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New technology to make trucks safer

Big rig drivers on California highways may have safer vehicles available based on a new safety mechanism that was announced by its developers on June 28. Components suppliers WABCO and ZF have worked together to create an Evasive Maneuver Assist system that is yet another step closer to making vehicles fully autonomous.

WABCO developed the OnGuard active braking system several years ago, and the new system combines its properties with those of the electrohydraulic ReAx steering system developed by RAX. The EMA system can both steer around a stopped obstacle it detects in the road ahead and can brake if it detects that avoiding the obstacle is impossible due to other cars in the road around the truck. Even if the braking does not prevent the crash, it might make it much less severe.

The system uses radar and other sensors to detect the presence of other vehicles. It is expected that the trucks will be available by 2019 or 2020.

Safety technology is an important component in preventing accidents. Many truck accidents happen because of drivers who are careless or suffering from fatigue, and automatic braking or steering can help a vehicle avoid or mitigate an accident. However, driver error remains a significant factor in many serious truck accidents. People who are injured in an accident due to a truck driver's negligence might want to speak to an attorney. If the driver's or company's insurer offers an inadequate settlement amount, it may then be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable amounts.

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