Electrostatic sensor solutions

for blind spot collision avoidance

Every fatal or serious crash on our roads is a personal tragedy

Violeta Bulc

Commissioner for transport

Representing only 3% of the traffic on EU roads, commercial vehicles are disproportionately represented in fatal accidents involving vulnerable road users.

The problem lies mainly in the blind spots alongside the vehicle, which render cyclists and pedestrians often invisible to the truck driver.

According to the German Insurance Association (GDV) half of all accidents between trucks and vulnerable road users would be avoidable with blind spot collision avoidance systems, which could cut the number of attendant fatalities by 31,4%, and the number of severely injured accident victims by 43,5%.

Focus on

urban driving

Driver assistance systems already contribute to the safety on highways and main roads, and industry redirected its development efforts towards the significantly bigger challenges posed by city driving.

Urban mobility is highly complex and brings with it specific danger situations. New sensor technologies should take particular care of cyclists, the movements of which often are erratic and whose slim silhouettes can be difficult to discern in dense city traffic.  Surround sensors conceptually ease this situation by detecting cyclists not only ahead of the vehicle but also alongside.

%

of all cycling fatalities involving trucks occur in urban areas.

European cyclists and pedestrians were killed last year in blind spot collisions with trucks.

%

of vulnerable road users involved in blind spot accidents are killed or seriously injured.

Mirrors, mirrors, …

and more mirrors

A long history of misunderstanding
and unrealized expectation

Too long, EU policy makers have focused on improving indirect vision of trucks by means of mirrors and cameras in an attempt to reduce the number of blind spot casualties.

During complex manoeuvres, however, it is virtually impossible for a truck driver to keep at all times a correct and complete overview on the position of all road users in the vicinity of his vehicle.

Our solution

A ground-breaking concept pioneers city safety with the truck industry’s broadest field-of-view sensor

Active Sideguard is the first collision avoidance system utilizing electrostatic sensing technology to help protect pedestrians and cyclists concealed in the vehicle’s lateral blindside during right turning manoeuvres.

Virtually maintenance free, Active Sideguard essentially consists of a sensor strip, mounted just behind the front wheel on the co-driver´s side of the vehicle.

Ubiquitous

sensing

Instead of being line-of-sight, such as RADAR, LiDAR or ultrasound, eXia sensors provide full spatial coverage.

Measuring the near-field interaction of an obstacle with a low-frequency electric field, eXia’s unique electrostatic sensor technology is showcasing an industry-leading ultra-wide detection field, reaching down to road level to capture obstacles of various height.

Provides a unique feature to discriminate human presence solely on the basis of material composition (unlocked feature).

eXia present at “We are transport”

eXia present at “We are transport”

Brussels, June 1-3, 2018

In cooperation with Renault Trucks Belgium & Luxembourg, eXia Belgium presents its Active Sideguard blind spot sensor system at the renewed trade fair ‘We Are Transport’ at Brussels Expo from June 1−3, 2018.

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EU imposes new road safety technology

EU imposes new road safety technology

Brussels, May 17th, 2018

The Commission is proposing that from 2020 on, all new models of vehicles are equipped with advanced safety features, including pedestrian and cyclists’ detection systems for trucks and buses

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