Knorr-Bremse TruckServices and Mobileye enter into strategic partnership

4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 5, 2019

Knorr-Bremse TruckServices, aftermarket specialist of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicles Systems, and Intel company Mobileye, a leading global manufacturer of accident prevention and autonomous driving technologies, are jointly launching a retrofittable turning assistant with integrated driver assistance systems for heavy commercial vehicles. This is intended to avoid accidents, especially when turning to the right, such as at city intersections.

In recent years, public attention has become increasingly focused on the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in road traffic. The European Commission has recently set the goal that in the coming years, all trucks and buses will be equipped with driver assistance systems that detect pedestrians and cyclists in the immediate vicinity of vehicles and warn drivers of potential collisions.

From 2022 on, new truck and bus models released in the European Union will need to be equipped with a turning assistant system and from 2024 this will apply to all new registrations of trucks and buses. In collaboration with Mobileye, from the northern autumn 2019, Knorr-Bremse TruckServices is offering the new turning assistant with integrated driver assistance systems ProFleet Assist+ as retrofit solution. In addition, the companies plan to further intensify their cooperation in the future and to provide their customers with additional traffic safety products.

The jointly offered driver assistance system offers features such as lane departure warning, headway monitoring and warning and forward collision warning, as well as a turning assistant that alerts the driver when cornering on road users in the blind spot. It consists of vehicle-mounted cameras (Vision Sensor) and intelligent real-time data calculation. This provides significantly more reliable results than comparable ultrasonic or radar solutions. ProFleet Assist+ is solely designed as a warning system and does not actively intervene in vehicle control. As a result, subsequent integration into existing vehicles or fleets is easily possible. The product is also available without the turn assist function, consisting only of a forward facing camera and driver assistance functions such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

“Major accident areas can be defused,” said Alexander Wagner, vice president aftermarket EMEA of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems. “The system that we will offer in cooperation with Mobileye on the European market is an excellent opportunity to take action long before the turning assistant systems will be mandatory for new commercial vehicles in the European Union.”

Mobileye‘s Intelligent Mobility Solutions Division vice president and deputy general manager Lior Sethon said Mobileye‘s long-term goal is to increase road safety.

“The partnership with Knorr-Bremse TruckServices gives us the opportunity to make our world-leading accident prevention technology available to a broader market. Our cooperation combines solution know-how, service capacities and partner networks, all brought together to help reduce traffic accidents and help save lives.”

Lior Sethon, vice president and deputy general manager of Mobileye’s Intelligent Mobility Solutions Division and Alexander Wagner, vice president aftermarket EMEA of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems.