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Continental touts Turn Assist monitors blind spots in trucks

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David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Continental now offers a new technology for commercial vehicles and RVs that makes roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists by actively monitoring the vehicle’s blind spots during right-hand turns. Continental says Turn Assist makes right-hand turns safer and easier and reduces driver stress by warning the driver with audible and visual alerts when pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users are detected inside the vehicle’s danger zone.

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This radar-based system also delivers reliable detection in bad weather and under poor lighting conditions, the company says. It can be retrofitted on all types of trucks, buses and RVs, including older vehicles, and can also be connected to other vehicle warning systems.

The Continental Turn Assist system features a radar sensor, evaluation unit, buzzer for audible warning, steering angle sensor and a light for visual warning. The radar sensor is installed on the rear-view mirror and monitors an area up to 13 ft. to the side of the vehicle and up to 46 ft. behind it.

In the future, Continental says a combination of radar and camera data working with artificial intelligence will even recognize the gestures of cyclists and pedestrians.

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