Volvo’s new auto brake technology
Volvo Buses has introduced a forward collision warning and emergency braking system. The Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking functionality automatically applies full brakes to the bus if a collision with a vehicle in front is imminent and the driver does not react to the initial warning. The solution is due to become available on Volvo coaches in 2015. The technology uses radar and a camera to detect vehicles in front. If a collision is imminent, the driver gets a visual and an audible warning. If the driver doesn’t react to the warning, a pre-brake is activated automatically followed by full braking power. The technology is part of the Volvo Driver Support System. It also includes an Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically keeps a set distance to the vehicle in front and a Lane Keeping Support System, which warns the driver if the coach is about to cross a lane marking unintentionally.