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TMC Position Paper 2015-2, Future Driver Distraction Guidelines

The issue of driver distraction in Class 7-8 commercial vehicles has two major components. First, the vehicle often contains multiple information/warning devices and systems which can be confusing and distracting. Second, interactive electronic devices and systems can be added or brought into the driver compartment. The compounding effect of excessive information, warnings and alarms within the interactive electronic devices can result in high levels of driver distraction. Accordingly, TMC’s Future Truck Committee urges the development of industry-wide guidelines for the installation and use of these devices in Class 7-8 commercial vehicles. Until these industry-wide standards can be established, TMC recommends manufacturers, suppliers, and fleets take a common sense approach to these devices to minimize driver distraction.

October 13, 2015

TMC PP 2015-1, 360° Driver Awareness Expectations Position Paper

Future Truck Program Position Paper: 2015-1 360° Driver Awareness Expectations. Vehicle crashes are greatly impacted by a driver’s knowledge of what exists around his or her vehicle. The term “360° Driver Awareness” describes technologies and devices that improve safety by increasing a driver’s knowledge of what is around his or her vehicle. This paper serves as a request for manufacturers and suppliers to share their plans for products that will be marketed within the next 10 years (or as soon as possible) to allow equipment users to better assess and implement the technology in their operations. It also serves to outline equipment user expectations for such technologies as used in commercial vehicle operations.

July 06, 2015