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What’s the Difference Between RFID and RADAR Technology?

By Aaron Benick on July 29, 2019

In previous posts, we’ve looked at the difference between RADAR and LiDAR, and between RADAR and ultrasonic sensors. While there are significant differences between these three types of sensors, they have one thing in common: They are all used to increase safety by identifying and locating both still and moving obstacles relative to the path of a vehicle. RADAR sensors do this by emitting radio waves. LiDAR uses high frequency laser light. Ultrasonic sensors emit high-pitched sound waves.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Radar Technology

What’s the Difference Between RADAR and LIDAR?

By Aaron Benick on March 12, 2019

If you’ve been following the news on self-driving cars, you may have noticed that many of the autonomous vehicle makers are using LIDAR (Light Imaging Detection And Ranging) for on-board object detection. For many autonomous automobile applications, LIDAR is a better choice than the other commonly used object-detection technology, RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging). But when it comes to high-quality, affordable object detection that needs to stand up to rough environments, RADAR is a wise choice. Here’s why:

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Topics: Radar Technology, Side Turn Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring

Cracking the Code of Crash Costs

By Aaron Benick on January 28, 2019

In 1799, French army engineers discovered the Rosetta Stone, a slab of rock that created a revolution in archeology by helping Egyptologists crack the code of hieroglyphics. Today’s modern fleet owners, insurers, and government officials would love to come across a similar tell all to help them crack the code of vehicle crash costs. Instead, they are faced with a dizzying array of agencies, measurement standards, and definitions that make it nearly impossible to answer a critical, but complex, question: How much, on average, does it cost when the operator of a fleet vehicle gets into a crash with another person or thing?

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Best Practices, Safety Awareness

The ROI of Safety Equipment: Destined to Rise

By Aaron Benick on October 8, 2018

For decades, fleets have considered the staggering cost of collisions as unavoidable as death and taxes. These days, as new technologies alert drivers to potential collisions—and, increasingly, take complete control of the vehicle to avoid the collision altogether—fleet owners may well be wondering if there will come a day when collision costs become marginal.

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Topics: Your Bottom Line, Heavy-Duty Safety, ROI

To Succeed, Companies Must Invite New Members to the Safety Table

By Aaron Benick on July 23, 2018

When it comes to fleet safety, technology giveth and it taketh away. The good news for fleet managers trying to improve safety is that with fleet telematics becoming more available and less expensive, capturing all manner of fleet operations data is becoming vastly easier. But as technology makes life easier in one dimension, it creates new challenges as managers assemble teams to improve fleet safety.

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Topics: Telematics, Fleet Safety, Driver Training, Safety Culture, Leadership

New Texas Heavy-Haul Regulations Call for Side and Rear Blind Spot Detection

By Aaron Benick on June 28, 2018

New highway regulations in Texas have fleet managers looking for ways to equip specific heavy haul trucks with roll-stability systems and blind spot protection. The new regulations, as laid out in Texas Senate Bill 1524, address heavier oversize and overweight intermodal vehicles that carry oceangoing or international trade containers within 30 miles of a port of entry or international bridge. SB 1524 mandates that roll-stability systems and blind spot protection be installed on these vehicles as a precondition of receiving an operating permit from the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Topics: Blind Zones, PreView Radar, Side Collision Mitigation, blind spot safety, PreView Side Defender, Safety Awareness

Blind Spot Safety in the Utility Industry

By Aaron Benick on April 18, 2018

The world would come to a grinding halt without utility workers and the companies they work for. With all utility companies and workers have to worry about, safety priorities for vehicles and drivers have a tendency to get pushed down the list.

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Topics: Utility Safety, Fleet Safety, Blind Spot Monitoring, Safety Culture

Street Sweeper Safety

By Aaron Benick on February 22, 2018

Following a recent tradeshow, conversations revolved around street sweepers and the hazards that come with them. In an effort to highlight the safety issues that are associated with this common piece of equipment, we wanted to take a moment to draw attention to the safety solutions that are available.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Side Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Monitoring, Safety Awareness

Safer Driving Through Technology Is Great, But Not the Whole Picture

By Aaron Benick on February 21, 2018

If you have been driving for ten or more years, you are no doubt amazed to see the endless stream of driver assistance technologies being added to passenger cars. You can almost hear your parents grumbling, “In my day, people actually had to pay attention to where they were going!” Such mundane necessities are quickly becoming a thing of the past as drivers are learning to rely more and more on the technology that surrounds them and less and less on their own faculties. If drivers are safer as a result of new technology, then it’s all for the better. But, as a fleet manager, there is more at stake than safely getting from point A to point B.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Telematics, Heavy-Duty Safety

Safety Innovation in the Waste Industry

By Aaron Benick on November 2, 2017

Waste continues to be an undervalued and misunderstood industry. What the public neglects to realize is that it keeps society as we know it moving. They also don’t realize the efforts that go on behind the scenes to comply with a vast number of regulations and initiatives to keep people safe.

A growing economy means better jobs, higher wages, lower gas prices, and more vehicles on the road.

This has led to a 14% increase of roadway fatalities, the biggest two-year jump in more than five decades and the National Safety Council has indicated that the costs associated with these accidents have reached $242 billion economically and $871 billion societally.

These factors have a significant impact on heavy-duty industries, including waste.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Waste Safety, Safety Innovation

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