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The Dirt on Back-Up Cameras

By Doug Whitfield on August 17, 2016

Camera/monitor systems are an extremely useful technology, but it is important to recognize their limitations as a stand-alone solution for object detection.

Back-up cameras serve to reduce blind zones in reversing cars by 90 percent, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Considering that 94% of new cars on the market today have back-up cameras, that’s a lot of backwards visibility gained.

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Topics: Sensor Fusion, Active Safety, Backing Accidents

The Future of Platooning

By Dale Hessing on August 9, 2016

Merriam-Webster defines a platoon as “… two or more squads usually led by one lieutenant.” Change “squads” to “trucks” and “lieutenant” to “driver” and you’ve got the definition of what is currently taking the trucking world by storm.

Platooning isn’t a new concept, but recent advances have made it a viable, cost-savings transportation option for trucking fleets in the not-so-distant future.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Trucking Safety, Platooning

Keeping Safety High and Related Costs Low

By Greg Spiropulos on August 2, 2016

It comes down to simple math. Invest in workplace safety before an accident happens, and you get to take your savings to the bank.

Liberty Mutual estimates that every dollar invested in injury prevention reduces costs for employers by $2 or more. That’s a lot of savings considering the fact that a workplace injury costs employers a whopping $30,000 on average, according to The National Safety Council.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Your Bottom Line, Active Safety

The Evolution of Side Collision Mitigation

By Tom Loutzenheiser on July 27, 2016

Being in and around moving vehicles, regardless of their size, has inherent dangers built in. Today’s highways and city streets are more congested than ever, with a heavy mix of traffic interacting with bicycles and pedestrians.

Add in distracted driving—which has been on the rise—and you’ve got a recipe for potential disaster. Sadly, accidents and fatalities on highways involving trucks, and those in cities involving pedestrians and bicyclists colliding with trucks, have been on the rise.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Blind Zones, Trucking Safety, Side Collision Mitigation

Antenna Technology: The Eyes of the Radar

By Bradley Eylander on July 21, 2016

If you were to make an analogy between a radar and the human body, the antenna on the radar would be the eyes – it sees what the radar detects. There are many different antenna types that exist today and these technologies are continually growing and becoming more complex. The technologies range from the dipole antenna (2 wires), to patch antennas and, most recently, metamaterial antennas that could, in the far future, provide a method for cloaking. Cloaking, in the context of metamaterial cloaking and electromagnetic (EM) radiation, is when the EM field propagates around the object with the metamaterial properties, or in other words it makes the object seem invisible. Aren’t antennas cool?

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Topics: Safety Technology, Object Detection, Radar Technology, Antenna Technology, Antenna Array, Patch Antenna

Putting More Might into the Military with Autonomous Vehicles

By Matt Wood on July 13, 2016

In the most heavy-duty industry of them all—the military—saving lives reigns supreme and the US Army is  currently working on integrating existing advanced technologies in order to enhance the safety of the modern soldier.

Improving military fleet capabilities is an ongoing operational priority for the U.S. Army. To protect soldiers and maximize their impact, the Army is making progressive strides toward the introduction of autonomous systems in tactical vehicles in an effort to remove the risk faced by soldiers in extremely hazardous and volatile missions.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Radar Technology, Military Safety Technology

PRECO’s Top 5 Customer Service Questions & Answers

By Rita Stewart on July 6, 2016

Safety technology is a heavy hitter in the heavy equipment industry today. The ability to see into blind spots using radar technology—regardless of environmental conditions including dirt, mud, rain, snow or ice—is a tried and true industry breakthrough. PRECO Electronics takes safety one step further by combining our monitor systems with radar sensor alarm warnings. These beep-beep-beeps have helped save countless lives in the occupations and work zones serviced by heavy-duty fleets.

These heavy vehicles often contain hefty blind zones that present immense safety concerns. Integrating PRECO’s collision mitigation technology allows operators to do their job with greater confidence and peace of mind by providing active alerts, detecting what the operators cannot see. Safety truly takes a front seat next to trained operators to avoid preventable collisions, mitigate risk and save money.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Preco Electronics, Active Safety, PreView Radar

The Sensor Fusion Journey

By John Fadgen on June 27, 2016

Every piece of heavy-duty equipment is different. Designed for specific, and usually logistically complicated tasks, no one-size-fits-all safety package works for every equipment type. By accounting for all of the unique variables associated with a wide range of heavy equipment, object detection systems can fill in the gaps and blind spots in safety practices over a wide range of industries. By integrating radar with other active and passive technologies, the ultimate collision mitigation safety solution comes into focus.

How does it work? Preco’s Tom Loutzenheiser recently gave a forward-thinking explanation to that question in the Idaho Business Review:

“If you look at any of the autonomous vehicles, whether cars or mining trucks, they all have lots of different sensors. There’s this concept called sensor fusion, where you work together to make a smarter vehicle. The human analogy is you have a sense of touch, a sense of smell, eyesight and ears, they all contribute to you being a safe navigator of the world. There’s the same analogy in autonomy. There are multiple sensors coming into play.”

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Sensor Fusion, Autonomous Vehicles, Active Safety, Object Detection, Radar Technology

Becoming the Driving Force Behind Distracted Driving Prevention

By Tamara Humpherys on June 15, 2016

Keep your eyes on the prize. That’s easier said than done—especially when driving—even when that prize is your very life. Recent research indicates that some type of distraction is present during 52 percent of normal driving—and distracted driving can be nearly as dangerous as driving drunk.

In a new three-year, nation-wide, naturalistic driving study involving 3,500 participants, researchers report that the risk of having a crash involving injury or property damage doubles when distracted. In fact, 68 percent of crashes involved a distraction of some kind. And an estimated 36 percent of all motor vehicle crashes could be avoided if distractions were out of the picture.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Distracted Driving

Highway to the Safety Zone: Flexible Field of View

By Bradley Eylander on June 7, 2016

They say never cry wolf. But what happens when there is actually a wolf? Safety technology is hitting the heavy-duty vehicle industry in spades. The ability to protect blind spots using object detection technology—no matter the working or weather conditions—is a real lifesaver for heavy-duty vehicles in any environment.

Now, when an alarm goes off that indicates something is in the way, it’s a clear call to action. Or rather, non-action. It’s a signal to stop, and do a safety check. But what if the radar’s field of view is too wide or too long—and the alert goes off too often—for relatively insignificant objects? The never cry wolf effect will set in, and that can lead to complacency.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Radar Technology, Flexible Field of View, Antenna Technology

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PRECO Electronics is a global technology provider that improves safety for operators, worksites, and the public. The effectiveness of our patented object detection radar systems is unmatched in heavy duty vehicle industries.

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