Volvo Truck Drivers Take Part in Major Safety Study

The EuroFOT (European Field Operational Test) project is looking to gather information on how truck drivers behave in various traffic situation and how is this assisted by the truck's on-board safety systems. Drivers from the UK and Netherlands were asked to participate in this study, with a total of 30 Volvo trucks involved in the process.

The drivers will be filmed during regular daily operations, while certain vehicle signals will also be logged. The study will last for one year, during which five cameras placed in each truck will record everything that takes place in and around the vehicle.

"This project enables us to register in detail potentially dangerous situations. It also allows us to evaluate the benefits of our new accident prevention safety systems and build up a substantial bank of know-how for the development of new systems,"
Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks, said in a release.

The evaluation system is configured to be triggered by specific parameters, such as harsh braking, irregular eye movements or anything else that indicates a change in the traffic or inside the cab.

"By analysing driver eye movements, we can, for instance, learn more about what distracts drivers and how this influences safety,"
explains Almqvist.

The trucks involved in the tests will all be equipped with Volvo Trucks' active safety systems, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Support, Lane Change Support, Electronic Brake System, Electronic Stability Program and Driver Alert Support.

The five cameras inside each truck will be placed as follows:
  • One faces ahead and films the driver's view in the direction of travel.
  • One covers the driver's blind spot on the passenger side.
  • One films the driver's right foot.
  • One is installed inside the A-column and films the driver's behaviour.
  • One is directed at the driver's face and registers his/her eye movements.
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