Scania introduces side detection functionality15 April 2020

Scania has introduced two systems that provide side detection functionality. Together they help avoid or mitigate scenarios where trucks may come into contact with other road users.

The two systems work in parallel and to some extent overlap each other, despite having different focuses, the company says.

Blind Spot Warning (BSW) functions on both sides of the truck. It works at all speeds over 2 km/h, and also on motorways.

Vulnerable Road User Collision Warning (VRUCW) for the passenger side only, is primarily intended for urban environments up to 36 km/h.

Both systems rely on radar, radar sensors and camera detection technologies, used in combination. They provide audible and visual warnings to the driver, escalated in three levels.

Advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) support truck drivers by constantly monitoring blind spots beside the vehicle. In the UK, the most common incident is when a truck turns left at a junction while a cyclist tries to pass the truck on the left side. With side detection functionality, if a cyclist (or a pedestrian) enters a risk zone near the truck, the system will alert the truck driver by visual and audible warnings in the cab, Scania says.

While the BSW system is mainly designed to warn truck drivers of “hidden” cars when at higher speeds switching lanes, it can also warn for bikes and pedestrians. And while the main focus of VRUCW is detecting cyclists and motorbikes, it can also spot pedestrians.

William Dalrymple

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