Since 1980, the European Centre for Studying Safety and Analysing Risks (CEESAR) at Amiens, France has been investigating road accidents in which lorries are involved. The data that it has collected cover 670 parameters, including vehicle, occupant, and environmental factors. As a result of this research, Renault has developed its high-security vehicle (VHS), based on a Magnum, which contains the latest high-technology products from about 20 specialist suppliers. Many of these products are in production or close to it, but a few are rather less well developed. This article briefly describes the main features of the VHS: (1) spray suppression, high grip, and pressure monitoring in tyres; (2) full reflective perimeter marking of the sides and rear of the trailer, using light emitting diodes (LEDs) wherever possible, to make the lorries more conspicuous; (3) fifth-wheel coupling alarm and Suzie connecting for trailer coupling; (4) use of electronics to ensure dynamic vehicle stability and control air suspension to the trailer; (5) better rear-view and forward visibility, together with adaptive cruise control; (6) several improvements to driver safety, comfort, and ergonomics; (7) better under-run protection at front, back, and sides; and (8) electronic braking system and carbon disc retarders.

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  • Authors:
    • BARNETT, C
  • Publication Date: 1999-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 36-7
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 190
    • Issue Number: 4855
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00790265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM