NHTSA, FHWA turn to new technologies to improve highway safety

The top officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are touting advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS) technologies as part of the solution to improve safety for commercial vehicle operations.

During the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) virtual Trucking Safety Summit, James Owens, acting administrator of NHTSA, pointed out that in 2018, there were 4,415 fatal crashes involving large trucks, with 885 truck occupants killed. In those fatal crashes, however, the majority of those killed were occupants of other vehicles, as well as pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users…

NHTSA is also in phase two of field operational testing of a new generation of ADAS features for heavy vehicles. That includes blind-spot warning, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.