Volvo CE’s new safety system reduces job site collisions
By Andy BrownJanuary 11, 2023
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has launched a Collision Mitigation System for its wheel loaders, an automatic braking feature that supports operator response and helps reduce the risk of collision when working in reverse.
Volvo CE says this is the first system of its kind from an original equipment manufacturer. It assists operators while working in reverse and automatically applies service brakes when the wheel loader approaches any obstacle, alerting the operator to take further action.
It is estimated that wheel loaders spend an average of 40-50% of their time being driven in reverse.
Volvo CE stated that their new system is not designed to replace safe operator behavior but is a tool to enhance job site safety.
“We at Volvo CE continue to proactively develop intelligent solutions which not only mitigate the consequences of accidents but strive to avoid them altogether,” said Lars Eriksson, global product manager for wheel loaders at Volvo CE.
“This new Collision Mitigation System is one important part of our work to reduce the risk of accidents and help fulfil our commitment towards zero accidents.”
The system works by identifying when there is a risk of collision and responding by automatically activating the brakes for two-three seconds to slow the machine down prior to impact or bring it to a stop to avoid it. This initiation of the braking alerts the operator to intervene.
The system will remember the last slope the machine climbed, allowing operators to reverse down a pile without activating it. It can also be temporarily deactivated for specific site conditions.
Functioning only when the wheel loader is in reverse and driving at speeds of between 1.86 to 9.32 mph, no matter what gear it is in, it serves as a facilitator to job site
Developed in-house by Volvo CE, the patent-pending Collision Mitigation System is a factory-fit option currently available on the L110H/L120H equipped with OptiShift, L150H, L180H, L220H, L260H and L200H High Lift wheel loaders.
Requiring a Radar Detect System to be fitted, it works as an additional system to the existing wide range of features, options and site services provided by Volvo CE for its line of wheel loaders.