Scania sets its sights on safety

Scania has introduced two new side detection systems designed to improve safety.

Working in harmony, the Blind Spot Warning system and passenger side Vulnerable Road User Collision Warning, help avoid or mitigate scenarios where trucks may come into contact with other road users.

Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Trucks, said, “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.”

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