Detroit Adds Braking To Side Guard Assist

Detroit Adds Braking To Side Guard Assist

When it comes to improving vehicle safety, especially trucks, Detroit has been a dominant force and an industry leader.

The company invests millions of dollars every year in R&D (research & development) for advanced driver assistance systems, providing increased assistance in work and safety for road users, particularly the most vulnerable ones.

The most recent technology from Detroit is the Active Side Guard Assist, with an automatic braking function to enhance safety on low-speed turns.

Read on to know more about how Detroit ASGA works.

Drivers Need Effective Collision-Warning When Changing Lanes Or Turning

Being on the road driving heavy trucks such as Western Star or Freightliner Cascadia in the city traffic isn’t easy. A lot can go wrong at busy intersections and narrow streets, even for the most professional truck drivers.

Not only do truck drivers have to watch out for traffic lights, cross, and oncoming traffic, but they also must be wary of cyclists and pedestrians at every corner.

Pulling away, changing lanes, or turning trucks isn’t for the faint of heart, especially if there’s heavy traffic. A moment’s neglect can turn fatal for pedestrians and cyclists.

Detroit Active Side Guard Assist is a viable solution to these prevalent problems.

The Active Side Guard Assist (ASGA) can detect the most vulnerable users and can effortlessly warn truck drivers using audible and visual signals. It provides increased safety by preventing dangerous situations or minimizing the impact of accidents.

Enhanced Safety For Weak Road Users: How Active Side Guard Assist Works

Detroit’s Active Side Guard Assist offers support through two-stage warning systems to mitigate risky traffic scenarios automatically.

Two close-range proximity sensors monitor the codriver’s side over the vehicle length, including the truck and surrounding objects within the environment.

Available for right-hand and left-hand drive vehicles, the ASGA system constantly monitors the codriver’s side (right-hand side) of the trailer and vice versa.

The system immediately warns the driver when it detects objects or persons moving into the risky ‘danger’ zone. During this early warning, a yellow warning lamp (yellow triangle) lit up in an “A-pillar” of the codriver’s side, instantly directing the truck driver’s attention.

The yellow triangle goes off after a certain period when the object or a person stops moving inside the trailer’s monitoring zone.

However, if there’s an immediate collision risk or the driver makes the right-hand turn after the early warning, the system alerts the driver further.

In this warning phase, a red warning lamp (red triangle) lit up in an “A-pillar,” and a loud “beeping” sound from a speaker on the codriver’s door starts, engaging brakes automatically and keeping the weakest users safe from critical situations.

Unlike the latest Detroit ASGA system, the SGA (Side Guard Assist) system only detected and warned drivers of pedestrians and other moving objects along the trailer’s passenger side. The system lacked an automatic braking feature.

Detroit Active Side Guard Assist (ASGA) Provides Increased Assistance In Various Traffic Maneuvers

Listed below are the traffic maneuvers where Detroit’s ASGA offers improved assistance:

  • Pulling away
  • Changing lanes
  • Driving at low-speeds
  • Turning with moving objects or persons
  • Turning with stationery objects or persons inside the monitoring zone
  • At standstills; for instance, when you need assistance with unloading and loading procedures

Drive Hassle-Free With The New Active Brake-Assist System

Detroit’s latest addition, Active Side Guard Assist (ASGA), not only warns truck drivers of moving cyclists or pedestrians on the codriver’s side but also starts automated braking maneuvers at speeds under 12 mph, bringing the trailer to a halt should a driver overlook warning tones.

It helps improve vehicle safety at intersections, freight terminals, and truck yards. With Detroit’s ASGA system, you can considerably reduce serious injuries, even deaths, from accidents when trailers turn.