NTSB hosts safety tech roundtable
There is no doubt one of the big stories in heavy vehicles and trucking in recent years has been the arrival of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Technologies such autonomous emergency braking and driver warning systems have been developed to help reduce the frequency of accidents caused by driver error.
But with the new tech comes issues that the truck industry needs to work through.
Next week in the U.S. the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Safety Council (NSC) will hold a roundtable discussion to examine the barriers and safety benefits of using ADAS.
Nearly two-dozen trucking industry professionals, government officials, safety advocates, researchers and more will participate.
Some of the main points on the agenda, according to the NTSB, will be a look at how existing ADAS technologies could prevent or mitigate truck crashes.
The roundtable will also investigate why many trucking organizations and operators have not fully embraced the new technologies.
While there will also be discussion on whether governments should regulate to make these technologies compulsory, or whether voluntary adoption of safety technologies is more appropriate.
Experts from the organisations including the American Trucking Associations, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks and WABCO will be in attendance.
The discussion comes after a worrying increase in accidents involving heavy vehicles in the U.S. in recent years.
More than 4,300 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data.
We will bring you more details on the U.S. discussions as they come to hand.