Volvo Trucks Develops Accident Prevention System
The main aim of AQuA is to reduce burden to the driver behind the wheel, improve safety and reduce environmental impact by preventing accidents which in turn may cause new traffic queues. The new technology may further need refinement.
The AQuA technology helps drivers by minimizing risks in queues. By equipping the truck with a number of technical features that can take control of the vehicleâ€™s steering and speed, and the driver gets help in driving the vehicle and also helps in maintaining proper concentration.
When a traffic queue increases, the driver can choose to activate the system, which operates at low speeds. A camera is equipped that registers how attentive the driver is and issues an alert if it detects lack of concentration. The driver can deactivate the system and retake manual control at any time.
Volvo will demonstrate the new technology in June 2011 at the HAVEit Final Event in Goteborg, Sweden. HAVEit - Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport, is an EU project whose purpose is to develop next-generation intelligent vehicles.
In addition, as part of the HAVEit project, Volvo has developed Active Green Driving (AGD) that has been tested in its buses. The firm has also developed a Brake-by-Wire technology, an entirely electro-mechanical braking system that improves performance and stability during braking.
Carl Johan Almqvist, traffic and product safety director at Volvo Trucks, said: â€œDriving in a traffic queue is a very monotonous process. The driver may be at a standstill for long periods of time and in such a situation it is easy to become distracted, leading to accidents.
â€œVolvo Trucks is investing heavily in further development of this type of support system for our drivers. This development is an important part of the drive to reach our zero vision, whereby no Volvo trucks are to be involved in any accidents.â€
In May 2011, Volvo Trucks has developed the new Volvo FM MethaneDiesel. This truck is powered by up to 75 percent gas, which extends the vehicleâ€™s operating range. It can considerably reduce CO2 emissions from heavy and long-distance transport operations.
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