FMCSA allows LDWS sensors to be mounted lower in windshield

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Updated Nov 18, 2011

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted an exemption to enable Con-way Freight, TK Holdings and Iteris to mount lane departure warning system sensors lower in the windshield of a commercial motor vehicle than currently is permitted.

In November 2009, Con-way applied for an exemption to allow it to install lane departure warning system sensors on 1,272 of its newly purchased power units. Takata and Iteris submitted nearly identical exemption applications for their lane departure warning system sensors in December 2009 and February 2010, respectively.

Con-way, Takata and Iteris all stated that over the last several years, truck manufacturers have increased the windshield area to maximize driver visibility and that as a result, manufacturers have voluntarily installed larger windshield wipers on these windshields that increase the swept area beyond that which is minimally required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.