Accidents cause ripple effects: at the point of a collision with the parties involved and throughout the company. The cost of an accident lifecycle differs dramatically based on the severity of the collision. As the focus on active collision mitigation become front and center within the automotive industry, heavy-duty fleets are also recognizing the importance of incorporating these systems into their safety programs. Unfortunately, many are unsure of how to justify the cost of a robust system that can withstand the harsh environments their equipment encounters.
2015 witnessed Freightliner’s Inspiration Truck -- the first licensed autonomous commercial truck in the U.S. Let’s take a moment to let that soak in.
The Inspiration Truck was important from a number of perspectives. It was a watershed moment for the auto, commercial and heavy-duty industries as it provides a roadmap of what is possible. It accomplished full autonomy using current technology. Its introduction signified a change of what customers can expect and made manufactures think beyond their next product release.
Every operator is responsible for their vehicle and the surrounding environment. Simply going through the motions, regardless of the industry, is no longer an option. The ramifications are significant and can result in loss of life, financial loss, and/or shutting down of the workplace.
These are the pressures of the job that an operator faces on a daily basis!
PRECO is excited to introduce the first of three blogs that will dive into the changing role of advanced driver assistance (ADAS), the introduction of telematics and the growing use of autonomy within the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry.
We will be examining each of these evolving technologies and markets from a safety perspective.
Safety practices on work sites and on our roads do not develop overnight. Effective safety strategies are learned and they evolve based on experience, research, case studies and industry trends.
With that said, I think it is important to outline how and why leaders in the heavy-duty industry have migrated toward the adoption and deployment of collision mitigation solutions.
Safety comes in many forms. In the heavy-duty equipment industry, safety best practices evolve based on the introduction of new standards, case studies, and technological advancements.
It is within the technology arena where the most significant strides are being realized to improve worksite safety and operator productivity. Whether utilizing collision mitigation technology, telematics systems or Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), the adoption of safety technology combined with operator education are the keys to mitigating collisions, saving lives and/or avoiding a worksite shut down.
Topics: Safety Technology