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ctive safety systems are nothing new for the commercial vehicle industry. However, it seems the industry is reaching a tipping point at which
comprehensive safety systems can be integrated into a fleet, either at
the time the vehicle is manufactured or as a retrofit specification, to
deliver the benefits they offer and reach new levels of autonomy on
a widespread scale.
Currently, the rate and scope at which fleets choose to implement
such technologies into their vehicles varies widely. As more fleets adopt
these technologies, the database of information they produce grows
ever larger, and with this expanse of data comes a clearer understanding of how these systems can benefit a fleet and the industry as a whole.

The current state of safety systems

Safety, perception, control, and automation are among the primary benefits active safety systems can provide when specified
on a commercial vehicle. These active safety systems monitor
a vehicle's surroundings to a greater extent than what the eyes
of a driver can accomplish. Control over vehicle maneuverability also goes beyond what a driver - experienced or not - is able to

observe and translate into action, as utilization of perception devices
and the translation of the gathered data is relayed into maneuvers
actuated by the vehicle. Automation is achieved through varying
degrees and in varying circumstance; from emergency vehicle braking to driverless vehicles, automation of a vehicle relies on the further
integration of components and systems into existing systems such as
acceleration, steering, and braking.
Some of today's most common active safety system features include
collision mitigation and emergency braking, active cruise control, and
lane keep assistance. An active safety system will first alert the vehicle
operator through haptic, visual, and/or audible warnings. If the driver
does not respond, the system will engage to mitigate a road incident.
Collision mitigation and emergency braking go hand-in-hand; utilizing forward-facing radar and camera technology, objects in front of the
vehicle are continuously monitored. If imminent contact with an object,
such as another vehicle or a pedestrian, is detected, these systems can
relay information to corresponding vehicle control systems to initiate
deceleration and/or braking.
Adaptive cruise control systems also utilize radar and camera technology to establish and maintain a predetermined distance between
other vehicles. Some adaptive cruise control systems can even bring
the vehicle to a full stop and then resume driving, in accordance with
the surrounding traffic, all without driver intervention.
Active safety systems surrounding lane assistance utilize
side-mounted radar systems, as well as forward-facing camera
and radar components, in order to continuously monitor the
surroundings of the entire truck and trailer. Features include
blind spot monitoring and corrective steering.
Specifying vehicles with active safety system technology is ongoing. Continued adoption of these active
safety systems will allow fleets to create, gather,
and utilize data sets from these systems. It remains
to be seen how the data these systems create and
collect will be be utilized by fleets, truck original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and technology companies in order to continue down
the path of more wide-spread
vehicle automation.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: Top Industry Trends in 2020 and Beyond
How Active Safety Systems Pave the Way to Vehicle Autonomy
Vehicles: Steps to Understand and Prevent Corrosion
In the Bay: Remote Vehicle Management Enters a New Phase
Shop Operations: How to Prevent, Contain, and Clean Up Shop Spills
Management: A Guide to World-Class Maintenance
Training: What is a Bistable Relay?
Reman, Rebuild, Replace: What's the Difference Between a Supplier and a Supply Partner?
Diagnostics: Four Steps of an Effective Maintenance Program
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Guest Editorial: Trends in Asset Telematics
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: Top Industry Trends in 2020 and Beyond
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Fleet Maintenance - How Active Safety Systems Pave the Way to Vehicle Autonomy
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: A Guide to World-Class Maintenance
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Fleet Maintenance - Reman, Rebuild, Replace: What's the Difference Between a Supplier and a Supply Partner?
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