Many crashes that involve a big rig can quickly become catastrophic, simply due to the large scale of the vehicle. With distracted drivers of cars (and yes, sometimes big trucks!) on the road, it’s important to take every possible safety measure to ensure that drivers and the public reach their destinations safely. Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation Technology (also known as FCAM), helps prevent devastating crashes by providing early warning and action to keep everyone safe on the road.
How FCAM Works
Forward collisions are often avoidable, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration believes that FCAM technology could prevent upwards of 2,500 crashes each year alone. FCAM is an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) — a type of technology that alerts truck drivers that there is trouble ahead and takes the additional step of actively attempting to avoid the collision. FCAM can help by sensing an imminent impact and reducing overall speed via a type of cruise control mechanism.
Advanced Safety Features
FCAM has its roots in anti-lock braking systems, yet another way that heavy trucks have been made safer over the years. As of June 2015, all Class 7 and Class 8 tractors were required to add electronic stability control. Lane departure warnings are another safety measure that is still being implemented in many trucks. These platforms continue to evolve as engineers look for ways to reduce the thousands of traffic-related deaths on an annual basis by making trucks and all moving vehicles safer to operate.
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