The holiday season is upon us and that means it’s time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past and look towards the new year.
As we look toward the future, the role safety technology will play within the world’s heavy-duty industry will continue to grow at a rapid pace. A recent study of truck safety conducted by the Volvo Trucks’ Accident Research Team in Europe found that 90% of all truck safety incidents are due entirely or partly to human error. It went on to state that by 2020 more than 35 million trucks globally will be connected, and collision-avoidance technologies that can help eliminate cyclist and pedestrian deaths caused by driver blind-spots are likely to be legally required in many markets.
As we look to 2016, following are some of the top trends that will likely affect the market and change the course of how safety technology is deployed within heavy-duty industries.
1. Legislation is right around the corner: Legislation regarding safety is already making headway in Europe, and in the U.S. we are starting to see safety technology outpace the market’s ability to adapt the technology.
As the market shifts to ensuring operator safety, we are starting to see fleets demanding safety solutions be part of the most basic package. We anticipate that legislation will follow (similar to what occurred with the adoption of seatbelts, airbags, etc.) to incorporate back-up cameras, a back-up alarm, and a host of other radar and other early warning devices to provide safer worksites.
2. Connected Experience: Operators are faced with many challenges on a daily basis. At the end of the day, they are judged on the efficiency in which they operated their equipment and how safely they were able to complete their duties. PRECO recently took part in the Telogis Latitude 2015 Conference. Hosting the world’s largest manufacturers and heavy-duty customers, Telogis provided a snapshot of the evolving telematics market opportunity. We witnessed how the connected experience improves efficiency, captures key analytics regarding operator performance, and how safety technology is becoming a core pillar within the most basic telematics solution.
3. Advanced driver assistance (ADAS) technology is the gateway to Semi and Full Autonomy: 2015 witnessed the Freightliner Inspiration truck, the first licensed autonomous commercial truck in the U.S. From our perspective, ADAS is a combination of active alerts focused on aiding, alerting, and assisting in the operation of the vehicle. This increased insight is adding to the overall solution and changing the mentality of how technology can begin to play a larger role in supporting the market’s adoption towards full autonomy.
As we look toward the future, PRECO is keeping its eye on the ball. We look forward to working with our customers and partners to improve the operation of equipment and continue to create safe and efficient work environments.