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Tech is your co-pilot. What’s changed?

August 1, 2017 by John Smith

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Advanced driver assistance systems like the ones that sound an alarm if you’re tailgating — or even apply vehicle brakes automatically — are proving themselves to be more than a novelty.

Schneider has already equipped 12,000 of its trucks with autonomous emergency braking systems that will act if a crash seems imminent. Related collisions have now dropped by 69% and their severity has plunged 95%, says Thomas DiSalvi, the fleet’s vice president – safety and loss prevention. “This is ready for prime time.”

The underlying technologies have clearly come a long way, according to participants in a roundtable hosted this week by the U.S. National Safety Council.

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NHTSA calls on fleets to report defects

February 27, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation is calling on truck fleets to notify it about vehicle manufacturing or design defects.

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U.S. moves closer to speed limiters

December 28, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

Speed limiters are the law in Ontario and Quebec, and the U.S. is now looking at using the technology to set top speeds anywhere from 95 to 110 kilometers per hour.

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U.S. truck-related fatalities up 4.1% in 2015

September 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – New data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatalities report shows that 2015 had a 4.1% increase over 2014 in crash fatalities involving large trucks.

There were 4,067 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks, the highest since 2008, the report states. Of the 4,067 fatalities, 667 (16.4%) were occupants of large trucks, 10.1% were non-occupants, and 73.5% were occupants of other vehicles.

The report does not account for fault in the crashes.

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U.S. fatalities in truck crashes up slightly in 2013

January 16, 2015 by Allan Janssen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fatal crashes involving large trucks were up slightly from 2012 to 2013, according to numbers crunched by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Although fewer truck occupants were killed in crashes (691 in 2013, compared to 697 in 2012), and fewer occupants of other vehicles too, there was a spike in the deaths of non-occupants, leading to an overall 0.5% increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks.

According to the NHTSA report, which you can read here http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812101.pdf , the number of non-occupants killed during a large-truck crash increased by 13 percent (49 people) from 2012 to 2013.

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Study says RSC Systems Better, Less Expensive Than ESC

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, VA. – Contrary to other studies, RSC technology is better and less expensive than ESC technology says a report. What this means for mandating ESC technology is unknown.

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Big Shoes to Fill

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

New stopping-distance regs can be handled by bigger s-cams in many cases, but what if you run heavy? Like it or not, it’s time to say hello to disc brakes.

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Stop Distance Rule: Coming Summer ’08

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

LAS VEGAS — A U.S. rule requiring a 20 to 30 percent stopping-distance reduction for highway trucks will be officially announced this summer, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official confirmed this week.

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Braking Point: There’s options for NHTSA’s stop distance rule

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — After more false starts than an old cabover on a February morning in Saskatoon, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a long-awaited new braking standard that cuts allowable tractor stopping distance by 30 percent.

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IMPROVING TRAILER BRAKE SAFETY: AN OTA REPORT

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Sudden loss of trailer service brakes can arise from a flaw that’s inherent in spring-brake priority systems that can be traced back to NHTSA regulatory changes in 1992.

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Big Shoes to Fill

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

New stopping-distance regs can be handled by bigger s-cams in many cases, but what if you run heavy? Like it or not, it’s time to say hello to disc brakes.

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HIGH-PERFORMANCE DRUMS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Bendix Spicer aims to launch new drum brakes to meet stopping-distance rules