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Adoption of ADAS Semi-Truck Technology To Surge

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) continue to make inroads in the American trucking industry. Collaborative research by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America suggests that the market penetration of four semi-truck technologies will dramatically increase over the five-year period from 2016 to 2020. They are:

  • Lane departure warning 
  • Electronic stability control
  • Forward collision avoidance and mitigation
  • Blind spot detection

During the five-year period, use of lane departure warning systems in large commercial fleets is projected to more than triple, from 11 percent market penetration to 36 percent.

New Mandate for Electronic Stability Control

In 2015, approximately one-third of large fleets included electronic stability control (ESC) in their trucks. By 2020, about half of all trucks in large fleets will have the safety technology. A final rule established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in June 2015 specifically requires ESC on Class 7 and 8 tractors with a GVWR 26,000-lb or more. The federal agency estimates the mandate will prevent an estimated 1,759 crashes and save 49 lives every year. The rule applies to most large trucks manufactured from August 2017 forward.

Far More Trucks With FCAM

According to the study, the use of forward collision avoidance and mitigation (FCAM) technology will greatly expand, from 15 percent to 41 percent market penetration. In October 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began a federal rulemaking procedure which could eventually mandate FCAM systems in new large trucks. This would undoubtedly accelerate adoption. When large trucks do not stop in time for stalled traffic, the resulting rear-end collisions are often among the worst wrecks on our nation’s highways. Automated braking can outperform even the most experienced of professional drivers.

Sixfold Increase for Blind Spot Detection

Finally, blind spot detection technology will see the greatest percentage increase in adoption, according to the researchers. The researchers calculated that four percent of rigs in large fleets had the technology at the time of the study. By 2020, adoption should increase sixfold to 24 percent.

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