The latest on ADAS

The latest on ADAS

Adoption rates of ADAS continue to grow, and the newest features continue to be exciting and, much more importantly, potentially life-saving.

Over the decade that was the 2010s, one of the most exciting and fastest-growing areas of the trucking industry was the rise of advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS. They may have started out as the stuff of science fiction but soon became a reality: a truck that can, if the circumstances are right, stop itself to avoid a crash.

Now that we’re nearing the middle of the 2020s—which feels crazy to say but it’s true—adoption rates of ADAS continue to grow, and the newest features continue to be exciting and, much more importantly, potentially life-saving. Trucks on the road today can warn drivers about what’s in their blind spot or whether they’ve left their lane, and quickly slow the truck to a full stop from speeds as high as 50 miles per hour. We’ve come a long way since the days when cruise control was the latest in technology.

If you’re ordering trucks today, chances are they come with some form of ADAS as standard equipment, with additional features as potential options. Of course, you’ll want to check with your OEM on that, but ADAS has certainly been on a trajectory from being an optional extra to something that’s expected of the latest trucks. Every OEM either offers their own ADAS or one from a major supplier such as Bendix or ZF.

The latest features offered include active steering assist systems, lane keeping assist and many others. And of course, ADAS is one of the building blocks for another potentially exciting technology: autonomous trucks.

Benefits of ADAS include collision mitigation, driver safety improvements, lowered insurance premiums, and a host of others.

Evidence for their effectiveness can be found in a 2020 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which showed that forward collision mitigation technology can reduce front-end commercial vehicle accidents by up to 44%.

So when you’re ordering trucks, take a look at what ADAS your OEM has on offer, both in standard and optional offerings, and talk with both the OEM and the ADAS supplier to see which options might make the most difference to your fleet and drivers.

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