New FMCSA Video Series Claims These Technologies Could Eliminate 75,000 Crashes, Save 500 Lives Per Year

Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released a new video series to tout advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to truckers and industry stakeholders.

As part of FMCSA’s Tech-Celerate program, the Agency this week unveiled four new videos and two new guides championing the “safety benefits” of ADAS.

“The videos and guides are designed to improve industry awareness and to support adoption of proven ADAS technologies,” FMCSA said.




 

The four videos are narrated by long-time trucking radio host Dave Nemo and discuss ADAS technologies related to braking, warning, steering and monitoring functions.

Click HERE to view the videos.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the claims made in the video series.

Braking Systems

“Industry research estimates that approximately 5,300 rear-end collisions could be avoided each year if automated emergency braking (AEB) technologies were widely adopted eliminating more than 2,700 injuries and 55 fatalities,” the FMCSA asserts. “Add air disc brakes to the mix and more than 2,400 crashes could be avoided including 1,400 injuries and 37 fatalities each year.”

Warning Systems

“In-cab forward collision and blind-spot warning systems can make a huge difference when it comes to safety. Industry research estimates more than 20% of forward and side collisions could be avoided if all trucks were equipped with these advanced driver assistance systems,” the Agency contends.

 

Steering Systems

According to the video series, if lane-keeping assist and lane-centering technologies were widely adopted, 6,400 crashes could be avoided resulting in 1,300 fewer injuries and 115 fewer fatalities each year.

Monitoring Systems

Also according to the FMCSA, “Industry research estimates that approximately 63,000 crashes could be avoided each year if camera-based and camera mirrors were widely adopted eliminating more than 17,700 injuries and 293 fatalities.”


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While the Agency does not cite the specific sources of its “industry research” claims, the video series was produced in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council, the American Transportation Research Institute and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) Foundation.




 

What else is the FMCSA up to?

Earlier this month, the Agency announced plans to move full speed ahead on a project to help accelerate the widespread deployment and adoption of self-driving trucks.

As part of the project, the FMCSA intends to conduct a series of public outreach events to promote automated driving systems technology.

These outreach events will be specifically targeted at truck drivers and truck fleet managers.

Click HERE to read more.

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