How Collision Avoidance Systems are Improving the Transportation Industry

Posted on May 01, 2019

On February 4 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-20. This list identifies the biggest safety improvements that can be made across all modes of transportation, including highway, pipeline and hazardous materials. According to the NTSB, instillation of collision avoidance technologies should be a standard practice among automobile and truck manufactures.

Sentential Transportation started incorporating Collision warning systems into its trucks in 2004 and by 2018 had the safety feature in 88% of their fleet. Todd Potter, Vice President of safety for Sentinel, said “Technology is good, Technology works. However, there are things that need to happen in the background to make sure technology works effectively.” He said training will help drivers become familiar with the new technology and help them adjust their driving habits.

Perfect Transportation has been incorporating systems such as inward facing cameras and cruise control into their fleet since 2014. Robert Haag, Vice President of operations for Perfect Transportation said introducing these new technologies can present a steep learning curve for drivers.

Transportation is making a move in a safer direction, and while this might present challenges for drivers and their employers it will pay off in the long run.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2017, more than 37,000 people died in crashes. Installing automatic breaking systems on existing and new trucks with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds could prevent 5,294 crashes, 2,753 injuries and 55 deaths annually. While installing lane departure warning systems could prevent 6,372 crashes, 1,342 injuries, and 115 deaths annually, according to a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Contributor: Danielle Sternola 



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