In a continuous effort to make tractor trailers more safe, those who develop new technology are working on some innovative ideas for preventing 18 wheeler accidents. A prototype collision avoidance system called the Evasive Maneuver Assist is undergoing testing and seems promising for reducing 18 wheeler crashes.
Developed in part with the goal of making safe autonomous driving a reality, the Evasive Maneuver Assist is designed to prevent 18 wheeler wrecks by detecting potential collisions and then steering the truck away from them.
What Is Evasive Maneuver Assist?
The Evasive Maneuver Assist is a collision avoidance system that combines steering, braking, and vehicle stability controls that are used collectively to move trucks out of the path of potential oncoming 18 wheeler accidents, then bring the truck to a safe stop.
By using an onboard radar sensor, the system detects both moving and non-moving vehicles ahead of a truck, identifying conditions that suggest a rear-end 18 wheeler crash is possible. Evasive Maneuver Assist technology incorporates collision avoidance capabilities with reactive capabilities that take over as needed to prevent a collision.
How Does the Evasive Maneuver Assist Work?
The Evasive Maneuver Assist system works in two steps. First, it alerts drivers via both visual and audio signals that a collision is possible, allowing them the chance to react to avoid the collision. When either a driver or the system determines these actions are not sufficient to avoid 18 wheeler wrecks, the system intervenes by steering the truck away from the impending collision.
Once it has steered around the other vehicles, the system then slows the truck safely to a stop. This mechanism controls steering, braking, and both latitudinal and longitudinal controls to safely maneuver the truck without a loss of stability that could result in sliding, jackknifing, overturning, or other 18 wheeler accidents.
Preventing Crashes with Collision Avoidance Technology
The goal of all heavy truck collision avoidance technology is to give drivers the warnings necessary to avoid 18 wheeler crashes, then back up those warnings with a system automated to step in when human reactions make a collision possible. Evasive Maneuver Assist technology is currently being tested in a variety of high speed driving situations.
Developers are finding the system is preventive in critical circumstances such as driving on slippery, wet roads or when traffic jams appear seemingly out of nowhere after driving around bends in the road. Combined with cutting-edge braking and steering technology, they hope Evasive Maneuver Assist systems will make all tractor trailers safer by reducing 18 wheeler wrecks and pave the way for efficient and safe autonomous truck driving.
Although it will likely be some time before anything like the Evasive Maneuver Assist collision avoidance system makes its way into production, initial experimentation using the technology to reduce 18 wheeler accidents is promising. This mechanism was unveiled in June of 2016, which has been an exciting year for developers who are working to improve commercial truck safety and efficiency while preventing 18 wheeler crashes.
By using this and other available and developing crash prevention technology to prevent 18 wheeler wrecks, many lives could be saved in the near future!
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