Louisiana motorists will likely appreciate the new collision mitigation system that helps truck drivers avoid rear-end collisions. ZF and WABCO are two global truck parts suppliers that are developing collision avoidance technology, known as the Evasive Maneuver Assist system. This system improves upon existing braking technology by giving the vehicle the ability to maneuver itself around a stopped truck.
The EMA technology is designed to help prevent or reduce the severity of unavoidable rear-end collisions in cases where the truck driver is not able to brake quickly enough to avoid a stopped car. This technology has been heralded as a crucial development inautonomous vehicle technology. ZF's CEO has said that the technology should be available within three to four years.
EMA technology combines ZF's electrohydraulic ReAX technology and WABCO's OnGuard braking system. It uses sensory data to detect other vehicles on the road and determine that a vehicle is stopped. EMA can also provide audio and video monitoring to the driver if it senses an upcoming collision. If the driver fails to take action soon enough, the vehicle's EMA technology will step in and take control of the steering system in an attempt to safely avoid the crash. If nearby lanes are occupied by other vehicles, the car will brake to avoid or reduce the severity of impact.
EMA technology could mean a reduction in big rig accident injuries and fatalities, but truck crashes involving some measure of driver error will continue to take place. Someone who has been injured in a trucking accident caused by a distracted or sleep-deprived driver may want to have legal assistance in pursuing compensation for the losses that have been sustained.