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Collision prevention system developed for trucks

In a few years, truck drivers in Texas and throughout the country may be able to drive their vehicles with a safety mechanism known as the Evasive Maneuver Assist system. If a tractor-trailer cannot stop in time for an obstacle ahead, the EMA will steer around it.

The EMA was announced by two global components suppliers, ZF and WABCO, on June 28. They say that it is another step toward fully autonomous vehicles. Technology used in WABCO's active braking system and ZF's steering system have been combined for this latest advance. Radar and other sensory data detect a stopped vehicle and the driver receives signals if a collision seems likely.

The EMA kicks in if the driver does not react quickly and the truck detects that the automatic braking system will not be able to engage in time. If the system is unable to steer around the obstacle due to the other lanes being occupied, it will brake as hard as possible. This may not prevent an accident, but it might reduce its severity.

Safety technology that relies on automated systems has developed in leaps and bounds over the past few years. However, many people are still injured in accidents, and these are often the result of another driver's carelessness. Truck drivers may suffer from fatigue after working long hours, and an accident with a truck may result in particularly severe injuries to occupants of other vehicles. If the truck driver is at fault and the insurance company does not offer enough money to cover costs after such an accident, the injured victim might want to file a lawsuit. Both the driver and the company the driver was working for might be named as defendants.

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