UPS tractor-trailers getting collision-avoidance technology

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Returntosender, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    AVON, Ohio -- UPS, which has a fleet of 16,000 tractor-trailers, says it will install collision-mitigation and stability-control technologies on each 18-wheeler that enters its fleet, starting with 2,600 trucks this year.

    The advanced braking system, made by Elyria-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, helps maintain a set distance between a UPS rig and the vehicle in front of it. Tractors fitted with the technology also automatically slow to avoid a collision.

    "These are driver assistance technologies, not driver replacement technologies," said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of customer solutions – Controls Group. "Even with these technologies, the big rig driver is always in control. The system supports safe drivers and safe driving practices."
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  2. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

  3. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    Yeah, because we can't figure out how to stay back, we need goofy automatic brakes
  4. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    I stay so far back anyway I doubt I'll even notice them.
  5. rod

    rod retired and happy

    How the hell can you stay back when the highways are bumper to bumper with traffic? Any space cushion you try to leave is immediately filled by some idiot
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  6. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    Than you re-establish your space cushion. Safety first!
  7. SCV good to go sir.

    SCV good to go sir. Active Member

    Should have developed magnetic force fields that repels any car that comes too close.
    Should have also added a mechanism to release oil and banana peels from the rear when tailgated.
    Should have programmed probes to follow the truck and shoot lasers at other cars.
    Should have installed a megaphone like device that police, fire department, and ambulance vehicles have to help communicate in traffic.
    Should have installed a cage full of rabid wolves that have been raised off the flesh of management and the orion team to be released in areas with lots of pedestrians.
    Should installed spikes on the hub caps.

    I really am wasting my talents as a driver, I should be heading and R&D for UPS.
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  8. MaceFremonti

    MaceFremonti Active Member

    I've been driving one of the new automatic 276xxx Macks with this system installed and barely even knew it was there since I do everything by the book! :rolleyes:

    However, it does wake you up real quick if you lose focus! The first time it hit the brakes all by itself was definitely a WTF Was That? moment. If you have the cruise on it will downshift if needed as well as retard the engine power, and make jake or service brake adjustments to keep your following distance where it needs to be.

    Your speed also affects the various sensors and alerts. It does NOT give following distance alerts if you are in heavy traffic just creeping along or if you are putting a load on the door and the front of your tractor is close to other trailers etc...

    All in all I actually like it. All of us "zone out" at times and it's ability to keep a safe following distance when you are rolling along with the cruise control on is definitely a good thing.

    Most of our old schools guys DO NOT like them though!

    We have some new KWs that have this system as well.
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  9. pharacyde

    pharacyde Member

    I've driven one of the new KWs with the system. It can be annoying. But as Mace said, it does a good job of alerting you if your mind wanders. So long as they use this tech as a driver assist and not a reporting device, I think it's a great thing. Some of the tin foil hat wearing guys at my hub think it's the beginning of big brother...
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    ...and those guys may very well be right....Telematics was touted as a vehicle monitoring system but it has quickly become a driver monitoring system....
  11. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    What's it going to monitor in feeders, how often I fart in the seat?
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  12. MobileBA

    MobileBA Member

    We received this technology on our new freightliner sleeper rig. Its flat out dangerous. When we're on an interstate that allows us to drive 70 mph and some four wheeler cuts in front of us the truck will brake and sometimes hard. I just pray no one is tailgateing us.
  13. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    I would be more worried about a jackknife situation on wet roads because the braking action starts on the rear most axle and moves forward.

    If the roads are wet that rearmost axle could hydroplane around you.

    But what could I possibly know.......
  14. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    Already have them here.
  15. MaceFremonti

    MaceFremonti Active Member

    They only do that if you have the cruise on. I believe that the only time it applies the brakes when the cruise isn't on is when it calculates that a collision is imminent. You shouldn't be running cruise in heavy rain or snow to begin with.
  16. livin the dream

    livin the dream Active Member

    this had me laughing
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It's going to count how many times you disparage minorities.
  18. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

  19. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    Not just minorities, I do it against white people, too. I'm an equal opportunity offender.

    To answer that, though....a WHOLE bunch. Not sure a monitor could keep up without exploding