The launch of IVECO’s new Stralis X-Way range ushers in an exciting era for the brand in Australia, by introducing advanced new technology designed to not only protect the driver, but all road users.
IVECO lifted the industry benchmark for medium duty trucks last year with the introduction of the new Euro 6 Eurocargo, and many of the safety features released in this multi award-winning range have now been adopted in Stralis X-Way models. This new equipment will position IVECO amongst the heavy segment leaders is in the area of safety.
Standard features on all prime mover and rigid models is an Electronic Braking System (EBS) with Brake Assistance System (BAS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Hill Holder, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and L.E.D daytime running lights. Prime mover models also feature a standard extended catwalk allowing for safer access to the back of cabin area to connect air hoses or conduct maintenance.
Equipment including ABS, ESP and Hill Holder have become more common in commercial vehicles in recent years with the previous Stralis models already fitted with these technologies, but EBS, BAS ACC, and AEBS are all new additions to the latest model release.
EBS incorporates both Direct Braking Intervention and Brake Assistant System. Direct Braking Intervention coordinates and distributes the necessary braking forces between the wheel brakes, engine brakes and intarder (if option selected) to provide smooth and superior overall braking performance. Depending on the load conditions, the engine brake and intarder are then also activated when braking by pressing the brake pedal itself.
The Brake Assistance System is a device that generates the maximum available braking power when the pressure applied to the brake pedal by the driver is not sufficient.
If the brake is applied during an emergency situation – recognised by the vehicle sensors because of the speed at which the brake pedal is pressed – and detected to be insufficient to engage ABS, the Brake Assistance System instantly increases the required pressure to engage ABS to shorten the vehicle’s stopping distance as much as possible. The brakes themselves feature impressive brake force of 35 kilonewtons, to dramatically reduce stopping distances.
AEBS helps to reduce the chance of accidents caused by driver distraction.
Using a radar integrated into the front of the truck, the system measures the distance to the vehicle in front and calculates the time remaining to take action before a potential collision.
Before the emergency brakes engage, the driver is given an audible warning, if driver input isn’t received, the vehicle will then give a haptical warning (short brake application), shortly followed by full application of the brakes. In an emergency situation such as a car pulling in front, or a pedestrian walking out into the vehicle’s path, the system will fully apply the brakes as soon as an imminent collision is sensed.
This same AEBS radar is also used by the ACC system to adjust the truck’s speed by maintaining safe distance to the vehicle in front.
The feature has a range of up to 120 metres and automatically intervenes in various stages if the driver gets too close to the vehicle in front, firstly by reducing torque and applying the engine brake, secondly, the intarder is activated (if option selected) and finally, the service brakes are applied if necessary.
As well as having this long list of standard safety features, rigid and prime movers can also be specified with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Thanks to a windscreen-mounted camera, the system can recognise the road markings and will sound an audible warning if the vehicle is moving from its lane (without indicators engaged).
The warning sound is directional so that a left hand departure will result in the sound being generated in the left speaker and a right hand departure in the right speaker.
Other optional safety equipment includes Driver Attention Support (DAS) and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
DAS checks the driver’s level of attention by analysing steering wheel movements. If a state of drowsiness is detected, a message on the screen and an audible signal prompt the driver to stop for a rest.
The TPMS automatically monitors the tyre pressures using wheel mounted modules that wirelessly transmits the details to the instrument cluster display, alerting the driver of any issues.
Rounding out the optional safety equipment are Bi-Xenon headlamps. Producing a crisp and penetrating bright white light that closely resembles natural daylight, these headlamps are ideal for applications where the operator is regularly engaged in night time driving.