Prevost launched a new advanced driver safety assistance suite, Prevost Driver Assist™. The electronic system works with the driver to mitigate challenging situations, including lane departure and potential frontal incidents.
The system includes adaptive cruise control with braking, following distance alerts — both available since 2011 as Prevost Aware — and adds frontal collision mitigation, stationary vehicle braking, lane departure warning, and a dash integrated heads-up display.
Prevost Driver Assist is available as an option on all 2021 models and can be retrofit on coaches with ABS8 — back to model year 2018.
Additionally, the company is also introducing the first electronic side mirror system in the North American motorcoach industry — eMirrors, revolutionizing driver visibility for added confidence and safety.
With cameras and screens instead of traditional mirrors, eMirrors offer a significantly larger field of view eliminating side-by-side blind spots — in addition to dramatically improving visibility in nighttime, inclement weather conditions, and challenging lighting.
Officially exempt from 49 CFR 393.80(a) [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0159] by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as of Jan. 15, 2020, Prevost eMirror, powered by Smart-Vision from Vision Systems North America Inc., will be available on custom orders for early adopters starting mid-2020, with wider availability in 2021.
In addition to the driver confidence and safety advantages, there are also strong business benefits for owners and operators by eliminating traditional mirrors. Internal Prevost testing estimates a 3% fuel economy savings through improved aerodynamics. Plus, there’s no worry about costly repair and downtime expenditures caused by damage to the external mirrors in tight situations.