PORTLAND, Ind., May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Corey HeniserCEO of Electronic Brigade INC – a leading provider of road safety devices and solutions for commercial vehicles – discusses what can be done to protect transport and logistics drivers and prevent collisions.
Driving conditions for those who drive trucks in the transportation and logistics industries can be challenging. The pressure to meet delivery deadlines, coupled with long and arduous journeys in often difficult conditions, can test even the most skilled and experienced truckers.
According to Census Bureau Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)more than 71% of all goods in the UNITED STATES are transported by truck. As demand increases, the number of large vehicles on the road has increased. The latest 2019 statistics show that there are 37.9 million trucks registered and used for commercial purposes in the United States. This comes with a greater potential for collisions with other road users.
Cyclists are particularly at risk. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, 65% of bicyclist deaths in 2019 were caused by collisions with motor vehicles.
The size and design of modern commercial vehicles means that there are often many complex blind spots that drivers have to contend with – visibility around the vehicle can be limited. Despite advances in technology and the introduction of electronic security devices, incidents still occur.
As a result, fleet managers are choosing to install additional and more advanced on-board safety features on their trucks to maximize safety, protect drivers and prevent collisions. These include ultrasonic obstacle detection systems, which warn and alert drivers of a nearby object or person, whether moving or stationary.
Brigade’s latest ultrasonic obstacle detection range was developed using artificial intelligence technology and supported by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership initiative with Cambridge University. The result – Sidescan®Predict – was extensively tested in 2020 – and brought to market in November 2021 – with impressive results.
Through the use of AI, the Sidescan®Predict sensor continuously collects object detection data such as the speed and distance of a nearby cyclist or pedestrian. This data feeds an algorithm created by Brigade to accurately assess the risk of collision. When a hazard is detected, the driver is instantly alerted in time to take evasive action.
Sidescan®Predict is always activated, including at speeds below 30 km/h. And most importantly, collision protection is active with or without the indicators lit. This is particularly important as it is known that some drivers become irritated by false alerts, even avoiding the use of indicators so that their system does not trigger alerts, potentially endangering vulnerable road users.
With truck drivers under pressure like never before, it is vital for fleet operators to look for ways to protect drivers and other road users from collisions.
When it comes to accident prevention, commercial vehicle safety systems are a game-changer for drivers, providing increased protection and peace of mind.
SOURCE Electronic Brigade