Autonomous driving technologies were featured at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s 2014 World Congress in Detroit recently, and the Peterbilt Model 579 concept truck was used to demonstrate the new system.
Technologies used by the Model 579 include:
Radar-based adaptive cruise control that automatically accelerates and decelerates to maintain safe following distances.
Lane departure warning systems, which use cameras to detect land edges and striping and alert the driver if the vehicle is drifting outside of its lane.
GPS system to add features such as last mile routing, parking assist and new driver proficiency.
“Heavy-duty trucks are an ideal platform for automated operation because, compared to motorists, commercial vehicles travel a majority of their miles on modern highways, at constant speeds and for extended periods of time,” said Bill Kahn, Peterbilt Principal Engineer and Manager of Advance Concepts, in a press release.
According to Peterbilt, vehicles equipped with autonomous technology complements, rather than replaces, the driver.
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s 2014 World Congress is held in the United States every three years and rotates between Europe and Asia.
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