post on the Truck Safety Coalition website suggests that forward collision
avoidance and mitigation (FCAM) with automated emergency braking could
reduce the disastrous effects of
trucking accidents in the Bakken and beyond. It is estimated that large trucks strike vehicles
in the United States about 30,000 times per year. These accidents are
responsible for about 15,000 injuries and 300 fatalities. With
truck freight volume expected to rise 45 percent by 2040, the potential for more accidents
will also rise without new safety measures.
FCAM technology uses radar and/or sensors to detect an imminent collision
and automatically slow the vehicle. Automated emergency braking systems
react quicker than even the most experienced truck drivers.
Reducing the Frequency of Rear-end Collisions
Research conducted over the past decade affirms the efficacy of various
forward collision avoidance systems. One FCAM manufacturer claims large
trucks equipped with its system experienced an
87 percent decrease in rear-end collisions. A 2009 study concluded that FCAM 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.
The newer radar-based FCAM 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
Future Mandate Possible
In 2015, various safety organizations asked the
National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration(NHTSA) to require such systems on trucks in the future. NHTSA responded
by beginning a process that may lead to future FCAM mandates. The agency
responded affirmatively, saying that, “FCAM systems have the potential
to save lives by preventing or reducing the severity of rear-end crashes."
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