Operating trucks safely and keeping drivers comfortable over the long haul are key for any efficient, productive fleet. The standard features of Detroit Assurance® with Active Brake Assist 5 are designed to do just that, and more. They make safety smart, simple – and even second-nature.
Available in 2022, Brake Hold Mode improves driver comfort when the truck is stopped in traffic, at a weigh scale or at a loading dock by keeping the truck at a stop and allowing the driver to remove their foot from the brake pedal. It also improves safety by preventing the brakes from deactivating if the driver’s foot slips from the pedal while the truck is at rest.
The driver can activate Brake Hold Mode by stopping the truck and then pressing the brake pedal down farther. After it is engaged, Brake Hold Mode will set the brakes at the pressure the driver last exerted on the pedal and will display a visual notification in the dash. Once the driver presses on the accelerator, Brake Hold Mode will automatically deactivate.
Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA5) utilizes always-on, fused radar and camera technology to monitor the road ahead. It’s designed to mitigate potential collisions by automatically calculating the truck’s speed and distance to other vehicles to determine if a warning or braking action is necessary.
Now more than ever, distracted pedestrians are everywhere. Full Braking on Moving Pedestrian is designed to keep everyone safer. Utilizing the Cascadia’s fused radar and camera, this feature first issues audible and visible warnings to alert the driver as well as simultaneous partial braking. If the driver does not react, full braking will occur.
Full Braking on Moving and Stationary Vehicles is designed to identify and avoid moving or stationary vehicles in the truck’s path. When the system detects a potential obstacle, it issues audio and visual warnings as well as partial and full braking if necessary.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to 0 MPH automatically adjusts a truck’s cruising speed to maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles, which enables drivers to stay in cruise control longer and experience less fatigue throughout the day.
ACC works in stop-and-go traffic, too. When the vehicle in front begins to slow, even to a stop, then the truck will stop and hold its brakes. If the stop is less than two seconds, the truck will automatically keep moving when the driver lets their foot off the brake. If the stop is longer, the driver can easily resume motion by engaging the throttle or pushing set/resume.
Independent of ABA 5 and ACC, Tailgate Warning is a tailgate detection system that’s designed to help keep a truck at a safe distance while following the vehicles ahead. This feature will activate if the below criteria are met for 10 seconds or longer:
Once activated, Tailgate Warning will deactivate only when the truck reduces its speed to less than 20 miles per hour. Remaining in Tailgate Warning mode for 10 seconds or longer will make the event reportable via J1939 to the selected telematics system.
A lane departure warning system is a first line of defense in keeping trucks safer. The Lane Departure Warning feature of Detroit Assurance issues two simultaneous alerts when a driver crosses the lane marker without using a turn signal: an audio alert on the side of the truck that crosses into the next lane as well as a visual warning in the instrument panel.
Using the camera to read speed limit and other traffic signs in real time, Traffic Sign Display conveniently shows all relevant sign information in the instrument cluster. This feature can display two signs at the same time.
The Cascadia’s rain/light sensor can detect precipitation on the windshield as well as low-light situations. When wiper controls are set to the auto position and it starts to rain or snow, the sensor will turn the wipers on. When the precipitation stops, the sensor will turn wipers off. When the headlight switch is set to auto and the sensor detects low light, the headlights will turn on. When lighting conditions improve, the headlights will turn off.
Setting the headlight switch to auto high beam gives the driver one less thing to think about on the road.
When the camera detects the headlights or tail lights of another vehicle – or even city lights up ahead – it automatically switches to low beams. Once the vehicle or city lights are out of sight, high beams switch back on.
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