NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Developing technologies will continue to reshape the trucking industry through reduced maintenance costs, increased safety due to lower driver fatigue and higher fuel efficiency, a Volvo Group official said here during a presentation at Heavy Duty Dialogue.
Rich Ferguson, a senior vice president at Volvo, said there are many technologies reaching the trucking industry that he “could not have thought of 15 years ago.”
“The change is upon us, and the change is moving forward today,” he said.
On the safety side, he pointed to studies that have found about 80% of accidents could be averted with technologies such as collision avoidance systems. He said these and other systems such as lane departure have the ability to warn a driver that he or she is fatigued and should get off the road before a potential accident occurs.
He said technology will help truckers better avoid potential trouble spots through real-time weather and traffic information, as well as warnings about obstacles in the road ahead, such as animals or debris.