What is a collision mitigation radar-based system? This type of radar-based sensor was designed and established in order to help improve the safety of trucks and to prevent future truck accidents. It is a “forward-looking” system that includes collision warning signals and adaptive cruise control (ACC) with active braking.
What Is the Purpose of the System?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is a federal agency within the United States Department of Transportation, all collision mitigation systems are designed to “enhance vehicular safety by automatically preventing or reducing the impact of rear-end collisions.”
How Does a Collision Mitigation Radar System Work?
The system has a predefined limit, or distance, in front of the truck, and will sound the warning signals if a truck comes within this predefined distance. The collision mitigation radar, which is mounted on the front bumper of the vehicle, works by submitting high-frequency radio waves that bounce off of the vehicle in front of them to calculate the distance and speed of the target vehicle. For a truck that is approaching the rear of a vehicle moving at a much slower speed, the alarm system will be sounded for the truck driver to alert him or her that they will need to slow down. Some of these collision detection signals can even detect a vehicle up to 500 feet away, which can be beneficial to bring a truck to a slower speed or possibly a stop to prevent a collision altogether.
It’s Important to Keep Protecting Our Drivers
With new and innovative technology to help protect the drivers of the road, the rate of fatalities and truck accidents may decrease each year. This is important because trucking is and will continue to be a vital part of the American economy. Knowing how trucking companies and individual drivers can be a part of this ongoing solution is vital.
It is important to promote intelligent and workable solutions to help keep American drivers safe. Burgeoning technology such as that exemplified by the collision mitigation radar-based system is exciting and demonstrates real solutions for the problem of dangerous roadway hazards posed by massive 40-ton tractor-trailers. It is exciting to see these new technologies being implemented in order to help protect Americans on the road.
The Safety Statistics Are Alarming
Here are a few facts about truck safety and why we need more advancements like collision mitigation radar systems in the area of roadway safety technology:
- 30,196 fatal crashes occurred in 2010 in the United States.
- Of this number, 3,500 involved large trucks.
- It is more likely for an accident involving a multi-vehicle crash with one or more fatalities to involve a large truck than for it to involve a passenger vehicle.
- In 2010, over 3,400 individuals lost their lives in large truck crashes. Only 14% of these fatalities were the occupants of large trucks; 72% were occupants of passenger vehicles and 13% were pedestrians, motorcyclists, or cyclists. This demonstrates the uneven danger posed to other vehicles by large trucks.
- In 2010, the fatality rate for tractor-trailer crashes was 1.58 per 100 million miles traveled.
- The number of deaths caused by large truck-related accidents in the United States every year is equivalent to 36 commercial airline crashes annually.
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