The trucking and transportation industry has always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to improving driver comfort and safety. With advancements in technology, Carter Express has identified a few systems that can revolutionize the way drivers work and improve their overall performance.
One of the most promising technology innovations in the trucking industry is autonomous driving. While fully autonomous trucks may not become widespread this year, there are many advancements being made in semi-autonomous driving, which can help improve driver safety and comfort while on the road.
Semi-autonomous driving systems can help drivers by automating certain driving tasks, such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. This technology can reduce fatigue and alleviate some of the stress of long-haul driving. For example, a Canadian start-up company is testing high-tech sensors that prevent accidents and enable fuel monitoring. The retrofit robot-as-a-service (RaaS) system enables truck automation for middle-mile transportation and incorporates an autopilot feature for conventional trucks, which increases driver and vehicle safety on roads.
Driver Assistance Technologies
Driver assistance technologies, such as warnings for collisions, lane departures and blind spots, offer the potential to reduce traffic crashes and save thousands of lives each year. Of all motor vehicle crashes, many are tied to human error, which is where driver assistance technologies come in.
A forward collision warning system monitors the truck’s speed, the speed of the vehicle in front of it and the distance between the vehicles. If the truck gets too close to the vehicle ahead, the system will warn the driver of an impending crash. A lane departure warning system monitors lane markings and alerts the driver when it detects that the vehicle is drifting out of its lane. Rear cross traffic warnings alert the driver of potential collisions while in reverse that may be outside the view of the backup camera. Blind spot warning systems alert drivers with an audio or visual warning if there are vehicles in adjacent lanes that the driver may not see when making a lane change.
It’s important to note that these technologies only provide a warning to the driver and do not take action to avoid a crash. That’s up to the professional driver behind the wheel!
In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems
In-vehicle monitoring systems are becoming increasingly popular in the trucking industry. Designed to keep drivers safe on the road, these systems use advanced technology to monitor driver behavior and identify signs of fatigue or distraction.
Some monitoring systems may include a camera installed inside the cab to track a driver’s eye movements, while others may utilize sensors in the seat to measure heart rate and other biometric data. When the system detects signs of distraction or drowsiness, it will send an alert to the driver or fleet manager, reducing the risk of accidents caused by driver fatigue. Overall, in-vehicle monitoring systems are a cutting-edge trend with the potential to greatly improve driver safety and wellbeing on the road.
The trucking and transportation industry is constantly evolving with new technological trends, and 2023 is set to be no exception. As these technologies continue to advance and develop, we can expect even more exciting innovations to emerge in the future, building a safer and better future for professional drivers.
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