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Scania introduces new Side Detection system

Mar 08, 2020
Scania has introduced side detection technology utilising two different systems.

Scania’s new Side Detection system help avoid or mitigate collision scenarios in urban environmentsTogether 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. Pedestrians and cyclists are among those who will benefit the most from the extra ‘eyes’ that Scania gives its trucks with the help of radar, radar sensors and cameras.   

Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Trucks said, “The enhanced Side Detection is yet another component in Scania’s aim to increase the safety of vulnerable road-users. I strongly feel that every truck driver would like to have this relentless support system on their side when dealing with busy traffic environments."

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.

While the BSW (Blind Spot Warning) 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 (Vulnerable Road User Collision Warning) is detecting cyclists and motorbikes, it can also spot pedestrians.

Alexander Vlaskamp added, "Trucks form the backbone of urban society – ensuring we all do all we can to promote safety is crucial for everyone.  Scania believes ADAS systems can make a real difference, assisting drivers to handle some of the most challenging driving environments safely."

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