On July 21, 2015, United Parcel Service (UPS) announced that it intends to outfit each new 18-wheeler entering its fleet with a collision mitigation system manufactured by Ohio-based Bendix, according to Market Watch. UPS demonstrated the technology at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Many Trucks to Get Technology During the First Year
During the first year, UPS expects to add the system to 2,600 new trucks. Of particular interest to those concerned with semi tractor-trailer accidents on the nation’s roadways is adaptive cruise control, which maintains a preset distance between the UPS big rig and the vehicle directly in front of it.
The technology features many of the safety systems found on today’s cars, pickups and SUVs, including adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, and anti-lock air disc brakes. Bendix, the system designer, manufactures brake control systems for both medium and heavy-duty trucks buses and other large commercial vehicles across North America.
Federal Agency Urges Greater Use of Collision Mitigation Systems
In May 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended in a report that every new passenger and commercial vehicle be equipped with a collision warning system. NTSB research concluded that such equipment, when used along with active braking systems, reduces the number of rear-end accidents.
Rear-end Collisions a Serious Problem
Rear-end crashes are a significant problem. For example, in 2012 there were more than 1.7 million such collisions in the United States. These accidents injured approximately one-half-million individuals, and they killed approximately 1,700 people.
The NTSB researchers conducted an in-depth analysis of approximately one dozen severe rear-end collisions. One example was a fatal Kentucky wreck on Interstate 65 that occurred on March 3, 2013. A number of vehicles had significantly slowed due to a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder. A semi tractor-trailer approached this lineup of vehicles, and the driver was unable to stop in time. The big rig then rear-ended a Ford Expedition SUV, and six of the vehicle’s eight occupants died as the vehicle became engulfed in flames.
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