New York, NY- In an effort to improve trucking safety, the American Trucking Association (ATA) urged car manufacturers to make automatic emergency braking systems (AEB) standard on commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. They also urged federal agencies to develop a regulatory framework for AEBs crash avoidance technology.
According to Trucking Info, the ATA made their recommendation on October 20th at the conclusion of their annual Management Conference & Exhibition.
ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said, “The experience of our member fleets tells us that automatic emergency braking systems hold tremendous promise and as such, we believe manufacturers should make this equipment standard and the federal government should seriously look at issuing regulatory standards,” according to Trucking Info.
Automatic emergency braking systems monitor how close a vehicle is to another vehicle or an object and takes control of a vehicle’s braking when an emergency situation arises. According to Wikipedia, some studies have shown that automatic braking emergency systems can reduce overall traffic deaths by as much as 27 percent.
Automatic emergency braking systems are just one of the crash avoidance technologies both the ATA and the National Traffic Safety Administration recommended the trucking industry and the motoring public make other crash mitigation technologies standard. Over the past couple of years, the NHTSA, the ATA and the trucking safety advocates have proposed a number of technologies to make trucking safer including speed limiters and F-cam systems.
Earlier this year, the ATA criticized the NHTSA for not acting on their proposal to make speed limiters mandatory on all commercial trucks in the U.S. Speed limiters keep truck drivers from exceeding a specified speed, generally a maximum of 65 mph. This technology that could prevent some major truck accidents and would diminish the severity.
Safety advocates have also recommend the NHTSA consider making F-cam systems standard. These “forward cameras” would detect when a collision is imminent and alert the driver. Should the driver fail to respond, the automatic emergency braking system would then deploy the brakes. Such systems can significantly reduce fatigued and distracted driving truck accidents.
Crash avoidance technologies, including automatic braking systems, F-cam systems and speed limiters are slowly becoming standard on automobiles, so it is only a matter of time before these technologies become standard in the trucking industry.
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