Automated queue assistance

Traffic congestion is tiresome even for professional drivers and it is a recurring source of accidents.

Over the past few years the Volvo Group and other research partners have developed AQuA – Automated Queue Assistance – a technology that assists the truck driver in traffic congestion. AQuA is part of the EU funded project HAVEit. When a truck driver activates AQuA, the system regulates speed, direction and driving rhythm through sensors that monitor the area around the truck.

When a truck driver activates AQuA, the system regulates speed, direction and driving rhythm through sensors that monitor the area around the truck
It keeps the vehicle in the right lane and at the right distance from the vehicle in front. It also keeps a watch on the driver’s attention through camera surveillance, making sure he or she stays alert and is ready to take over. Should the driver not respond to commands, the system can stop the vehicle. AQuA makes travel more comfortable and safe.

There are important benefits with this technology. Today, 20 percent of all truck accidents happen in traffic congestion or similar situations. AQuA will hopefully lower that figure significantly and reduce driver workload. As a direct consequence, accident-bound queues will also be prevented.