ZF's new ADAS features use sensors, software and intelligent mechanics (Photo: ZF)

ZF Friedrichshafen has unveiled two new advanced driver-assistance features designed to help truck drivers avoid collisions.

The Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA), which the Germany-based automotive supplier developed in cooperation with US vehicle control systems specialist Wabco, automatically steers tractor-trailer combinations around dangerous areas.

ZF’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) offers a combination of lane keeping and adaptive cruise control for trucks.

Both technologies make use of sensors, software and intelligent mechanics, ZF said.

With EMA, the system can take over the steering wheel when a truck driver doesn’t see an obstacle or responds too late to avoid it. “Our innovative function simultaneously evades, brakes and stabilizes automatically ”“ at all speeds,” Mitja Schulz ZF TRW senior vice president, said in a statement.

HDA, the other new technology, warns the driver when, for example, a tractor-trailer truck is unintentionally moving out of its lane. The system then makes sure the truck stays in its lane while, at the same time, maintaining the proper distance to the vehicle in front.

Schulz said the feature was originally designed for passenger cars, but is now being incorporated into heavy-duty truck systems.