Penske brand Western Star Trucks is confident that owner-drivers and fleet owners alike will look favourably upon the new Mobileye 6 Series collision avoidance system it has introduced for its 4700 through 6900 truck models. (Western Star also sells a 2800 model.) Dale Christensen, a Western Star Trucks brand manager, says the solution gives drivers audible and visual alerts concerning potential hazards, and driver performance typically improves as drivers grow used to such alerts. “For example, global studies have shown that collision avoidance systems, like Mobileye, could reduce rear-end collisions by up to 80%,” he says.
The Mobileye 6 Series solution uses both a forward-facing camera and EyeWatch dash display. The former continually monitors the road looking for potential hazards, for which it issues audible and visual alerts are given to the driver. The latter delivers the visual alerts. Alerts include pedestrian and cyclist collision warnings, headway monitoring and tailgating warnings, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and a speed limit indicator. Another benefit of the solution besides reducing collisions and their related costs and downtime is it also makes training data available to operators when integrating Mobileye into third-party telematics or fleet-management systems.
Now Through July
Western Star is making the Mobileye solution available as a retrofit for models from 2011 on or as a dealership-installed option for new trucks. Western Star reports that it is waiving the installation fee on purchases made through July’s end.
Mobileye is an Intel company whose computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization, and mapping technologies for autonomous driving systems and advanced driver assistance systems are used in vehicles from BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, General Motors, and other leading car companies. Overall, more than 50 million vehicles utilise Mobileye technology, the company claims.