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.