MUNICH – With its retrofittable turning assistant Pro-Fleet Assist+, powered by Mobileye®, Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking systems and other rail and commercial vehicle systems, is making another effective contribution to greater traffic safety in Europe.
ProFleet Assist+, which features integrated assistance systems, is a joint offering from Knorr-Bremse TruckServices and Intel company Mobileye, a global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization, and mapping technologies for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving solutions.
“With our new retrofittable turning assistant, we aim to increase road safety for all road users and reduce situations with a high risk of accidents. ProFleet Assist+ combines proven technology from Mobileye with Knorr-Bremse’s know-how in the development of safety-critical products for major OEM and aftermarket customers,” said Wolfgang Krinner, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems. “The advantage of Pro-Fleet Assist+ for fleet operators is that they can retrofit the system to their existing fleets and thus don’t need to purchase new vehicles to benefit from the technology.”
ProFleet Assist+ is a camera-based system which analyzes visual data from the vehicle’s environment in real-time. This analysis uses sophisticated computer-vision algorithms which have been designed to detect vulnerable road users.
The software can determine, for example, if the object detected alongside the vehicle is a cyclist heading for the next intersection.
Key features of the system include the side-mounted cameras that monitor the vehicle’s danger zone when it is about to make a turn – the ‘blind spot’ – thereby allowing the system to warn the driver when a critical situation is identified. The warnings from the turning assistant appear on a side display in the cab which is optimally positioned in the driver’s field of vision when making a turn.
This advanced technology helps detect potential dangers in real time and thus minimizes the risk of accidents. The turning assistant technology also helps to boost drivers’ awareness of critical traffic situations, helping them to improve their driving style. As such, ProFleet Assist+ represents another important step towards Knorr-Bremse’s vision of “Zero Accidents” on the roads.
Along with the turning assistant, ProFleet Assist+ offers five additional assistance functions that ease the strain on the driver. These include Forward Collision Warning, which warns drivers when there is an imminent risk of collision, be it on highways or in urban areas, and Lane Departure Warning, which provides visual and audio warnings when the vehicle leaves its lane unintentionally, e.g. without the driver having activated the turn indicator.
The system also includes Traffic Sign Recognition, which for example alerts drivers when they exceed the speed limit, as well as Headway Monitoring and Warning, and a Pedestrian Collision Warning function.
This last function is optimized to detect pedestrians and cyclists in the path of the vehicle and can distinguish them from stationary objects. The driver is alerted to critical situations by visual and acoustic signals, giving the driver sufficient time to respond adequately to the situation.
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