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Results of crash-warning technology test to be released at meeting

September 16, 2010

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Findings from a yearlong field test on technology designed to enhance the safety of commercial trucks will be released this fall, researchers with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute announced Sept. 9.

According to a press release, researchers at Ann Arbor, MI-based UMTRI, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation and industry partners, will present the results of the test of an integrated system of crash warning technology at a public meeting in Ypsilanti, MI, on Oct. 20.

Eighteen commercial motor vehicle drivers from Ann Arbor-based Con-way Freight participated in a heavy-truck field test for 10 months. Drivers traveled 601,844 miles, made 22,724 trips and generated 13,678 hours of data. Researchers studied the effect the integrated warning system had on driver behavior. Findings show:

  • Most drivers perceived that the integrated crash warning system would increase driver safety.
  • The system made drivers more aware of the traffic environment.
  • Fifteen out of 18 drivers said they prefer a truck equipped with the integrated safety system and would recommend their employers purchase a system.

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