Iteris, Inc. released accident reduction data from its fleet customers during the ATA conference in Orlando this week. According to the company, its AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System enabled carrier Prime, Inc. of Springfield, MO, to reduce preventable lane departure-related incidents more than 65% over the evaluated period. Cargo Transporters of Hickory, NC, saw a 93% reduction in preventable accidents, according to California-based Iteris, or a drop from 1 lane departure incident per 4.2-million miles to 1 per 60-million miles driven.
AutoVue uses “machine vision” technology to track vehicle lane position and audibly warn drivers when they are unintentionally leaving the lane or roadway. It is designed to help prevent sideswiping, running off the road, and accidents caused by inadvertent lane changes resulting from factors like fatigue, distraction or inattention. To date, over 40,000 units have been installed on vehicles in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
The company’s Generation 2 unit features improved algorithms and a new imager, built-in volume control and continuous self-checks to monitor performance. Retrofit kits are available for all Class 8 trucks. The system is also available as a factory-installed option on select Freightliner models. Pre-wiring to accommodate the AutoVue unit is available from Peterbilt.