Many newer model trucks come equipped with certain driver assistance technology, such as lane departure warnings. The goal of these systems is to reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road. Given that human error causes many crashes, driver assistance technology helps address this issue.
- Lane departure warnings. As mentioned above, many new trucks come with this technology. It alerts drivers if they fade out of their lane, which allows them to make the necessary correction to avoid a collision.
- Forward collision warnings. Forward collision warning systems track the truck’s speed, the speed of the passenger vehicle in front of it, and the distance between the two drivers. If the truck driver closes too much of the distance, the system will alert them to the probability of a crash.
- Blind spot warnings. Many passenger vehicles don’t realize when they’re in a commercial vehicle’s blind spot. The blind spot warning system lets truck drivers know if there are vehicles in their blind spots when they start to change lanes.
- Automatic emergency braking. The above technologies only offer warnings and rely on the truck driver to make the correction. Automatic emergency brakes engage when the system detects that a forward collision will occur without intervention. A similar technology is pedestrian automatic emergency braking, which will engage if it detects that the truck is about to collide with a pedestrian.
- Lane centering. Lane centering systems have constant involvement with the steering to keep the vehicle centered within its lane. Lane keeping technology is a similar, less involved system that only engages when it senses that the vehicle is drifting out of its lane.
- Adaptive cruise control. Cruise control is a boon for long-distance driving, but it’s not always useful on highways with moderate traffic. Adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts the speed to maintain the correct following distance of the vehicle ahead.
Driver assistance technology can dramatically reduce the risk of collisions and improve safety across the fleet. To learn more about life-saving technology and other trucking safety measures, contact the experts at Interstate Motor Carriers