Should Commercial Vehicles Be Equipped with Automated Driving Systems?

Photo of a Truck Driving Down the Highway

You have probably heard about automated driving systems that are being installed in self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles. Automated driving systems, or ADS, were designed to improve safety in all types of vehicles and to prevent serious accidents to occur. The U.S. Department of Transportation has played a huge role in improving ADS technology, and one of the most recent advancements has been with commercial vehicles.

Why Should Commercial Vehicles Have ADS Technology?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for providing and regulating safety management for motor carriers that operate commercial motor vehicles, or CMVs. CMVs can include trucks, buses or other transportation vehicles.

In July 2018, the FMCSA announced a public listening session where they discussed information on issues involving the design, testing, development and integration of ADS-equipped CMVs in the country. Specifically, the session related to the safety integration of ADS into CMVs and how it will prevent  accidents and injuries.

ADS technology would help decrease accidents and injuries involving CMVs by:

  • Designing the vehicles to maneuver the roadways safely.
  • Installing safety sensors that will alert the vehicle to stop in front of pedestrians, other motorists, and environmental hazards.
  • Producing alerts over potential software errors.
  • Increasing safety reliability

If you would like to know more about new safety regulations that can help reduce car accidents, stay updated on our website. Contact our James McKiernan Lawyers today if you would like a free consultation.

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