If you’ve ever been behind the wheel and found yourself following a large truck on a single-lane road, then, you must have known how dangerous it feels to be in that position. Though the large truck might be driving at a relatively slower speed than most other vehicles, you can’t help feeling the discomfort of driving directly behind it because it completely blocks your view ahead and prevents you from overtaking it.
Road mishaps are some of the causes of the rise in human mortality rates. Notably, most of these mishaps occur on single-lane and double-lane roads, especially during attempts to overtake large trucks. Fortunately, owing to the innovations in the automotive industry, most of that may soon be considered history.
A safety truck has been designed with a cordless camera strategically positioned in front of it, which transmits a high resolution, lifelike, video image to a life-size video screen attached to the back of the massive truck to give the drivers of other vehicles a clear view of what’s happening in front of the truck. This innovation serves its purpose well, even at night.
This provision lowers the road misadventures that usually occur because of other vehicles trying to overtake large trucks without a clear view ahead to help them ascertain when it’s right to make the move. In addition, it also reduces the number of road disasters that occur because of sudden braking or a life form, such as an animal, crossing the road. This innovation, if fully embraced and implemented on a large scale, will prevent a lot of road mishaps and save many lives.
The Autonomous Truck Design
Autonomous trucks, as their label implies, are mostly automated. This technology is like the autopilot technology of the aviation industry in some ways. Autonomous trucks will go a long way in reducing the road disasters caused by human errors because they’re designed to operate with precision.
However, this innovation has its setbacks. Some of its challenges are the issues of cyber security since the autonomous trucks should be manned by cyber technology. Again, these trucks can’t perform efficiently without the adequate infrastructural improvements such as better roads, improved road signage, clearer lane markers and other high-tech highway-related communication devices, which are all needed to make them a success.
Onboard Safety System Designs
The Forward Collision Warning System
The forward collision warning system of a large truck is programmed to enhance the alertness and safety consciousness of a truck driver in transit. If for instance, an object is detected within a predetermined range from the truck, the forward collision warning system gives off a warning signal in form of an unmistakable sound. This device is designed to provide audiovisual warnings in the event of a detected, impending car accident.
The Lane Departure Warning System
The lane departure warning system is another great safety provision for large trucks. Like the forward collision warning system, it works by warning the driver of a large truck when a lane change is made without using a turn signal while the truck is traveling at a certain pre-computed speed. This will help the driver give the proper signals when changing lanes, which will, in turn, help other drivers know what courses of action to take to maintain road safety.
Roll Stability Control System
This system is a technology that works by using its sensors to monitor the movements of a large truck and provide a report on its stability while in motion. It computes this by the mass and velocity of the truck. The system is designed to detect a risk of rolling over via its sensors and automatically slow down the truck to prevent the detected disaster.