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IAA Commercial Vehicles Exhibition Successfully Concludes

By Tom Loutzenheiser on October 11, 2018

IAA Exceeded PRECO’s Expectations 

In its 67th year, the IAA Commercial Vehicle show has become one of the world’s largest events, with 2,174 exhibitors from 48 different countries and over 250,000 visitors throughout the show. Presenting the future of commercial vehicles and mobility, IAA exhibitors approached the industry’s top issues and introduced the latest and greatest innovations - showcasing the future of transportation, logistics and mobility.

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Topics: Safety Innovation, Blind Spot Monitoring, Blind Zones, IAA Commercial Vehicles

How Long Will We Wait for Autonomous Vehicles?

By Tom Loutzenheiser on January 22, 2018

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration attributes 94 percent of all crashes to human error, mostly associated with recognition and decision errors. Research and testing done so far on autonomous vehicles point toward a much safer world. But making vehicles smart enough to navigate an incredibly complex world is not happening overnight.

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Topics: Safety Awareness, Safety Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

How Telematics Improves Fleet and Driver Safety

By Tom Loutzenheiser on August 30, 2017

What if you could wave a magic wand and get rid of all the things that slow down your fleet.  The things that make your drivers work harder and longer and cut into your company’s profits? Imagine rolling a truck into a repair bay before a tire blows out or the brakes fail. Imagine drivers being automatically guided to the most affordable fuel and best route. Imagine if the industry didn’t have to spend 51 million hours a year reviewing and storing paper logbooks. These and similar problems can take a serious bite out ofproductivity and profits. Fleet telematics is becoming the go-to solution for these and a host of other fleet-management challenges.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Active Safety, Blind Spot Monitoring, Telematics, Fleet Safety

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

Safety Technology Reduces Injuries in an Era of Distraction

By Tom Loutzenheiser on December 13, 2016

Despite improvements in safety training, the number of accidents and fatalities as a result of collisions between motorcyclists, pedestrians or cyclists and commercial trucks & buses has remained high over the past 30 years – even increasing in our biggest cities. In the USA alone there were 587 such deaths in 1989, 519 in 1999, and 531 in 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Efforts by commercial fleets to improve vehicle safety are counteracted by more traffic and an increase in driver distraction – e.g. the use of handheld devices. It seems like people would rather scroll through their social media feed than pay attention to where they’re walking or driving.

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Topics: Side Collision Mitigation, Side Turn Assist, Trucking Safety, Active Safety, Safety Technology

Intelligent Side Collision Mitigation with PreView Side Defender

By Tom Loutzenheiser on September 15, 2016

A stronger economy, lower unemployment rates, and better gas prices have put more people on U.S. roadways, causing motor vehicle fatalities to rise by 9% in the first half of 2016. The National Safety Council estimates that 19,100 people have been killed over the road since January, and 2.2 million were seriously injured. What’s more, this Labor Day was predicted to be the deadliest holiday period since 2008, according to the NSC.

Other factors, including distracted driving, have contributed to the rise in over the road accidents. Side collisions with trucks from lane changes have increased on busier highways. Congested urban areas are seeing a rise in struck-by side collisions from turns and lane changes, especially with pedestrians and cyclists. The economy might look rosier, but the roadways do not, especially for the most vulnerable road users—those on foot and bikes.

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

Waste Industry Sees Improved Efficiency With Wireless Safety Solution

By Tom Loutzenheiser on June 2, 2016

PRECO Electronics’ wireless collision mitigation system is changing the Waste Industry’s use and understanding of active safety solutions.

Developed with the same rugged and advanced features as the entire PRECO line of safety solutions, PreView® Wireless WorkSight® eliminates the body cables and reduces the installation time for its customers and OEM partners. 

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Waste Safety, PreView Radar, Wireless Safety, Wireless WorkSight

Heavy Focus on Safety Technology at bauma

By Tom Loutzenheiser on April 29, 2016

Held every three years in Munich, Germany, bauma is the international trade fair for showcasing construction and mining equipment and machinery. PRECO had the privilege of crossing the pond to team up with Mekra Lang and exhibit at the world’s largest construction trade show. The seven-day event, covering nearly 6.2 million square feet of fair grounds,  attracted more than 580,00 visitors from over 200 countries, with attendance up almost 10 percent from 2013.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Active Safety, MEKRA Lang, BAUMA

MEKRAtronics and PRECO Electronics Partner to Deliver Safety Solutions in Europe

By Tom Loutzenheiser on April 11, 2016

PRECO Electronics is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with MEKRAtronics, a business division of MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co. KG. MEKRAtronics will offer and bundle PRECO’s patented PreView® Radar object detection solution as a complement to its suite of heavy-duty indirect vision solutions. Focused specifically on Europe’s heavy-duty vehicle industries, the combination of safety offerings provide customers with proven solutions that actively mitigate accidents, improve efficiencies and create safer work environments.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, MEKRA Lang, BAUMA

KCMA and PRECO Electronics Partner to Provide Active Safety Solution

By Tom Loutzenheiser on March 8, 2016

Preco Electronics is pleased to announce an OEM partnership with Kawasaki-KCM Wheel Loaders. 

Under the terms of the partnership, Preco’s PreView® Radar object detection system is now immediately available for customers to purchase across KCMA’s Wheel Loader lineup. Kawasaki KCMA’s customers who purchase this option will benefit from Preco’s fully integrated active safety solution with rear blind zone coverage and in-cab audible and visual cues to the equipment operator.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Sensor Fusion, Active Safety, KCM Wheel Loaders, Blind Zones

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