NTSB logoThe National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday said it wants commercial trucks to carry event data recorders. The news follows the end of an investigation into a California crash between a truck and motorcoach that caused 10 fatalities in April 2014.

The investigation revealed inadequacies in fire performance standards for motorcoaches. However, the lack of event data recorders on the truck and motorchoach made the investigation more difficult to conduct, according to NTSB chairman Christopher Hart. The truck’s ECM was destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire.

Had the NTSB had access to event data recorders, Hart said in the article, the agency may have determined why the truck in the accident crossed the median.

[It] could have enabled us to make recommendations to prevent it from happening again,” Hart said.

Flight data recorders have been an asset in the aviation industry, Hart said in the article. Yet, he lamented, even with longtime recommendations from the NTSB, commercial trucks and motorcoaches today are not required to have data recorders. Time will tell if that will change in the future.

Read the full article here.

Wabco System introduced it latest collision mitigation system and it has some great improvements. The system uses a 77GHz radar which allows it to track both moving and stationary objects. Here is a list of some more great benefits.

  • Radar system works in all weather conditions
  • A dual-mode allows both long-range and adjacent lane views
  • The system provides active braking on moving, stopping and stationary vehicles to mitigate or prevent impending rear-end collisions.

WABCO safety systems deliver measurable, real-world benefits to fleets, Varty noted. He cited company data which indicated that fleets have seen 24 percent fewer fatalities when using OnGuard, 53 percent fewer rollovers with the company’s ESCsmart stability system and 5,200 fewer vehicle crashes thanks to its mBSP modular braking system.

Also of note: fleets using full suites of WABCO vehicle efficiency systems such as tire pressure monitoring systems and adaptive cruise control can realize up to 10 percent boosts in single vehicle fuel economy.  Read more…

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Cummins’ new approach is showing off their new “holistic” approach toward truck engine operation.  They are even going to tour the U.S. and Canada with a fleet of Cummins ISX15-powered heavy-duty trucks  from June through October of 2015.

The first is a new electronic control system called “ADEPT”

It stands for Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain Technology.

Available starting this summer, ADEPT packages together to two established features to boost fuel savings:

  • This disengages a truck’s engine automatically from the driveline when going downhill. Therefore, it returns it to idle to reduce drag, conserve vehicle momentum and, ultimately, improve fuel economy.
  • SmartTorque2 (ST2): This taps into the same torque management intelligence first introduced on the SmartAdvantage Powertrain. It helps eliminate unnecessary downshifts and keep the engine operating in the most fuel-efficient “sweet spot.”

Also, the aftertreatment system removes exhaust soot and particulate matter

This clean diesel technology leads to near zero emissions.  In addition, the setup was influenced by the make, model, and optional equipment.

Another key piece of the 2017 model ISX15 engine is the development of the new EcoFit single module aftertreatment system from the company’s Cummins Emission Solutions division. Fier said the “single-piece” design reduces the device’s size by 60% and weight by 40% compared to the prior version.

Overall, Cummins deployment of Connected Diagnostics™ gives drivers feedback within seconds of a fault occurrence. Therefore, this helps avoid unnecessary expenses and reduces the the chances of engine failure.

“By using telematics, we can transmit data instantly to Cummins dealers and distributors to help reduce the repair cycle and reduce downtime,” she said – pointing out that Cummins remains “agnostic” in terms of the telematics provider a fleet may choose to use.


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