Between 2004 and 2013, road freight transport in the EU increased by around 60%. But while heavy trucks accounted for 11% of Europe’s vehicles, they were also responsible for 15% of road traffic accident deaths.
There has been much speculation about why this is the case. I imagine size clearly plays a part, but so too does the complex coexistence between HGVs and cars on our roads. Whatever the reason, I know I’m not alone in saying something needs to change.
Road transport is the backbone of freight logistics and the number of trucks is going to keep rising. The question is how to reduce the number of avoidable collisions?
Advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, incorporate sensing technology to monitor – and take action to avoid – crashes. As they grow in popularity, we are increasingly seeing them as standard features in new trucks, and they can be retrofitted into older trucks as well.
Today’s ADAS technology incorporates forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian and cyclist detection, and speed limit recognition. It is able to monitor what is happening around the truck as well as giving drivers notification when they are approaching ‘trouble zones’.
I’ll admit, I’ve never been great at accepting help, but I’ll take all the help I can get if it makes me a better driver.
What do you think? Is ADAS improving road safety as much as the tech companies claim?