How To Make The Best Of Advanced Safety Technology
Emma PaulineMarch 27, 2020Safety

How To Make The Best Of Advanced Safety Technology

Upgraded technology serving as a vice instead of a virtue? A fleet manager would relate!

Have you ever taken a sneak peek into your fleet vehicle to find the lane departure warning or blind spot monitoring disabled? Are you perplexed with the annoyance reported by the drivers in your fleet when all this piece of technology was supposed to serve was more convenience and safety? Perhaps you’d be glad to find more than a bunch in your situation.

ADAS – advanced driver assistance systems, was built with a potential to curtail crashes. Various surveys however suggest that this technology has more or less failed to serve its purpose due to a misperception.

A study by an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) stated that drivers often fail to understand important information communicated by system displays. The J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index Study pointed out that drivers often disable the ADAS due to its annoying nature.

Nevertheless, every technology comes in with its own set of pros and cons. While fleet managers find themselves in a web as they lay their focus on the cons of ADAS, this piece of technology, if understood with keen interest, is more pro safety. Let us first understand this technology and how it works towards preventing crashes in detail.

Crash Prevention Techniques

The IIHS has explained Crash Prevention techniques in an elaborate manner.

Front Crash Protection

Cameras, radar, or light detection and ranging (LIDAR), are used as sensors to detect and maintain a safe distance from vehicles in the front. A warning statement or beep is made to alarm the driver if he crosses the “safe distance” parameter. The brakes of the vehicle are automatically pre-charged to maximize the braking effect by the driver. In case the driver fails to respond to the warning in due time, the system will bring the vehicle to rest on its own.

Lane Switch/Prevention

A camera constantly monitors the vehicle’s position within a lane alarming the driver in case he’s slanting out without indication. These alarms are either audible or haptic. Some crash prevention systems feature a mild steering wheel adjustment or slight braking to avoid switching of lane without prior indication.

The Blind Spot

The blind spot is usually at the side of a vehicle. This spot is monitored by a camera and visual or audio alerts are given to the driver indicating a vehicle spotted around the blind spot. Some crash prevention systems feature a mild steering wheel adjustment of slight braking to maintain lane discipline and avoid a mishap.

Rear Crash Prevention

With cameras and sensors at the back of a vehicle, the rear view is magnified for a driver in comparison with the usual mirror view or peeping out procedure. For some vehicles, a rear view camera is an absolute requirement due to the vehicle structure. Often, camera systems, as well as systems that use radar or ultrasonic sensors, warn the driver if there are objects in the way while reversing. The rear cross-traffic alert system detects vehicles that are bound to cross from either side and behind the vehicle. These systems also feature a mild steering wheel adjustment of slight braking to avoid a collision.

Based on a couple of studies and surveys, let me now discuss with you the pros and cons of the ADAS.

Pros of ADAS

If perceived correctly, the crash prevention system comes with a myriad of benefits. A few to mention are;

Cons of ADAS

Unfortunately, the safety technology can prove to be more harmful than helpful if not used correctly. A few surveys have mentioned how the safety system has turned into an ironic disadvantage instead.

How can a Fleet Manager get his drivers accustomed to this technology?

As a fleet manager, you need to train your drivers to use the safety system to their advantage. You also need to educate your fleet to operate the system effectively. Drivers also need to understand what every alert indication actually means.

A fleet manager should also understand what features are nagging and what features are really helpful for his fleet by being mindful of which specific safety technology they have a vested interest in.

The Risk Factor

Every technology features its own vices and virtues. The ADAS only covers a fraction of behaviours that can be obtained from a vehicle, including telematics data, which should be recorded, collated, and analysed. 

Safety systems often require the driver to take charge of the situation in time which is challenging if the driver is drowsy or inattentive.

The safety system is more risky if not attended to properly in larger vehicles like trucks, etc.

Truck fleet managers should foster pre-trip inspections and issue guidelines to every driver in their fleet.

Note that the safety system you choose for your fleet is updated time and again. Vehicles that are four or five years old have higher rates of false positives while newer systems have a very low rate for the same.

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