The safety of our roads continues to improve as truck manufacturers roll out improvements to their safety systems. Going back just a decade or so it would have seemed science fiction that a truck could detect what’s ahead and decide whether a moving or stationary object was going to be in the way. Add to that the ability of the truck to bring itself to a complete stop after issuing a driver warning and we would all have thought the world had gone mad.
DAF have announced several upgrades to their Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) that will make our roads safer still. These changes have been made across the range of XF, CF and LF trucks and DAF have branded them ‘AEBS-3’ representing their third generation of AEBS.
How the AEBS-3 Works
This third generation Advanced Emergency Braking System can provide up to full autonomous emergency braking to assist with collision avoidance of both stationary and moving vehicles from a speed of up to 80 km/h. The sophisticated safety system is offered in combination with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).
For its next generation of AEBS system, DAF Trucks is using a high precision dual radar with 16 antennas (previously: 7) for far and near range detection. It holds the best-in-class long range sensor with the longest detection range in the industry of up to 250 metres (previously: 200). This enables earlier recognition of potentially critical situations. An unparalleled 120˚ (previously: 50˚) near range angle of view enables earlier prediction of cut-in situations – even in harsh weather conditions and in situations with poor visibility such as fog and low sun.
AEBS operates together with the vehicle’s braking and stability control systems. Via audible and visual alerts and a firm haptic brake pulse, the system prompts the driver to react to an imminent potential collision. If the driver fails to react, the truck automatically initiates emergency braking to avoid, or mitigate the impact of, a rear-end collision.
Up to 80 kilometres per hour
AEBS-3 can provide up to full autonomous emergency braking to assist with collision avoidance of both stationary and moving vehicles from a speed of up to 80 km/h. As a result, DAF’s new AEBS-3 automatically reduces the speed of impact as much as possible with a moving or a stationary object ahead of the vehicle if a driver is inattentive to dangerous situations.