Safety expert endorses truck driver assist tech

U.S. expert says safety technology worth investing in

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Choosing a safer truck with driver assist technology might not be a given for a truck purchaser.

There’s a lot to consider, not the least the potential extra outlay of running more modern trucks with tech like Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

But having these systems is worth the extra outlay according to Matt Camden, senior research associate at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in the U.S.

Speaking to, Matt says the technology is worth investing in, mainly because it is so effective today.

“The underlying hardware and software have become more precise and accurate,”

“All these systems are beginning to be integrated together. You can now purchase a collision mitigation system that includes both AEB and LDW.”

But does it make economic sense to invest in the tech? Matt says it does.

“Our research shows that each of these three technologies can have a positive return-on-investment with a fairly quick payback period.

“By reducing the number of crashes, and their associated costs, fleets are likely going to end up saving money in the long term by adopting these technologies.”

And if you’re not seeing a return on your investment, Matt says you might want to look at your driver training systems.

“Informing and training drivers on the safety technologies in their truck is critical.

“Fleets must train drivers on how these systems operate, how they will improve safety, and what to do when they are activated.

“For example, drivers need to be trained on what to expect when their experience an automatic emergency braking event.”

And he says we can expect even more advancements in AEB and LDW tech in coming years.

“We may also see advancements in heavy vehicle platooning technologies which include adaptive cruise control, dedicated short range communication devices, and possibly lane centring technologies.”

How do you feel about systems like LDW and AEB? Not convinced? Or would you not be without them? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

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