Volvo was always pioneer in safety features and now the company announced that they added a new Active Braking feature to the Volvo Enhanced Cruise (VEC). Until now the VEC was stopping the truck only when the Cruise control was on, by activating the engine brake and applying up to one-third of the service brake pressure when a rear-end collision was about to occur.
Thanks to the new upgrade, the Active Braking will dethrottle the engine and apply up to two-thirds of the service brake pressure even when the cruise control is not engaged. This was the system provides automatic braking when a collision is imminent minimizing the possibility of a crash. The system works thanks to a radar sensor which detects if any stationary metal objects are found in front of the truck.
Frank Bio, Volvo Trucks product manager, trucks said: “Active Braking provides valuable situational information and helps professional drivers take preventative measures to avoid hazards. Volvo’s integrated approach to active safety technologoes provides the unique advantage of being able to set the warning hierarchy and present the most important warning or warnings to the driver.”