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More intelligent assistants to support drivers

Berlin, 14 September 2016

66th IAA Commercial Vehicles – even greater safety using electronics and sensors

Today you can’t drive very far without “assistants” in vehicles. Electronic assistance systems are becoming more and more important not only in cars, but also in modern commercial vehicles in particular. At the world’s most important trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover (September 22 to 29, 2016), visitors can obtain an overview of which assistants are already available and which will very soon be making further improvements to the safety and profitability of road traffic.

In vans, alongside the topics of profitability and loading efficiency there is a wide range of assistance systems becoming ever more important. These systems are designed to take burdens off the driver and to avoid accidents or reduce their severity. The portfolio contains systems such as ESP with trailer stabilization, assistants for keeping in lane, correcting for a side wind, backing out of a parking space, maneuvering a trailer, and for headlamp high-beam control, along with automatic proximity control and the multi-collision brake.

In trucks and buses, too, the trend is toward more assistance systems on board. In fact manufacturers and suppliers are working not only on the assistants required by the EU, such as the electronic stability program, lane-departure warning and emergency braking system, but also on additional assistance systems and the optimization of systems that are already available. The combination with camera-based and radar-based systems, plus the integration of other vehicle data, offers even more support to drivers and greater safety for other road users, too. This will also become more and more important in automated driving, and will further increase acceptance of both current and future assistance systems.

For example, in the future the lane departure warning system will not only issue warnings, but will also be able to make gentle steering adjustments if a truck crosses a lane marking. Pedestrians and cyclists in front of or beside the truck will be more easily recognized. The driver will be warned and if he does not react, the vehicle will brake automatically. If a rear-end collision appears imminent, the autonomous braking assistant will not only apply the brakes – with full force if necessary – but the system is also able, together with the steering assistant, to maneuver the semitrailer combination automatically past the hazard. To keep the entire truck combination in the lane, the steering assistant uses the stability systems of both the tractor and the trailer.

The deployment of assistance systems makes driving not only safer, but also brings economic advantages for forwarders and logistics companies. If an accident can be avoided, that means greater safety coupled with cost advantages. The vehicle either does not have to go to workshop, or else for a shorter period, and is available sooner for its next consignments.

The “New Mobility World logistics” shows IAA visitors the various assistance systems in four separate presentations. They include demonstrations of products, services and applications on the “New Mobility World LIVE” demonstration area, the Guided Tours, test drives, and congresses including discussion forums and exhibitions.

The VDA supports the “Industry Week” (September 17 to 25, 2016) organized by the Alliance for the “Future of Industry” with numerous events at the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles, and especially with the “New Mobility World logistics.”

The Alliance for the “Future of Industry” consists of a large number of partners. Alongside the three initiators – the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the industrial trade union IG Metall – the partners in the alliance are the VDA, other industrial and employers’ associations, and trade unions. This concerted alliance aims to coordinate policy-makers, business associations and trade unions in developing common measures that will strengthen industrial competitiveness in Germany.

With its huge numbers of world premieres, topics and specialist events, the IAA – the world’s most important trade show for transport, logistics and mobility – is the ideal place for experiencing the drive for innovation and the future-oriented approach of the commercial vehicle industry.

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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