Volvo FH Chassis safety

Chassis safety

Warns if the truck wanders off lane
Lane Keeping Support (LKS) monitors the truck’s position on the road. The system alerts the driver in the event of unintentional departure from the current lane or when entering a lane of traffic going the other way. The main application areas are in long-haul operations on motorways when the truck is driven at a steady cruising speed in monotonous traffic environments.

The system is an aid if the driver is not concentrating sufficiently, when he or she is tired or losing focus.

Warns of potential side collision
Lane Changing Support (LCS) keeps an eye on the blind spot to the passenger’s offset rear that the rear-view mirrors cannot cover. When the driver operates the turn signal indicator and intends to change lanes, the LCS system’s radar unit first checks whether there is a vehicle in the blind spot. If there is, the driver is alerted via a light signal.

Alert when tired
Driver Alert Support (DAS) monitors parameters such as steering wheel and pedal movements. A video camera on the inside of the windscreen reads off the road’s centre and edge markings and an on-board computer compares the driver’s steering wheel movements with the road markings. When the driver starts weaving with the steering wheel, DAS alerts the driver both via an acoustic signal and by flashing an indication in the driver information display. This system is an option with LKS.

Active cruise control keeps the distance
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is an active cruise control system that makes it easy to blend in smoothly with the flow of traffic and maintain safe distance to the vehicle in front.

With ACC, the driver selects the time gap to the vehicle in front. The ACC system then keeps this time gap through automatic operation of the throttle and brakes. The ACC’s gap monitoring system is based on a highly advanced radar function.

 

Electronically controlled fast brakes
Electronically controlled Brake System (EBS) disc brakes offer distinct and well-balanced brake feel combined with heat-resistant disc installation and simple service. They are characterised by high braking effect, while electronic control results in immensely swift response with a short stopping distance. EBS is available in Medium and High program packages.

Brake stabilisation forgives the driver
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) promotes safe and secure braking with the possibility of redistributing braking force between the various wheels as necessary.

ESP operates actively to brake each wheel individually. For instance, the system registers if the truck’s speed is excessive and the vehicle is on the verge of skidding or rolling over in a curve, and even if the trailer shows signs of starting to weave in a fast emergency avoidance manoeuvre. ESP is included in EBS High for all tractors and is also available on rigids with the 6x2 air suspended bogie.