IIHS touts effectiveness of automated braking systems

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Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Sept. 4, 2020:

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems could result in fewer crashes, IIHS study shows
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported results from an analysis in collaboration with the SmartDrive video-monitoring company that showed substantially fewer rear-end crashes by vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking technology (41% fewer) and forward-collision warning systems (44%). Those vehicles’ crash rates per vehicle miles traveled were compared with a control group that did not have the technology installed.

Overall, 22% fewer crashes were experienced by trucks equipped forward-collision warning and 12% fewer with AEB, compared to those without either technology.

The analysis included trucks operated by 62 different carriers and “covered some 2,000 crashes that occurred over more than 2 billion vehicle miles traveled during 2017-19,” IIHS said. “The analysis excluded incidents that weren’t serious enough to result in injury or significant property damage.”

ATA and Mack partnered to deliver supplies to Louisiana following Hurricane Laura.ATA and Mack partnered to deliver supplies to Louisiana following Hurricane Laura.

Mack Heroes Truck delivers hurricane relief supplies to Gulf Coast 
In the wake of the devastation Hurricane Laura’s caused on the Gulf Coast recently, American Trucking Associations is dispatching its Mack Heroes Truck to deliver relief supplies to the citizens of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The powerful storm left 19 dead in Louisiana and Texas, and damage estimates range from $8-to-$12 billion.

The Heroes Truck made the first of several planned deliveries on Monday, Aug. 31 and will continue to make deliveries over the coming days in coordination with the Louisiana Motor Truck Association, supported by donations from the trucking industry, including a $10,000 contribution from ATA Chairman Randy Guillot, president of Triple G Express and Southeastern Motor Freight.

ATA’s Heroes Truck honors America’s veterans with the support of Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. and Mack Trucks.