With interest in collision avoidance technology for highway vehicles on the rise, this report
presents an overview of current collision avoidance technology, the technical work required to
bring these systems to a commercially viable product, and the societal issues that need
addressing before wide-scale deployment can occur. Many questions remain about the benefits
of deploying such systems, the costs, the effect of these systems on drivers, and the steps
necessary to effectively regulate vehicles equipped with such systems.
In addition to technical aspects, the report also discusses the issues that society will face
during development and deployment of these systems, which may prove bigger impediments to
deployment than technical issues. The report also recommends a research plan to perform
fair, unbiased evaluations of emerging collision avoidance technology.
Shankwitz, Craig; Donath, Max.
Collision avoidance: smart trucks on rural roads.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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