Scania launches new side detection device

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Scania has introduced side detection functionality via two different systems to help to improve safety for vulnerable road users.

The two systems work in parallel and to some extent overlap each other, despite having different focuses.

Pedestrians and cyclists are among those who will benefit the most from the extra “eyes” that Scania gives its trucks with the help of radar, radar sensors and camera, it said. 

While the Blind Spot Warning system is mainly designed to warn truck drivers of ‘hidden’ cars when at higher speeds switching lanes, it can also warn for bikes and pedestrians. 

The main focus of the Vulnerable Road User Collision Warning system is detecting cyclists and motorbikes, it can also spot pedestrians.  

Alexander Vlaskamp, senior vice president and head of Scania Trucks, explained: "The enhanced Side Detection is yet another component in Scania’s aim to increase the safety of vulnerable road-users.

"I strongly feel that every truck driver would like to have this relentless support system on their side when dealing with busy traffic environments."

The Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) support truck drivers by constantly monitoring blind spots beside the vehicle.

In the UK, the most common incident is when a truck turns left at a junction while a cyclist tries to pass the truck on the left side.

With side detection functionality, if a cyclist (or a pedestrian) enters a risk zone near the truck, the system will alert the truck driver by visual and audible warnings in the cab, says Scania.

"Trucks form the backbone of urban society – ensuring we all do all we can to promote safety is crucial for everyone," said Vlaskamp.

"Scania believes ADAS systems can make a real difference, assisting drivers to handle some of the most challenging driving environments safely."

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