Should Trucks Be Fitted With Crash Avoidance Features?
When it comes to crash avoidance technology, many manufacturers of passenger vehicles are already working on developing a series of features that have been saving the lives of its drivers for some years.
Today, a consumer is able to purchase a car that comes with features that will trigger autonomous systems that might even stop the car in the face of imminent danger, but when it comes to trucks and large vehicles, what are the odds these technologies will soon be available also to them? Unfortunately for many drivers around the country, trucks continue to be involved in a high rate of deadly accidents. That problem has been used by many safety experts who want to expose the risks associated with the lack of autonomous technologies available for trucks. According to them, these features could help truck drivers to stay safe while on the road.
Due to the increasing pressure, news reports have been claiming that manufacturers have been focused on working on developing features that will address this issue directly, especially after several reports indicated that trucks continue to be involved in major crashes.
The reports show that, soon enough, trucks will be able to use the same kind of features already present in several passenger vehicles, including automated braking – among others. Until then, features that alert truck drivers about oncoming vehicles or obstacles are being developed by a company in Ohio. According to the reports, the company is also working on developing automated braking features to go along with the warning system.
Some safety experts believe that once these trucks are fitted with the crash avoidance technology, many traffic accidents will be avoided, making roads safer for everybody sharing them.
While technology is far from perfect, the focus on making all vehicles safer, whether big or small, should be a main concern for all manufacturers.
Data shows that the number of auto crashes went up slightly in the past couple of years. If distraction has been directly associated with this increase, manufacturers are already working on developing solutions to these problems, leaving the rest of the responsibility to drivers who must also understand that they too bear responsibility for their driving.
Focus on the road, knowledge of the road rules, and understanding of basic defensive driving techniques help drivers of all kinds of vehicles to avoid accidents, and that is what drivers should focus on now until vehicles are more technologically advanced and perhaps, even accident-free.
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