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ARLINGTON, VA (September 13, 2017) – The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) thanks Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for holding this important hearing, “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways.” We look forward to working with members of the committee as well as safety advocates, technology companies, and leaders in the trucking industry to continue discussing the role of autonomous technologies in commercial motor vehicles and to develop an oversight framework that prioritizes safety first.

TSC recognizes the potential safety benefits of autonomous technologies in trucking, especially at a time when truck crashes continue to climb. Since 2009, truck crashes have gone up by 45 percent, resulting in a 20 percent increase in truck crash fatalities and a 57 percent increase in truck crash injuries. To make matters worse, truck vehicle miles decreased by 3 percent in that same time, meaning that the truck crash involvement, truck crash injury, and truck crash fatality rates have all increased over the past six years.

While TSC is excited that autonomous technologies have the potential to prevent and mitigate thousands of crashes resulting from human error, we also want to ensure that the process for testing and developing AV technology in trucks does not jeopardize public safety. As we continue to figure out the details of the regulatory framework associated with AV technology, we urge lawmakers to work towards mandating automatic emergency braking and heavy vehicle speed limiters on all trucks. Both of these technologies serve as building blocks to achieving a fully autonomous truck, and, more importantly, can reduce crashes, prevent injuries, and save lives today, rather than several years from now.


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Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology is a proven highway safety technology that could and will save countless lives and prevent injuries.  Unfortunately, after years of study and successful use by leading motor carriers, this technology has yet to be required for commercial motor vehicles.  As the public endures continued delays to require equipment that is readily available, families across the nation have had to pay the ultimate price.
In order to prevent these needless deaths and injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should mandate AEB technology on all large trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more. While the agency granted the petition submitted on February 19, 2015 by the Truck Safety Coalition, Road Safe America, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Center for Auto Safety this past October, action is long overdue and we call on NHTSA to produce a final rule.
NHTSA estimates that current generation AEB systems can prevent more than 2,500 crashes each year and that future generation systems could prevent more than 6,300 crashes annually. Every year a full implementation of AEB is delayed, research estimates that 166 people will unnecessarily die and another 8,000 individuals will suffer serious injuries. In a September 2018 study, the NHTSA found that AEB systems have an incremental cost to the end user of $70.80-$316.18.
To save these lives, prevent injuries, reduce costs, and ensure families remain whole, we call on Congress to immediately mandate AEB technology in all large trucks by passing H.R. 3773, the Safe Roads Act. To get involved in this effort, we invite you to send a message to your Senators and Representative to educate them about the benefits of requiring this technology in the heaviest vehicles on our roads.

Links to More Information on Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) in Large Trucks:


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Large Truck Fact Sheet 2017

Study on Cost and Weight of Forward-Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking in Large Trucks

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Incomplete (Due September 2018) – Research and Testing to Accelerate the Adoption of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Systems in Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Vehicle Ramming Attacks: Threat Landscapes, Indicators, and Countermeasures

Federal Register

Grant of petition for rulemaking: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard; Automatic Emergency Braking; NHTSA-2015-0099

AEB Manufacturers

Meritor Wabco

OnGuardACTIVETM Collision Mitigation System

Meritor WABCO’s OnGuard™ Collision Mitigation System Marks 10th Anniversary


Bendix Continues Ongoing Commitment to the Improvement of Highway Safety

Bendix® Wingman® Fusion TM

Detroit (A Daimler Subsidiary)

Detroit Assurance® 5.0

AEB is Standard on some of the most popular truck models:

Volvo VNL 760,

Peterbilt 579,

Freightliner Cascadia,

Mack Anthem, and

every new International Truck

Research on Effectiveness of AEB

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Automatic Emergency Braking Systems: Leveraging Large-Truck Technology and Engineering to Realize Safety Gains

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Optimizing Large Vehicles for Urban Environments: ADAS

SAE International

Effectiveness of a Current Commercial Vehicle Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation Systems



Shiny-side Up: Advanced Crash Avoidance Technologies That Can Reduce Heavy Truck Crashes

Performance Characterization and Safety Effectiveness Estimates of Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation Systems for Medium/Heavy Commercial Vehicle



Automatic Braking In Trucks Will Lag Cars By Years

Commercial Carrier Journal

Emergency braking an area where trucking can lead 4-wheeler technology

Logistic companies, fleets reporting significant reduction in accidents with collision mitigation, RSC, ESC

Meritor Wabco Collision Mitigation System Improves Safety: Study


VW to step up spending on automated truck technology

Deutsche Welle

Automatic brakes stopped Berlin truck during Christmas market attack


Automatic Emergency Braking – Prime Time for Regulation