“We are delighted to have received this contract extension stemming from a great vote of confidence in Iteris’ technology, our engineering capabilities, and our product support capabilities,” said Abbas Mohaddes, president & CEO of Iteris. “With this extension, DAF becomes the third major European OEM to choose Iteris as its LDW supplier since the beginning of the year. I believe this extension, in addition to extensions we have received from Scania and MAN, positions us as a market leader in preparation for the EU mandate of active safety for commercial vehicles in 2013 and 2015.”
The extension runs through 2015 and will carry through the initial phase-in period of the European Union’s (EU) mandate for active safety systems.
The LDW systems will be a factory-installed option on all DAF trucks. They warn a driver if a vehicle unintentionally cross the lane markings on the road. By monitoring steering wheel movement, the system can also discern between intentional lane positioning as opposed to drifting caused by inattention, Iteris said.
The EU will begin phasing in “active safety” measures beginning next year. The phase-in period will continue until full implementation in 2020. Among the measures that will required are:
- Mandatory electronic stability control (for cars, buses and trucks to reduce the risk of destabilizing or rolling)
- Mandatory lane departure warning systems (for trucks and buses)
- Mandatory automatic emergency braking systems (for trucks and buses)
- Mandatory seat belt reminders (cars and trucks)
- Mandatory speed limiters for light commercial vehicles/vans (already in place for trucks)
- For electric vehicles, the Commission will bring forward a package of concrete measures setting technical standards for safety.
- The Commission will examine the possibility of extending the implementation of advanced Driver Assistance Systems, such as anti- collision warnings by retrofitting them to commercial and or private vehicles
- Since 2003, EU legislation has been strengthened to reduce injury risk for vulnerable groups such as pedestrians, cyclists e.g. through mandating energy absorbing car fronts and, blind spot mirrors. Further technical actions in this area will need to be examined.