ZF set to debut driver assistance platform on Kenworth, Peterbilt trucks

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Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks this year will begin offering ZF's OnTraX Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) technology, becoming the OEMs to deploy the driver-assistance suite on a commercial vehicle platform in North America.

The partnership was previously expected to roll out in 2020 but was delayed by "COVID and commercial matters," ZF told CCJ Wednesday. 

"We continue to work closely with our Commercial Vehicle customers to provide ADAS technology that can help to make the roadways safer for all travelers," said Julien Plenchette, Senior Vice President, Americas with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division, adding that his company was pleased to integrate "this critical safety technology" into Paccar's newest truck platform.

OnTraX Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) uses a forward-facing camera to find lane markings. Once the system determines the truck is within its lane and traveling 40-plus mph, the system activates. If the tractor begins to drift out of its lane without the turn signal activated, the system offers a gentle counter steer – a series of light nudges – to inch the truck back into the appropriate lane.

When the turn signal is on, the driver can cross the lane without intervention. The system is also designed to recognize critical maneuvers, due to hand wheel speed input from the driver, and ceases correction during obstacle avoidance.

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ZF's OnTraX leverages the data collected by the Bendix Wingman Fusion system, so both platforms work together.