Scania AEB System Saves Lives
The Advanced Emergency Braking system (AEB) is part of a safety upgrade for Scania trucks that includes Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. AEB integrates the radar and camera functions of both systems to provide autonomous emergency braking warning and intervention, to prevent two moving vehicles colliding, or the Scania truck running into stationary traffic.
Scania is the first heavy vehicle importer in Asia Pacific to offer (AEB) this new generation safety equipment as standard on high output prime movers with 440bhp or more.
This potentially life-saving technology is now fitted to all stock prime movers destined for regular line-haul and distribution work, with engine outputs of 440bhp and above, across the full P, G and R-series ranges of cabs. The Advanced Emergency Braking system can be specified for the majority of other on-road vehicles in the Scania truck range, where it is not fitted as standard.
The AEB system is able to autonomously slow the truck or bring it to a complete stop, if for some reason the driver fails to respond to circumstances that may lead to a collision. Scania’s AEB is a driver aid only, and does not remove the responsibility from the driver for safe control of his vehicle.
In line with the company’s policy of offering customers tailored specifications, Scania vehicles may still be ordered without AEB, should customers elect not to provide this safety system for their drivers. When activated, the Advanced Emergency Braking system offers three stages of protection:
Initially, when the system detects the possibility of a collision with a vehicle in front, it will sound an acoustic signal and illuminate a red warning light on the dashboard. If the driver does not react, and the risk remains, the AEB system begins to apply the brakes gently. If there is still no response, for instance if the driver has fallen asleep or has been incapacitated, then the AEB system applies the brakes with full force in order to attempt to avoid an impact with a slower moving or stationary vehicle that it has detected.
The driver can interrupt the warnings or braking by pressing the AEB switch on the instrument panel, or by applying the brake pedal, or alternatively if he judges it safer to take positive action, he may apply the accelerator pedal, including activating the kickdown, and steer away to avoid the impact. AEB is active at speeds in excess of 15 km/h.
It is important to note that the Scania Advanced Emergency Braking aid does not adapt to driving conditions or weather.
To see the Scania Advanced Emergency Braking system in action, a demonstration video may be viewed on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1EbyBo9dMY