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Technology for trucks may reduce rear-end collisions

California residents might have heard about the new braking system technology that could help large trucks avoid rear-end collisions. The innovative technology, known as Evasive Maneuver Assist, was created by two truck components suppliers, WABCO and ZF, and was unveiled on June 28. ZF's CEO said the system will be ready for use by 2019 or 2020.

The active steering system combines WABCO'S OnGuard active braking system, which is presently on the market, with the electrohydraulic ReAX steering system by ZF. When installed on tractor-trailers and other large trucks, the EMA system has the ability to sense a vehicle that is stopped ahead of the truck and will set off audio, haptic and visual signals if a rear-end collision is likely about to happen.

If the driver fails to act in time to avoid the collision, then the system will steer the truck around the stopped car to keep the truck from rear-ending it. In the event the lanes are occupied by other vehicles, the system will revert to applying the truck's brakes as hard as possible to avoid the collision or alleviate its impact.

Truck accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles, in large part because of the sheer size and weight of big rigs. When a collision occurs and it can be determined that it was caused by a distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent truck driver, the assistance of legal counsel may be advisable when an injured victim is seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses.

Source: Overdrive Online, "New collision mitigation system can take over truck's steering to evade rear-end crashes", James Jaillet, June 29, 2016

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