Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro participated in Commercial Motor Vehicle Technology Showcase that featured new-to-market and emerging roadside inspection technologies designed to improve safety performance of commercial truck transports and buses.
Held at FMCSA Roadside Technology Corridor on Interstate 81 in Greene County, Tennessee the showcase provided a first hand look at how state-of-the-art technology better equips state law enforcement as they conduct commercial motor vehicle or CMV safety inspections. FMCSA in partnership with Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Department of Transportation, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, organized the showcase.
Safety is our top priority said in a report by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. This technology showcase will help us as we seek innovative and more efficient ways to make our roads safer for everyone.
FMCSA is devoted to strengthening commercial vehicle safety through use of new technology said in a report by FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. By providing a platform to test, evaluate and refine new enforcement technologies, we are able to clearly understand their benefits and encourage deployment on the state level.
In a real world setting the showcase demonstrated various new safety technologies.
Wireless Roadside Inspection or WRI using a fixed site or mobile vehicle, the WRI is designed to conduct up to 25 times more vehicle inspections a year than the current, in-person inspection process. In real time, an inspector can obtain driver and carrier identity, vehicle condition and hours-of-service violations while vehicle is traveling at highway speed.
Smart Infrared Inspection System or SIRIS detects brake, wheel and tire problems by comparing infrared thermal images of wheels as vehicle enters a weigh station. Once this technology is complete, it will use software to read thermal images and alert law enforcement if an inspection is needed.
Performance Based Brake Tester or PBBT technology provides a safe, accurate and objective assessment of a vehicle’s brake force and overall performance.
Medium Truck Duty Cycle is safety sensor technology outfits vehicle with brake stroke, weight and tire pressure monitoring systems that collect data designed to help researchers develop tools that determine a vehicle’s safety fitness.
Technology In Motion Vehicle or TMV demonstration vehicle is equipped with electronic on-board recorders, raises stakeholder awareness and increases adoption of featured technologies.