Doubling up on safety technologies

Research conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) indicates that fleets can greatly reduce the risk associated with driver drowsiness and fatigue through the use of multiple technologies within the cab. VTTI experts discussed fatigue and drowsiness along with safety system and driver wellness programs during a symposium last week. The event for fleet managers and insurance brokers was put on by Travelers Insurance and Northland Insurance in cooperation with VTTI and held at Travelers Claim University in Windsor, CT.

The VTTI and Travelers experts discussed topics focused on the impact of driver wellness, managing distraction, hours-of-service regulations and new technology on safety. According to Dr. Gregory M. Fitch, senior research associate in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at VTTI, 78% of crashes involve a driver not looking forward when the vehicle in front first applies its brakes.

There are a lot of single measure technology out there, Darrell S. Bowman, group leader for Advanced Systems & Applications at VTTI, told Fleet Owner. What we found is that if you use multiple measures it’s more effective. These include not only forward collision warning systems, but also lane departure warning and even eye-glance technology which can mitigate the danger of drowsiness and fatigue.

Technologies that rely on a single measure have some limitations, Bowman added, but if you can combine the systems, you can improve the quality. To read more, go to Doubling up on safety technologies.