Safety Technology Improves Driver Safety
Trucking driving is one of the most dangerous jobs in Canada. Take Ontario as an example, in 2014, about 20% of the total fatalities were large truck collisions, according to Preliminary 2014 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report Selected Statistics. Totally 2,261 truck drivers got injured in collisions during the process of delivering goods from one part of Canada to another.
The trucking job requires drivers to be tightly focused on the road. However, drivers must handling multiple tasks while driving-contend with other motorists, adjust to changing circumstances such as varying weather conditions and sudden appearance of wildlife. Any distraction will cause dreadful consequences.
To stay out of the harm, logistics industry has tapped into truck monitoring technology to promote safety. The latest on-board technology takes many forms: GPS, cellular technology, in-cab cameras, automatic braking assistance and even the sprouting self-driving system
Safety technology will play an increasingly critical role of compensating human errors, mitigating accident risks and provide defensive driving situations for the truck drivers. Here are some of the most commonly adopted ones.
In-cab video camera
The driver-facing camera detects real-time driving behavior, capturing any unsafe action that might possibly cause severe consequence. It also reports any unauthorized stops or other unsafe practices.
Collision-avoidance technology utilize data from cameras and telemetry to identify the collision potential. It will alert or stop the drivers when they are about to run into an object. It also helps drivers maintain a constant distance with other vehicles.
Truck tracking system
A combination of satellite-based tracking and cellular network that allows carriers to remotely pinpoint the truck location and view what drivers are doing. The on-board recorder seamlessly integrates with the truck and the back -office system, providing fleet managers an unprecedented view of every action taken on the road.
Truck maintenance monitor
It detects the parts that need replacing or fix such as worn brakes and it alerts situations that need immediate attention.
Roll stability control system
The system uses sensors to detect the real-time dynamic of trucks and controls the axle or automaticity slows down the truck to prevent rollover possibility.