Intelligent safety for transport

Enhancing safety

Transport is increasing and safety is becoming even more important. Ninety percent of accidents are caused by driver error. So to handle difficult traffic situations in the future our researchers are working to make vehicles smarter than ever before, helping the driver to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) include, for example, warning systems and driver awareness support. In most cases the driver is simply warned when something is wrong.

Tomorrow's smart vehicle
The next step in safety is to increase the vehicle's intelligence, for example by developing vehicles that can assist the driver in avoiding a crash.

• Active steering
Today's Lane Keeping Support warns the driver when the vehicle is about to swerve into a different lane. Volvo Group researchers are now also looking into the possibility of having the truck help the driver to avoid lane change accidents by giving full lateral support.

• Intelligent cooperative systems
Intelligent Co-operative Systems involve both communication between vehicles and between the vehicle and the infrastructure. Information on traffic, speeds, positions, accidents and much more will be sent automatically between vehicles and the infrastructure, resulting in increased road safety, reduced congestion, more predictable time frames for travel and much more.

• Automated queue assistance
Automated queue assistance is developed to relieve the driver of the tedious task of driving in queues at low speeds. The vehicle will be able to stay in lane and keep a safe distance to the traffic ahead.

• Road friction technology
Studies show that there is a correlation between accidents and slippery road conditions. To help prevent this the Volvo Group is researching different kinds of technologies, including optical sensors that measure wavelengths reflected off the road in front of the wheel.

• Collision mitigation
A collision mitigation system warns the driver with sound and visual signals when there is a risk of collision with a vehicle in front. It will also autonomously apply the brakes when a crash is imminent. The purpose of course is to avoid, or at least mitigate, the accident.

Unprotected road users
Using sensors the truck will be able to detect unprotected road users for example cyclists and pedestrians. This is important when for example turning right in a left-hand-drive truck since the driver often finds it hard to see objects or people on the right-hand side.