Technology has brought countless benefits to mankind. From creating a more sustainable healthcare system to allowing for expansive creativity and social networking, it seems that technology has no bounds. So can the abundant benefits of technology stretch to the trucking industry as well? Many industry experts and professionals believe that newer technology can be the key to improving truck driver safety for the long haul.
What Type of Technology Is Out There?
While trucking companies have already implemented a variety of technological advancements to help cut back fuel expenses, ensure accurate driver feedback, and help their drivers get to their destinations faster, the advancements in trucking safety are the most important. Many trucking companies have already begun to utilize new safety measures to cut back on truck accidents and improve driver performance.
Some of the most common safety tools include:
- In-Cab Video – A camera that captures video footage of the driver within their cab. Combined with the computer feeds from the truck, it can create a real-time record of what is happening in any truck. This allows fleet directors to enforce rules in a moment’s notice and give stricter feedback on specific areas of weakness.
- In-Cab Navigation – These systems can cut down on driver distraction and confusion over where they are going. Some are even moving towards developing automatically input data from dispatch so that a drive doesn’t even have to waste time inputting the address into the system. This can help prevent last minute changes to a route or other issues that can lead to accidents.
- Collision Avoidance – This technology is an adaptive cruise control that helps maintain a constant distance between a truck and any vehicle in front of it. Some systems have automatic braking, radar, and alerts designed to warn the truck driver of the potential of rear-end collision.
- Roll Stability Control – This technology uses sensors to monitor vehicle dynamics and provide an estimate on truck stability. The sensors can also detect a rollover risk, automatically slowing a truck down to a safer speed.
- Lane Departure Warning – If a truck driver tries to enter another lane without signaling at a certain speed, they will be alerted and reminded to use their signal for safety reasons.
The goal of these technologies are to track and monitor a driver’s performance, provide them with feedback, and enforce training when necessary. As technology continues to develop, leaders in the trucking industry expect new advancements to lead to the installation of even more helpful safety features.
The Ultimate Responsibility of Trucker Safety
At the end of the day, the most important safety feature of any truck is still the driver inside of it. Even with all the most advanced safety features installed in a truck, if a driver is negligent or reckless, they can still cause a serious accident. The ultimate responsibility for truck safety rests on the shoulders of the driver and their company. No matter how advanced technology becomes, these individuals must still exercise extreme caution when on the road or monitoring drivers if they wish to continue to cut back on tragic truck accidents.
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