Cyclists vs. Trucks: That's been an unequal fight for years, like David versus Goliath. But unlike in the Bible, the cyclists are often on the loose in road traffic when the Brummi driver overlooks them. Turn-off assistance systems could turn the tables over and save cyclists' lives. For new trucks in Europe, however, they will become mandatory from 2022 at the earliest. In Germany, they should as far as possible be installed today. The ADAC has now taken several available systems under the microscope.

Turning assistance systems with different technologies were investigated in the ADAC test: EDEKA / Wllhorst Fahrzeugbau, Mobileye – Shield +, MEKRA Lang – AAS and LUIS Technology. The costs for the systems vary between 760 and 2,650 euros with a workload for the installation of up to six hours.

Conclusion: Although each of the assistants was able to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Ministry of Transport, the more demanding requirements at the international level, no candidate for the test could meet. The MEKRA Lang Mobileye or LUIS wizards, which can distinguish cyclists from traffic signs, traffic lights or trees, caused a small number of false positives in the test.

Although the high accident risk of the blind spot has long been known, there is currently no obligation to equip trucks with turn-off assistants. Therefore, the ADAC expressly welcomed that the BMVI created the "action turn-off assistant". The aim of the campaign is to persuade companies and freight forwarders to install their own fleets as quickly as possible with suitable assistance systems.

Linked to the campaign is a subsidy program, which supports the voluntary supplement of five million euros in 2019 – and was already exhausted after five days. The following types of systems are supported according to the requirements of the conveyor program: Ultrasonic systems with camera-monitor system (KMS), radar systems even without KMS and sensor-optical systems ("intelligent" cameras), also without KMS.

The article "ADAC-Test: So good are turning assistance systems" was published on 25.04.2019 in the category News by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Truck, Assistance system, Traffic safety, Test, News, released.

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With the Kangei special models Mazda offers for the SUV CX-3 and CX-5 exclusive features such as a subtly upgraded appearance and even more practical technical helpers in series.

"Kangei" stands in Japanese for a warm welcome – the car maker shows so already with the name of the special models that customers should feel particularly well cared for. Accordingly, the CX-3 Kangei also features reddish-brown nappa leather trim, white décor elements and the Mazda SD navigation system with smartphone integration via Apple Carplay and Android Auto. As drive variants, the two petrol engines Skyactiv-G 121 and Skyactiv-G 150 are available, optionally with automatic transmission. The stronger engine is exclusively to have four-wheel drive.

The CX-5 Kangei features features such as the electric tailgate, the 360-degree monitor with rear view camera, the head-up display with traffic sign recognition, the City Emergency Brake Assist Plus (SCBS-R) and the Mdigkeitserkennung. 19-inch alloy wheels provide a visual enhancement, the smaller brother are mounted 18-inch wheels.

Under the bonnet stuck either the diesel engines Skyactiv-D 150 with 110 kW / 150 hp, which is available with 6-speed manual or six-speed automatic and optional four-wheel drive, the Skyactiv-G 165 with 121 kW / 165 hp and the top – Power plant Skyactiv-G 194 with 143 kW / 194 hp. The latter is standardly supplied with six-speed automatic transmission and the i-Eloop system for braking energy recovery. A cylinder deactivation is also on board.

The article "Mazda welcomes you" was published on 25.04.2019 in the category News by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Car, SUV, Special Edition, Assistance System, Presentation, released.

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Parents know these stressful moments only too well. The offspring cheerfully pushes the cart through the supermarket or over the parking lot. And then it crashes.

Such situations occurred to Ford engineers when they developed the prototype of a self-braking shopping cart. In the implementation of the "pre-collision Assist" was used with Fugnger and bicycle detection by Ford. The system can detect people crossing the path of their own car on foot or on a bicycle.

Transferred to the trolley in the supermarket this means: If a sensor identifies persons or objects such as shelves and vehicles in the parking lot that are in its way, the system automatically brakes the shopping trolley to a standstill.

"Technologies like pre-collision assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection can help our customers avoid accidents or at least mitigate the effects of a collision," said Anthony Ireson, director of marketing communications at Ford Europe. "We thought it would be a great way to show how this principle translates to a shopping cart."

The item "A shopping cart with brake sensor" was added on April 24, 2013 in the category Novelties of Rudolf Huber with the keywordsMobility, assistance system, children, novelty, presentation,published.

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They have long been cars, and some already have trucks: assistance systems for more active road safety. Now scientists are researching a counterpart for bicycles and helmets.

A section called "Distributed Embedded Systems" of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn are developing assistance systems in the "Safety4Bikes" research project with seven partners from science and industry to make cycling safer in the future.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of cyclists who are injured or killed every year in Germany in a traffic accident has been constant for years. In 2018 432 cyclists died. In 2017, there were 382 and more than 79,000 were injured. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Falko Dressler, Jun. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Sommer and a team want to counteract this.

"Together with our partners, we are developing a set of modular assistance systems for cyclists," says Dressler. "These systems will eventually work together to increase road safety." The assistance systems are to detect imminent dangers on the basis of the respective traffic situation, to warn cyclists and motorists and to point out the correct behavior.

At "Safety4Bikes", computer scientists, engineers, sociologists, manufacturers of bicycles and bicycle helmets, traffic psychologists and sensor technologists work together.

With "Safety4Bikes" different software and hardware systems are designed and designed directly for the bike and the helmet, so that the cyclists are not distracted from the traffic. The scientists from Paderborn are developing a communication device that allows bicycles to interact with cars and trucks or other bicycles in a standard-compliant manner.

"This allows a bicycle to warn a car, for example in the event of a potential or acute danger situation," says Dressler. However, a prerequisite is that the car also has appropriate technology.

The item "Assistenzsystem fürs Fahrrad" was added on Mar 29, 2014 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keyword Bicycle, assistance system, security, research, news, released.

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Mazda has given the SUV CX-5 for 2019 an update: Advanced standard safety equipment, chic interior and an improved handling included.

Among the innovations is among other things that the 2.5-liter Skyactiv G 194 is available for model year 2019 in conjunction with front-wheel drive. '

Another novelty in 2019: the Sports Line Plus package with ventilated brown nappa leather seats, black headlining, real wood inserts, chrome trim and exclusive high-gloss finish for the 19-inch wheels. Also the TFT color display, which is placed in the highest equipment line Sports-Line in the middle of the instrument cluster, belongs to the update. From the center-line equipment, the Mazda CX-5 offers a standard smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As a delicacy with price advantage Mazda offers the special model CX-5 Kangei, which includes electric tailgate, 19-inch alloy wheels with 225/55 R19 tires, sat nav and with 360-degree rear-view camera, head-up display with traffic sign recognition, City Emergency Brake Assist Plus and fatigue detection is equipped.

The item "Mazda equips the CX-5" was added on March 14, 2017 in the category Novelties by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Car, SUV, Assistance system, Special model, Presentation, released.

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In the future, Sportage drivers will be able to form a "Dream Team" with their compact SUV – because from now on the special model of the same name will be available. Up to 1,400 euros can be saved, according to Kia.

The special model is powered by the 97 kW / 132 hp 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection engine and drives with front-wheel drive. The unit complies with the Euro 6d-Temp standard and is equipped with a petrol filter and start-stop system.

The Sportage 1.6 GDI Dream Team Edition costs at least 26,390 euros. Optionally available: the "Premium +" package with leather upholstery, electric seat adjustment and premium sound system from JBL.

The Dream Team Edition includes a standard 7-inch map navigation, the connection of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, heated seats front and rear for the two outer seats, heated leather steering wheel and mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, LED Daytime running lights, LED taillights, dark tinted windows from B-pillar and roof rails. Also on board are, inter alia, a cruise control, rear view camera, twilight sensor, high beam assistant, rain sensor and parking sensors behind and the well-known Kia 7-year warranty.

The item "Special model for the Kia-Dream Team" was added on March 12, 2013 in the category Novelties by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Car, SUV, Special Edition, Assistance System, Presentation, released.

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The former Volvo boss Gunnar Engellau lost a family member by a traffic accident. The terrible experience induced the CEO of the Swedish automaker to hire a renowned engineer: Nils Bohlin (1920-2002). The specialist for aircraft and ejector seats then invented a new buckle system – the proven three-point belt – exactly 60 years ago. Worlds separate cars of the 1950s from today's models. This is especially true for safety standards. In occupant protection, the three-point belt can be considered a milestone.

The first model with a modern seatbelt was the Volvo PV 544 – known as the "Hump Volvo" – the starting point of a safety-related evolution that continues. Millions of lives have so far been saved by modern belts. It was followed by other pioneering inventions such as the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Brake Assist.

The cars of the 1960s were often not equipped with the Swedish patent, since most models did not have the appropriate device. The pioneer was Sweden, which was renowned for its high safety standards, and as early as 1961 77 percent of newly registered vehicles were equipped with three-point belts.

The special feature of the new seat belt system is that it increases the safety of the occupants in all accident scenarios – in the front seats as well as in the back seat. In addition to the protective effect of frontal collisions, the belt also prevents inmates from being thrown out of the vehicle during a rollover.

Crucial for the effect of the three-point belt is the fact that this fixes the passenger in his seat, explains belt pioneer Volvo. 75 percent of those ejected from the vehicle in an accident would not survive. Overall, the belt reduces the risk of serious or fatal injuries in traffic accidents by around 50 percent.

In some regions, such as the Russian island of Sakhalin, the usage rate of the belt is expected to be just four percent. The highest rates are recorded in modern industrialized nations such as France, Germany, Sweden, Australia and Canada, where drivers and co-drivers are over 90 per cent and passengers in the backseat almost 90 per cent.

Since the beginning of 1974, all new cars in Germany have been equipped as standard with three-point seat belts. The mid reported in 1974. "This government-decreed measure finds certainly deaf ears with belt opponents." The only question is: how much longer. "Because of the car insurers are in connection with the occupational accident insurance increases in power contemplated for the cases in which it was despite belt attached to personal injury." With which one wants to exert an indirect compulsion to put on the belt The Federal Government plans incidentally from June 1976 a seat belt. "

In 1977, Bohlin himself spoke up and discussed in a paper the advantages of the three-point belt: "Lap / pelvis and chest are the strongest areas of the body, which should be claimed by the belt," writes Bohlin. More sensitive areas such as the abdomen, on the other hand, should be spared in the event of a hard impact with the safety strands. Through the three-point belt, the strongest forces would act on the least vulnerable zones of the human body.

Safety technology number one, of course, remains the brake. And full braking can already put a strain on the strapped-on body – not to mention the rear-end collision. But because brakes can block high demand, engineers have been working on antilock braking systems since the early 20th century.

The first car with ABS was the Jensen FF with mechanical Dunlop Maxaret ABS from 1966. Three years later, Ford equipped the Lincoln Continental Mark III with an ABS system called the Sure-Track Brake System, which only worked on the rear wheels. In 1978, Bosch launched its electronic ABS; At the same time, the term ABS was legally protected by Bosch.

Meanwhile, emergency brake assistants exist in all modern vehicles. Predictive Safety System (PSS), for example, means this at the supplier Bosch, "Pre-Safe-Bremse" at Daimler, "pre-sense" at Audi and "City Safety" at Volvo.

Apropos: In the summer of 2012, the Swedes also had the edge in terms of emergency brake assistance: At the test by TÜV Süd with eight different accident scenarios, the Volvo S60 came on the podium. The great services that emergency occupant of the three-point belt proves to be inmates is easy to imagine.

Lars Wallerang / mid

The article "Three Points for Safety" was added to the category News by Lars Wallerang on 07/03/2019 containing the keywords Belt, Security, Assistance System, History, News, released.

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