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PRECO Introduces New Active Vision Systems for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

By Tom Loutzenheiser on May 9, 2017

PRECO Electronics is excited to announce the immediate availability of our expanded vision system offerings.  The new suite of monitors and cameras, including PreView® Monitor 5 HD, PreView® Monitor 5 LD, PreView® Mini Cam, and PreView® Mirror Monitor, provides customers with a wide range of flexibility and the ability to integrate PreView® radar sensors to help mitigate accidents, improve fleet operations, and further assist with blind spot monitoring.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, Backup Cameras, Vision Systems, Blind Spot Monitoring

Collision Avoidance Solutions for Straight Trucks

By Greg Spiropulos on February 21, 2017

Trucking companies and truck drivers must cope with a variety of working conditions, including variable weather and traffic conditions, boredom, and in-cab distractions. Add the problem of sharing the road with erratic drivers and you have a recipe for a potential tragedy.

The transportation industry logged 279.1 billion miles in 2014 according to American Trucking Associations’, with over 400,000 truck accidents each year. More than 70% of these accidents are the fault of the NON-commercial driver, with only 16% due to the truck driver's fault. These statistics just address incidents with other moving vehicles.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Trucking Safety, Side Collision Mitigation, Straight Trucks, TMC, Work Truck Show

When the Economy Ebbs, Keep Safety (and ROI) Flowing

By Matt Wood on February 15, 2017

If we think of the economy like the tide, we know that for every flow there is an ebb. Although we can’t predict the size or timing of each ebb and flow, we are better prepared to weather financial ups and downs when we anticipate both and plan accordingly.

When the economy tightens, we might live without some personal luxuries. Maybe we give up dining out, have staycations instead of vacations, and rent movies instead of going to the theater. We might shop for lower-cost services that still provide the necessities to get our must-dos done right. In business, some companies might even go through hiring freezes or discontinue low-selling products or services. Pulling back on expenditures makes sense (and dollars and cents) when the economy ebbs. Except, that is, when it comes to safety.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, ROI

Safety Initiatives: NTSB's “Most Wanted List”

By Dale Hessing on February 8, 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a new two-year “Most Wanted” wish list for 2017-18 that puts distractions and tired driving at the top of ten pressing safety issues to improve.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said that the list's new two-year cycle will “help to focus our advocacy efforts on sustained progress. We will take stock at the one-year mark, note what progress has been made, and decide what additional improvements are needed.”

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Distracted Driving, Side Collision Mitigation

PRECO’s Top 5 Manufacturing Questions & Answers

By Tyler Posey on January 25, 2017

At PRECO Electronics, we stand behind our promise, “When safety matters, count on us.” That’s because PRECO’s safety products lead the industry in performance, durability and reliability.

PRECO’s PreView Radar is the most rugged collision mitigation solution on the market—designed to work 100% of the time in the harshest conditions. That promise goes a long way in the heavy-duty industry, where tough work environments and mud, dirt, fog, rain, sludge, and even sun glare are constant challenges.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Object Detection, PreView Radar, Manufacturing

Collision Avoidance and the Quest for Safety in 2017

By Matt Wood on January 17, 2017

There is a safety arms race in progress. Advances in collision mitigation technology are being undermined by advances in personal technology that distract heavy-duty operators and people on the ground from noticing potentially dangerous situations.

Who knows what will happen in 2017, but we are hopeful that by the end of the year we will be closer to the time when man and machine are able to ensure every worker makes it home safely. When they do, we might be able to put a stop to—or at least slow down—the safety arms race.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety

Proximity Detection Solutions for Concrete Mixers

By Sean Martell on January 11, 2017

Busy worksites include a dangerous mix of oversized trucks, service trucks, and people on the ground in constant motion trying to meet deadlines. With all of this activity, operators often focus on an immediate danger or maneuvering without realizing a new hazard has entered their blind zone.

The US Department of Labor has reported that 4,386 work fatalities were investigated in 2014, 20.5% of which were in construction-up 6 percent from 2013.  Being struck-by an object was one of the leading causes of these construction worker deaths.  According the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involved heavy equipment.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, World of Concrete, Active Safety, Proximity Detection, Cement Mixers

A Heavy-Duty Surge in Heavy-Duty Safety

By Tamara Humpherys on December 20, 2016

Safety in heavy-duty industries has surged ahead in 2016 thanks to new innovations and technologies that have taken collision mitigation to the most advanced level yet. As our understanding of collisions and how to avoid them deepens, this momentum will continue with the goal of saving as many lives as possible.

Recently, we’ve seen higher levels of technological sophistication in the autonomous applications of U.S. Army tactical vehicles. Over the course of the next decade, the Army predicts that assistant drivers will no longer be needed in manned war vehicles, and only a few years beyond that the main driver will also be able to stay behind on missions. Imagine the lives that will be saved on the battlefields.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Sensor Fusion, Object Detection, Side Collision Mitigation, Heavy-Duty Safety, Forward Collision Mitigation

Forward Collision Mitigation Surges

By Jonathan Fix on November 16, 2016

Forward collision mitigation technologies—those that detect how far and fast a vehicle in front of you is moving, and automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision if you don’t—are rapidly advancing in the trucking industry. Good news, since forward collision avoidance systems can result in a 20% to 25% reduction in rear end fatalities and injuries. The even better news is that this number is expected to grow to 40% to 50% in the next generation of forward collision mitigation systems, and to 50% to 60% in future iterations.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, Radar Technology, Forward Collision Mitigation

Start Preparing Now for Future Backup Camera Regulations

By Greg Spiropulos on October 27, 2016

Blind spots behind all moving vehicles and equipment can cause serious physical harm and financial damage. The problem will soon be addressed for passenger vehicles. In May 2018, a decade after the enabling legislation was passed, a law will go into effect requiring that all automotive vehicles be equipped with backup cameras and monitors. The Department of Transportation (DOT) law will apply to new vehicles under 10,000 pounds. It is not hard to imagine that these same requirements will soon be extended to medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, Backing Accidents, Backup Cameras

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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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