How safety technology affects the trucking industry and improves road safety

What you need to know about FCAM (and why all trucks should have it)

What is FCAM? We throw around a lot of trucking safety terms. The talk can get very technical. For example: NHTSA identifies forward collision avoidance and mitigation technology (FCAM) technologies as the systems that combine forward collision warning alert signals with collision mitigation braking.  There's a much easier explanation. 1) Radar detects a pending crash; and 2) Automatic braking prevent it. [...]

2017-03-09T19:20:23+00:00March 9th, 2017|Trucking Technology|

Are speed limiters in heavy trucks really a good idea?

The idea is that semi-trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles shouldn't be able to speed on U.S. roads and highways. In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration jointly proposed that all new trucks, buses, and commercial passenger vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds have speed limiting devices [...]

2016-12-13T20:39:00+00:00December 13th, 2016|Trucking Technology|

Trucking Tech: New crash avoidance system study results are amazing

A couple of years ago, a Walmart truck rear-ended a limo van at a ridiculously high rate of speed. One man was killed, and several others seriously injured—including actor Tracy Morgan. That crash was investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This slide from the NTSB’s presentation shows the crushed interior of the limo [...]

2016-06-17T18:43:18+00:00June 17th, 2016|Trucking Technology|

Trucking Tech: Watch how a $30k retrofit makes an autonomous truck

A tech start-up is betting on an autonomous truck hitting the road in the U.S. —and soon. The former Google engineers at Otto designed a $30,000 kit that can retrofit semi-trucks with new autonomous driving technology. The autonomous truck package includes extra cameras, radar, and lights sensors. A computer gathers all of that information, adds [...]

2019-01-28T00:34:45+00:00June 1st, 2016|Trucking Technology|

All heavy trucks should have crash-avoidance braking systems by now

This is a “forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking” system. Volvo shows how the auto-braking system could prevent thousands of rear-end truck crashes a year When radar and sensors detect a slow-moving vehicle or stopped car ahead, the “F-CAM” system warns the truck driver. If the driver doesn’t brake, the system takes over [...]

The very first self-driving semi truck to hit the road

The first self-driving semi truck in the U.S. is officially on the road in Nevada. Freightliner, the creator of the autonomous commercial truck, compares the Highway Pilot system to the autopilot on commercial airplanes. The semi-truck can be switched to autonomous autopilot on the highway, and it uses stereoscopic cameras and radar sensors. The truck can [...]

2019-01-28T00:35:44+00:00May 12th, 2015|In the News, Trucking Technology|