The EU’s General Safety Regulation will apply from July 2024. With their new and improved assistance systems, Setra buses and coaches are already at the forefront of safety.
Setra buses and coaches have always been among the pioneers of new safety technologies and assistance systems. The Setra brand is consistently pursuing this path for greater safety, in particular by preventing accidents and protecting vulnerable road users. From 2024, all scheduled-service buses, crew buses and touring coaches of the Setra brand will receive a whole bundle of new and further developed assistance systems – many of which are already part of the standard equipment.
Protection of more vulnerable road users.
Greater safety in road traffic – that is the aim of the EU’s General Safety Regulation (GSR). It stipulates numerous assistance and safety systems for newly registered buses and coaches, and will come into force in July 2024. These systems include Blind Spot Assist for the right side of the vehicle as well as for the area immediately in front of the vehicle. Other benefits include: a traffic sign recognition system for speed limits, an attention assistance system, a tyre pressure monitoring system, a reversing camera and a light signal in the event of emergency braking.
The GSR focuses above all on accident prevention and the protection of vulnerable road users, aspects which Daimler Buses has made every effort to advance for years.
“Active Brake Assist, which is already standard in touring coaches today, has been completely renewed and is now in the 6th generation. With its overcompliance with the law, it once again sets standards.”
ABA 6 prevents accidents even more reliably.
For Setra, maximum safety is more than just an obligation. That is why the engineers at Daimler Buses developed a new generation of existing assistance systems that was ready for series production long before the introduction of the EU safety regulations that will come into force from July 2024. And on top of all that, Setra buses not only meet the requirements, they also exceed them. A prime example is braking assistant Active Brake Assist 6 (ABA 6), which is even more efficient and which once again sets the standard.
Pedestrians and cyclists in view.
ABA 6 works with a combination of short and long-range radar sensors and a camera. The warning cascade in the event of an impending accident consists of a visual and haptic warning. If the driver fails to react, partial and then emergency braking is initiated.
Thanks to its new sensors, ABA 6 is even more powerful than its predecessor system. It detects moving or stationary people and cyclists in front of the vehicle and can initiate emergency braking independently. Accidents can be avoided even more reliably with ABA 6. The system covers the entire vehicle speed range and is active in the background. In the event of emergency braking, the brake lights and turn signal lamps light up at intervals to warn following traffic.
ABA 6 is used as standard in all Setra ComfortClass 500 and Setra TopClass 500 touring coaches as well as in the Setra S 531 DT double-decker coach.
The active brake assistant Preventive Brake Assist has been further developed to meet the requirements of scheduled-service buses. The new, more powerful generation reacts to stationary and moving objects, including pedestrians and cyclists, and warns of a collision. In addition, Preventive Brake Assist 2 initiates a braking manoeuvre with partial braking. The assistance system is optionally available for all Setra MultiClass 500 models.
The radar-based Sideguard Assist turning assistant has been offering greater safety when turning off in Setra buses since 2018. The new Sideguard Assist 2 reacts and gives an even more precise warning if there is a risk of collision with pedestrians or cyclists.
Previously only available for the door side, it is now also available for use on the driver’s side. The new Frontguard Assist monitors the area immediately ahead of the vehicle. This system is also radar-based and detects and warns of people directly in front of the vehicle up to a speed of 15 km/h.
Lane-changing made easy.
Sideguard Assist 2 also takes over the function of a lane change assistant at speeds above 40 km/h. Up to the maximum permissible speed, it informs the driver of an object on both the driver’s side and the front passenger side. Together with the optional 360° camera system, the driver receives a comprehensive warning system for all aspects of their touring coach. Sideguard Assist 2 and Frontguard Assist will be standard in all new Setra buses from 2024.
“The previously optional reversing camera is now part of the standard equipment as well as the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPM).”
Even more safety as standard.
Another new feature is the smart Traffic Sign Assist, which compares the current speed of the vehicle with the permitted vehicle speed and warns the driver if the speed limit is exceeded.
Traffic Sign Assist is now part of the standard equipment as well as the previously only optionally available TPM (tyre pressure monitoring). TPM prevents tyre damage by indicating a possible pressure loss. In addition, correct tyre pressure reduces both wear and fuel consumption.
The Attention Assist (AtAs) and an interface for the use of breathalysers for the driver’s workplace have also been adopted into the standard equipment of Setra buses and coaches. The same applies to the previously optional reversing camera. Depending on the model series, the image is transferred to an already existing monitor in the cockpit or an additional monitor in seven-inch format.