Without proper collision avoidance systems, your drivers and vehicles are flying blind. In 2019, 118,000 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in an injury—a 5% increase from 2018, according to the National Safety Council. In addition, a total of 5,005 people died in large-truck crashes—a whopping 36% increase since 2010. One highly publicized example occurred in Arizona when a milk tanker traveling at high speeds collided with seven passenger vehicles, killing four people and injuring at least nine. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will examine whether equipping the truck with electronic safety devices could have prevented the crash. Clearly, truck accidents pose a serious threat to our nation’s drivers. If you are committed to improving your fleet safety program, implementing a state-of-the-art collision avoidance system is essential.
A collision avoidance system is a safety system that prevent accidents by assisting drivers in the moments before an incident. These systems utilize many different technologies, including cameras, GPS, G-force sensors, radar, laser and artificial intelligence. They monitor what is happening around the vehicle and in the truck itself. Computers then process the information, which prompts the system to take action.
Collision avoidance systems respond to potentially dangerous situations in two ways. The first is to alert the driver to the risk through a light, sound, vibration, or all of these. Vehicles with front and rear cameras provide visual or audio warnings of obstacles. Collision avoidance systems also assist the driver. They do this by overriding the driver’s actions in the seconds before a potential collision. For example, if a driver is non-responsive, the system could apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate an accident.
With the use of cameras, lasers and radar, collision avoidance systems include the following to either alert or assist the driver:
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are safety systems that use advanced technologies to assist drivers. Using a combination of sensor technologies, the system either alerts the driver or takes action through features like:
While there is value in implementing collision avoidance systems, other technologies can help take your fleet safety program even further. That’s why AI video dash cams are the future of driver safety. AI dash cams are a proactive in-cab safety solution that help you detect incidents and coach drivers in real-time. When combined with vehicle telematics, they perform many of the duties of collision avoidance systems. Dashboards also provide you with scorecards and trend data to facilitate ongoing training and ensures accuracy in determining accident liability.
Research shows that collision avoidance systems work. A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings could prevent more than 40% of crashes in which semi-trucks rear-end other vehicles. And another study revealed that when rear crashes happened, the systems reduces the damage and injuries. In short, collision avoidance systems can save lives. It’s time you include them as part of your cutting-edge fleet safety program