Studies indicate that the average cost of a commercial vehicle accident is $53,000. In addition, 32 percent of accidents are unintentional lane departures. Through systems like ZF’s OnTraX, a vehicle can be corrected back into its lane when it starts to drift and the systems can alert the driver through vibration of the steering wheel to warn drivers when they start to move into a lane occupied by another vehicle or leave the roadway altogether.
Additionally, because commercial vehicles primarily operate on highways or in closed cargo depots where conditions can be controlled, there is great potential for self-driving trucks. This can help bridge the driver shortage gap, which is predicted to be as high as 100,000 drivers in the U.S. alone by 2022. The human resource savings, along with the opportunity to improve vehicle productivity, could deliver significant cost savings for the industry.
ZF, with its broad portfolio of solutions and experience across passenger cars, trucks and industrial applications, is well positioned to help advance automated driving. In the commercial vehicle industry, the company is currently developing the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) for a Level 4 system for an international commercial vehicle manufacturer scheduled to launch 2024/25.
We will continue to collaborate across our business, with partners, academia and the government to drive the adoption of ADAS solutions because the business case is strong and we are dependent on this industry.