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Home > Blog > Performance > Big Plans for Big Rigs Blog
Kevin Butler

Kevin Butler

Auto Parts Network

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January 31st, 2013


Big Plans for Big Rigs

Sometimes the road is a scary place, and for some drivers having a semi at a close vicinity doesn’t help—the possibility of such a huge truck behind you isn’t the best situation when you might have to stop suddenly. So, in an effort to prevent these accidents (and even fatalities), crash-avoidance technology has recently been the focus of truck makers and the federal government.

One truck maker already making moves toward a safer big rig is Volvo, who recently equipped one of their trucks with an automatic emergency brake. One Volvo system combines a forward radar and camera to scope out vehicles on the road as well as a computer algorithm to apply the brakes.

You can watch this system in action here.

This demonstration probably had both drivers nervous but thanks to the system, you can see how well it actually works. With the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lobbying for electronic stability controlled (ESC) large trucks and buses, it seems like this Volvo system could be one of the solutions for safer big rigs. NHTSA reports that trucks with an ESC can prevent up to 56% of rollovers and 14 percent of loss-of-control crashes.

Learn more about the crash avoidance technology here.

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