Did you know that April is National Distracted Driver Awareness month? Every day at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in crashes caused by distracted driving. Many things are to blame; cell phones, touch screens, the environment and technology all pose a threat to our safety while on the road. Distracted Driver Awareness month is in an effort to recognize all the dangers our truckers face on a day-to-day basis.
The evolution of technology in the world of trucking took another step forward at the close of 2018. Companies like Stoneridge, Inc are focusing on new ways to improve driver safety and fuel efficiency by increasing driver vision through the use of Camera Monitoring Systems (CMS). According to the Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted Stoneridge a five-year exemption from federal law requiring conventional rear-vision mirrors to allow trucks to use their multi-camera angle MirrorEye system as a replacement to standard rear-vision side mirrors.
Technology is vastly changing the landscape in the transportation industry. In regards to the modern automobile, one part of the vehicle has gone without advancement. The metal license plate has not changed since New York became the first state to require license plates in 1901.