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UPS tractor-trailers getting collision-avoidance technology

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AVON, Ohio -- UPS, which has a fleet of 16,000 tractor-trailers, says it will install collision-mitigation and stability-control technologies on each 18-wheeler that enters its fleet, starting with 2,600 trucks this year. These are driver a

AVON, Ohio -- UPS, which has a fleet of 16,000 tractor-trailers, says it will install collision-mitigation and stability-control technologies on each 18-wheeler that enters its fleet, starting with 2,600 trucks this year.
"These are driver assistance technologies, not driver replacement technologies," said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of customer solutions – Controls Group. "Even with these technologies, the big rig driver is always in control. The system supports safe drivers and safe driving practices."
The technology going on UPS trucks includes lane departure warnings, electronic stability control to prevent rollovers and loss of control, blind-spot detection and anti-lock air disc brakes.
Paul Savill, a UPS freight driver who has made over 80,000 pickups and drop-offs over 17 years without an accident, said the collision-warning system goes a long way towards enhancing safety on the highway.
"Early on in my career I realized I had the responsibility to look out for other people's lives," he said.
The National Transportation Board has recommended that all passenger and commercial vehicles have collision-warning systems. In a report out in May, the NTSB concluded the equipment reduces the number and severity of rear-end collisions, especially when paired with "active braking" that kicks in if a driver doesn't apply the brakes in a near-collision situation.
In 2012, there were more than 1.7 million rear-end crashes on U.S. roads, killing more than 1,700 people and injuring another 500,000.
The NTSB took an in-depth look at about a dozen such accidents in reaching its findings. One was the March 3, 2013, crash on Interstate 65 near Elizabethtown, Kentucky, when a tractor-trailer hit a Ford Expedition that was at the rear of a line of vehicles that had slowed because of a disabled car on the right shoulder of the road.
The tractor-trailer pushed the Ford SUV into another vehicle. Six of the Ford's eight occupants were killed when the car was engulfed in flames. The driver of the truck-tractor reported to police that he "didn't hit the brakes in time."
The NTSB has a long history of investigating rear-end crashes and has pushed for technological counter measures since 1995. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012 said that collision-avoidance technologies such as sensors to detect vehicles should be standard for not only passenger vehicles, but also commercial trucks.
Bill Lazarski, a UPS driver who has driven without an accident for 36 years, said he had doubts about collision-avoidance technology at first. But after a year of using it, Lazarski said he's convinced it can increase road safety.
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