The use of assistance systems not only makes driving safer, it also results in economic benefits for operators and logistics companies. Driver assistance systems contributes significantly to lowering traffic accidents. If an accident can be avoided, it results in more safety and cost advantages. The vehicle down time due to repairs in the workshop are shorter and the vehicle is available more quickly for transport tasks. The number of driver assistance systems has therefore increased continuously in recent years.
Another example of an important assistance system is the emergency brake assistant. In the past reports of serious truck accidents at the end of traffic jams are common. These rear-end collisions are often very serious. For this reason, the legislature stipulated the mandatory equipment of automatic emergency brake assistants for trucks.
The adaptive cruise control automatically controls the speed of the truck and the distance to the traffic ahead. The system keeps a speed set by the driver constant or adjusts it to the changing traffic conditions by automatic acceleration or braking. In traffic jams or slow traffic, the adaptive cruise control brakes the vehicle to a standstill.
The emergency brake assistant is required by law. Emergency braking is the last step in a series of measures to prevent a rear-end collision or at least to minimize the consequences. The emergency braking assistant (AEBS - Advanced Emergency Braking System) actively supports the driver in performing a real brake maneuver. Supported by sensors (e.g. high-frequency radar), the system measures the distance and the differential speed from a vehicle in front. The system recognizes a serious risk in a rear-end collision and warns the driver when necessary. In the first step, the driver is informed of this by an audible warning and a message on the central display. If necessary, the emergency brake assistant can automatically apply the brakes to avoid a possible collision. Even in the event of a rear-end collision, this can at least reduce the severity of the impact and thus the risk of injury to everyone involved.
In any case, the emergency brake assistant helps to avoid or mitigate collisions and significantly reduce the risk of injury.