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New bill may make AEB standard on all commercial trucks

In July 2019, two House of Representatives members introduced a bill called the Safe Roads Act of 2019. If it is passed, it will make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on all new CMVs in Ohio and across the US. AEB, for those who don't know, is a device that can apply the brakes in place of drivers when they fail to react in time to an impending crash.

Why commercial trucks need safety technology

It may be difficult for companies to perform a return on investment analysis when it comes to safety technology, such as lane departure warnings. This is because it can be hard to calculate the cost of a truck not straying out of its lane. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a truck accident causes about $150,000 in damages on average. Therefore, it is often a good idea for owners of truck fleets in Ohio and throughout the country to invest in safety technology even if the upfront cost seems prohibitive.

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