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Forward Collision Mitigation Semi-Truck Technology Gaining Momentum

post on the Truck Safety Coalition website suggests that forward collision mitigation (FCM) with automated emergency braking could reduce the impact of large truck collisions in the United States.

It is estimated that large trucks strike vehicles about 30,000 times per year. These accidents are responsible for about 15,000 injuries and 300 fatalities, so any semi-truck technology that reduces collisions is worth considering. With truck freight volume expected to rise 45 percent by 2040, the potential for more accidents will also rise without new safety measures.

FCM systems should not be confused with forward collision warning systems. FCM technology uses radar and/or sensors to detect an imminent collision and automatically slow the vehicle. FCM systems can react quicker than even the most attentive CDL drivers.

Significant Reductions in Rear-end Collisions

Research conducted over the past decade confirms the efficacy of various forward collision avoidance systems. One FCM manufacturer asserts that large trucks equipped with its system experienced an 87 percent decrease in rear-end collisions. A 2009 study concluded that FCM reduced large truck accidents by 23.8 percent. When University of Michigan researchers looked at forward collision mitigation systems, they calculated that they could reduce deaths in rear-end collisions by 44 percent.

Coping With Inclement Weather

The newer radar-based systems can even handle snow squalls, thick fog and heavy rain. When visibility is suddenly reduced to minimal distances, the automated emergency braking included in such system may avert a rear-end collision.

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