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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

Cost Savings of Active Safety Solutions are Both Short- and Long-Term

By Tom Loutzenheiser on December 11, 2015

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.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Advanced Driver Assistance System, Autonomous Vehicles

Full Autonomy Today and Tomorrow

By Tom Loutzenheiser on November 18, 2015

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.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Advanced Driver Assistance System, Autonomous Vehicles

Rising Above the Noise

By Tom Loutzenheiser on November 13, 2015

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!

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Topics: Safety Technology, Operator Education, Telematics

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: Increasing Safety and ROI for Heavy-Duty Fleets

By Tom Loutzenheiser on October 14, 2015

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.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Advanced Driver Assistance System

Introduction of 30-day Pilot Program: Collision Mitigation Solutions

By Tom Loutzenheiser on September 19, 2015


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.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Pilot Program

5 Ways to Improve Productivity with Safety Technology

By Tom Loutzenheiser on August 19, 2015

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.

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Topics: Safety Technology

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