Collision Warning Systems (CWS) vs. Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS)

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You may have heard the terms collision warning system (CWS) or collision avoidance system (CAS) when watching a car commercial. Automakers, realizing the future of transportation lies in driverless technology, have been deploying these features for nearly a decade. As a result, people are becoming acquainted with automated technology, and will one day be comfortable enough to give full control of their automobiles to artificial intelligence.

While the terms collision warning system and collision avoidance system may seem interchangeable, there are actually marked differences between the two. As mining operations begin to invest in automated technology to improve the efficiency of their fleets, it’s important to understand the distinctions before making a big capital expenditure.

A collision warning system uses GPS radar and/or lasers to detect an impending collision, and audibly warns the driver a crash is imminent. A collision avoidance system takes this a step further, and will activate the brakes or increase speed and navigate the vehicle away from the danger. CAS doesn’t completely replace a driver, but will actively assist in avoiding hazards in order to provide an extra layer of security. Some firms that provide automation upgrades may try to misconstrue the terms, so it’s imperative to know the differences when investing in this technology.

At ASI, our Mobius® command and control system is a modular platform mining companies can incorporate into their current operations to provide incremental automaton upgrades to their vehicles. Many mining operations aren’t able to make a full-scale migration to a driverless fleet due to capital requirements, possible disruptions to production, or wariness about artificial intelligence. As a result, it’s common to take a piecemeal approach, and adopt a few automated features like CAS or CWS. However, with other platforms, these isolated solutions often do not provide interoperability, making future upgrades challenging and serving as a roadblock on the pathway to a fully unmanned mining fleet. This is where Mobius has the advantage.

Mobius is designed to allow a phased, low risk, cost-effective approach to automation. After setting up the Mobius command and control system, operations can add driver assist features that include CWS, CAS, and choreography which provides an extra layer of safety, as well as increases productivity through minimize queuing of haul trucks as well as hung shovel time. As an OEM agnostic platform, companies can scale later to add even more features to Mobius, such as auto-spotting and fatigue monitoring. Then, when it’s time to migrate to a completely driverless fleet, operations run shadow trials in Mobius to fine tune the switch to a fully autonomous process before letting the artificial intelligence take over production.

So when considering a collision warning system or collision avoidance system keep ASI’s Mobius CWS and Mobius CAS in mind. Unlike other solutions, Mobius allows easy scaling to more automated functions when the time is right, protecting your early investment on the pathway to autonomy. For more information, visit us at asirobots.com.