Transport Canada looking at mandating ADAS

by Today's Trucking

OTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada is consulting with the trucking industry on the use of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and to determine whether such safety systems should be mandated on new heavy trucks.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has submitted feedback after discussions with carriers, suppliers, and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA).

“CTA believes that driver assist systems available for heavy-duty trucks (Class 8), combined with appropriate training, could be a significant factor in maintaining and improving safety performance,” said CTA’s Geoff Wood.

(Photo: Volvo Trucks North America)

The CTA says a wide range of stakeholders need to present their input, and any mandate needs to consider Canadian challenges regarding seasonality.

“Once all of these groups are at the table, we can collectively examine crash data and assess technologies that are strongly being considered for mandate in the U.S., which is where the bulk of heavy truck and trailer manufacturing takes place, and determine the suitability of these technologies for Canada’s over-the-road and vocational sectors,” said Wood.

“Extracting as much data as possible from the systems will provide the insight needed to account for the unique Canadian trucking experience, which includes heavier weights and seasonal and climatic differences.” 

The CTA is also encouraging government to incentivize fleets who purchase and install ADAS, in exchange for sharing data with regulators.

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  • Ok are you people serious here I’ve personally experienced this system in a 2018 Cascadia you will be driving along and it’s nice out traffic is light and BANG out of nowhere the brakes come on full and the steering wheel gets ripped out of your hands right now and there ya go what happens next is entirely up to you may good be with you on the coquhalla in a snowstorm technology isn’t it great

  • Been trucking for nearly 30 yrs. Can say I never had really any close calls for a major crash. With all this electronic crap, drivers are going to become even more lazy and careless, relying on gadgets to save their ass, from a crash. I have a 2020 389, the most stupidest thing this truck has is anti roll, applying brakes hard in a corner is the most unsafe thing a driver can do. Soon it will deleted from my truck. New drivers need to learn old school, stick shift, manual slack adjusters forget abot electronics, learn and earn respect of the road, and other drivers.

  • Not good. If this includes the forefront “no tailgating” control… that one can be triggered by a mere shadow on the road. I drove one truck with this feature from shop to company yard and said to myself.. never again. Even a leaf in wrong place triggers it.

  • Don’t think it a good idea .it is a sensor which could fail . Also you would be watching whats around you or what’s going on in front of you

  • The small and midsize carriers have a hard time justifying the cost. All of the add on’s could up the cost of the truck 10 to 15 thousand dollars. Personally having been the owner of a larger carrier agree with it 100%

  • Best thing that could happen is making drivers a red seal Profession. Providing proper training and education to become a successful driver. This win your license out of a cracker jack box is ruined a once proud profession .

  • I drive a 2020 cascadia now with this on it it does not work well see things in front of it that is not there keeps coming up collision warning this system may work well in theory or controlled places but not in the real world to bad they want computors driving highways are no place for big companies to be trying out technology with people at risk let real drivers drive been driving 40+ years with no real issues dont need a computor putting me in one

  • If the large carriers want all this technology, let them spec it and pay for it from their own vast resources. All these add ons should be options, not manditory, expenses tacked on to the base price. If the Government Experts, ( I’m call them that, tongue firmly in cheek, ) think this is so beneficial then give SMALL COMPANIES, and Owner Operators major financial grants to help make them cost effective to up grade equipment to add this stuff.

  • mandating ADAS systems into all new class 8 truck is like doing a partial roof repair on your home ,unless it it done properly and the whole roof is repaired the money spent is money wasted and still does not fix the root of the problem.
    If drivers are not trained properly and cannot understand and comprehend what a road sign is telling them ,or knowing how to load a trailer ie flatdeck and secure it, understanding the hours of service requirements ,knowing how to drive and navigate in different weather and road conditions safely then no amount of technology is going to fix the problem , it should be used as o tool to assist the driver to complete his/her job safely.