything we do. This new system is an example of our efforts to achieve that goal,” concluded Anna Wrige.
General Safety Regulations
The new system will be available worldwide on the Volvo FH, FM and FMX from September 2022. The Volvo FL and FE models will receive the new safety system in 2023. Collision warning meets new requirements in the General Safety Regulations for vulnerable road users. It will come into effect in 2024.