Maximum safety is a fundamental value of modern vans and trucks. Here is an overview of the cutting-edge van and truck safety technology features.
VAN Driving Assistance & Safety Features
The latest generation of Vans / Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) feature the latest-generation electronic stability program, often including crosswind assist (which delivers single-sided braking to counter side gusts) and attention assist (which monitors driver fatigue) as standard, anti-lock braking, traction control and electronic brake force distribution with hydraulic brake assist, rollover mitigation, hill start assist, load adaptive control and more.
Other safety and convenience technologies of the latest generation of Vans include collision prevention assist (which gives visual and audio warnings of an impending collision with a vehicle ahead), lane-keeping assist, blind-spot assist, active parking assist (aids the driver in parallel and 90-degree parking situations) and a LED Intelligent Light System (this system sees the angle of beam dynamically altered to provide the best possible illumination across a variety of driving situations). Passive safety is also taken seriously, with crumple zones designed for improved pedestrian safety.
This type of vehicles – in the ‘People Mover’ configuration – is a smart proposition for for large families and chauffeur services. Passenger safety is taken care of by a full complement of airbags and the ISOFIX child-seat system, in the latest generation of ‘People Mover’ Vans.
TRUCK Driving Assistance & Safety Features
Attention assist systems monitor driving style to assess whether the attention of the driver is starting to wane. If it detects a decrease in attention, the driver is warned through the dashboard and acoustically, and the vehicle suggests taking a break. Working in combination with Lane Keeping Assist, the Attention Assist system is purely to support and increase safety, and will not intervene in driving.
Stability control systems help to maintain driving stability of both truck and trailer in potentially dangerous driving situations such as skidding or swerving. The system acts to redress the balance by adjusting the truck’s power supply and braking. Through systematic adjustment of the engine torque, precisely metered tractor braking and trailer control combine to help drivers avoid dangerous situations. Combined with an alert and careful driving style, Stability Control Assist can make a significant difference to safety for both vehicles and personnel.
Active brake assist systems assist the driver when an accident hazard is detected and reduces the vehicle speed, within the system limits, via a stage-based warning concept up to full braking. It starts to evaluate the traffic situation in front of the vehicle as soon as the vehicle drives off. The system uses its own vehicle data for this purpose and also monitors the distances from vehicles driving in front as well as their speeds. It can also detect stationary obstacles, within the system limits, and can reduce the consequences of collisions or completely avoid such accidents through prompt initiation of full braking. The system will detect pedestrians crossing ahead of the vehicle and in turning situations. On detection, partial braking and acoustic/visual warnings are applied at the same time.
Lane recognition systems detect if the truck unintentionally strays too close to the edge of a lane. A small camera located behind the windscreen monitors road-markings and relays the information to an on-board computer. If the lateral distance between the vehicle and the lane markings changes, the system emits an audible signal via the stereo speakers, alerting the driver to correct the course of the vehicle before any problems arise.
Roll control assist systems are available for air sprung vehicles, an it sees the fitment of electronically controlled active dampers, constantly adjusting to suit road conditions and counteracting the rollover tendencies of high centre of gravity or dynamic loads. This improves both ride comfort and safety.
Driver airbag in combination with a seat belt tensioner, is activated by collision sensors only if the impact is severe enough to require it. In conjunction with a properly worn seat belt, the driver’s airbag can reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an accident.
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