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Blind Spots and the Solutions

By Aaron Benick on July 9, 2020

Simply put, a blind spot is wherever a vehicle operator cannot see around his/her vehicle because there is no coverage through a window or mirror. Typically a driver's blind spot will be towards the rear end of the automobile on both sides.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, Object Detection, Heavy-Duty Safety, Blind Spot Monitoring

Trucker Fatalities Continue to Be On the Rise – Find the Safety Solution Right for Your Fleet

By Aaron Benick on April 29, 2020

Many people who drive for work are continuing to leave their homes to ensure that essential supplies and services reach those in need during this difficult time. Unfortunately, trucker fatalities have been on the rise for a number of years, and with a higher demand being put on fleets during the current crisis we are facing globally, the use-case for safety suites has continued to spread. Now customers are demanding OEMs offer safety systems, or they may take their business elsewhere.

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Topics: PreView Sentry, Straight Trucks, PreView Side Defender, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture

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

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

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