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.
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.
Tom Loutzenheiser joined Preco in April 2015 and serves as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. In this role, Tom focuses on expanding partnerships with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and other strategic partners to enhance Preco Electronics’ growth and market leadership.
We recently sat down with Tom to discuss the future of safety technologies and how Preco is working with OEMs to provide companies with the proactive solutions they need to keep their fleets safe.
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.