Each year, more than 4,000 people die in major truck accidents. This shocking death toll equates to all passengers on ten fully loaded 747s. Yet we are largely immune to carnage due to its chronic nature. Collision Avoidance Technology (CAT) systems have the proven potential to significantly reduce the number of large truck accidents and save lives. The time has now arrived. CAT systems should be standard equipment on all large trucks.
Human error is the cause of most truck accidents. Automated driving systems can reduce the number of large truck accidents because these systems remove human error from the equation. Fully autonomous driving systems to replace the human operator of the vehicle, while CAT systems, the technology at the heart of fully autonomous systems to help the human vehicle operator, who still retains overall control of the vehicle. Fully autonomous trucks are currently being tested on our roads, but reported crashes of passenger self-driving vehicles should rightly give us a break from releasing fully self-driving trucks into truck fleets in the near future. However, CAT systems are are beginning to be implemented in truck fleets and are showing measurable safety benefits. There is no longer any excuse for CAT systems not being standard equipment on all large trucks.
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