FMCSA announces second phase of TechCelerate Now


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration awarded a Phase 2 contract to continue the TechCelerate Now trucking technology analysis and education program. 

"We're very pleased to continue the progress TechCelerate Now has made in examining various safety technologies and setting a course for expanding the industry dialogue on the potential safety benefits of these systems," says Jeff Loftus, chief of the advanced technology division, Office of Research and Regulation, FMCSA. 

The program is focused on accelerating the adoption of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to reduce fatalities and prevent injuries and crashes. Phase 2 will be a four-year program to develop new and updated technical information and guidelines for ADAS technologies. 

TechCelerate Now is led by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the American Trucking Association's' Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC), the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA). 

TechCelerate Now will incorporate technology data, research and analysis into a suite of innovative marketing tools in order to reduce truck crashes and generate substantial industry returns on investment. It will document evolving fleet and driver perspectives, develop an expanded ADAS ROI calculator, set up a national TCN Service Center and produce informational videos and brochures. 

TMC will also produce new ADAS recommended practices and a TCN ambassador program. 

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