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Detroit adds active side guard assist to safety suite

May 19, 2022
The feature is an option on Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star trucks equipped with Detroit Assurance with ABA 5, including the new eCascadia.

Detroit has added active side guard assist (ASGA) to the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems to improve safety in low-speed, passenger-side turns.

Planned for production beginning Sept. 1, ASGA detects moving objects in the path of a right-hand turn at speeds below 12 mph and applies the brakes, which will help improve safety at intersections and in truck yards and freight terminals.

Detroit Assurance with Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5) uses always-on, fused radar and camera technology to monitor the road and mitigate potential collisions.

“Detroit Assurance with ABA 5 is the most comprehensive suite of safety systems available in the industry and we are constantly looking for ways to make it even better,” said Mary Aufdemberg, general manager of product strategy and market development. “By alerting drivers to blind-spot hazards and braking to mitigate collisions, Active Side Guard Assist adds another layer of protection for drivers and the public.”

The side guard assist option was originally launched in 2020 to detect and warn the driver of moving objects along the length of the passenger side of the truck but does not provide braking. With ASGA, when the side-mounted radar detects a moving object, such as a pedestrian or bicyclist, along the length of the passenger side of the tractor, the driver receives a yellow warning triangle on the right side A-pillar. If the driver sets a right-hand turn signal or begins a right-hand turn, the yellow warning triangle turns red, an audible alarm sounds, and braking engages.

ASGA is an option on Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star trucks equipped with Detroit Assurance with ABA 5, including the newly released Freightliner eCascadia. Detroit Assurance with ABA 5 is the industry’s most comprehensive suite of safety systems and includes features such as active speed intervention, ABA 5, brake hold mode, adaptive cruise control to 0 mph, active lane assist, and others.  

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