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Scania introduces new Side Detection functionality

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems features mean increased safety
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW), on both sides of the truck - Works at all speeds over 2 km/h, also on motorways
  • Vulnerable Road User Collision Warning (VRUCW), on passenger side - Primarily intended for urban environments up to 36 km/h
  • BSW and VRUCW provide audible and visual warnings to the driver, escalated in three levels
  • Radar, radar sensors and camera are used in combination  

Scania now introduces a side detection functionality via two different systems. Together they help avoid or mitigate scenarios where trucks may come into contact with other 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.         

"The enhanced Side Detection is yet another component in Scania’s aim to increase the safety of vulnerable road-users", says Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Trucks. "I strongly feel that every truck driver would like to have this relentless support system on their side when dealing with busy traffic environments."

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.

While the BSW 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. And while the main focus of VRUCW is detecting cyclists and motorbikes, it can also spot pedestrians.

"Trucks form the backbone of urban society – ensuring we all do all we can to promote safety is crucial for everyone," adds Vlaskamp. "Scania believes ADAS systems can make a real difference, assisting drivers to handle some of the most challenging driving environments safely."