Commercial truck drivers test lane departure warning system

by Canadian Shipper

Iteris, Inc., a subsidiary of Iteris Holdings, Inc. has released the results of its recently commissioned International Driver Satisfaction Study for the deployment of its Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system in commercial trucks.

The study, conducted over a six-month period with commercial truck drivers in both the U.S. and Europe, indicates that they consider Iteris’ LDW system a valuable safety feature. Over 140 drivers in the U.S. and 100 in Europe responded to the comprehensive survey.

Iteris’ Lane Departure Warning System was made available for large Class 8 trucks in the U.S. and Europe. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera that tracks the lane markings and provides “virtual” rumble strips anywhere there are lane markings.

Using image recognition software and proprietary algorithms, the system monitors the relative position of the truck, and if it unintentionally crosses the lane markings, the system automatically emits a distinctive rumble strip sound on the right or left side depending on the direction of travel, alerting the driver to make a correction. Use of the truck’s turn signals automatically overrides the system.

“We are very pleased with the results of the LDW study. The favorable feedback from drivers further underscores why LDW technology is at the forefront of commercial truck safety,” said Bill Patrolia, director of North American truck sales.

Iteris conducted the study in an effort to gauge market receptivity as well as the effectiveness of its LDW system from drivers using the system first-hand on a regular basis.

With more than 8000 Iteris lane departure warning systems installed in commercial trucks in the U.S. and Europe, driver responses were overwhelmingly positive, with many citing specific examples of how the system made them more alert and assisted in potentially dangerous situations, says Iteris.

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