Safety Management

Development of Bus Collision Avoidance Warning and Automated Emergency Braking (CAWS/AEB)

Collision avoidance warning systems are available for cars and trucks to detect and warn drivers of potential forward collisions and automatically initiate deceleration and braking. These systems offer the potential to significantly reduce fatalities, injuries and casualty and liability expenses. However, more development is needed to apply them to buses.

In the five year period from 2015 to 2019, NJ TRANSIT reported 1,261 bus collisions, 20 fatalities, 2,468 injuries, and $112,109,286.00 in casualty and liability expenses, of which about 70% is estimated to result from collisions. The casualty and liability expense per bus averages $6,963 per bus per year. There is a clear business case for investing in CAWS/AEB systems. NJ TRANSIT should initiate a program for CAWS/AEB development.

Idea Submitted by Jerry Lutin

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other Jerome M Lutin, PhD, LLC

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Each year, NJ Transit buses incur an average of 4 fatalities, 500 injuries, and $22.4 million in casualty and liability expenses. Technology is currently available for cars and trucks that automatically detect potential forward collisions with vehicles and pedestrians and automatically initiate deceleration and braking. However, more development is needed to apply these systems to transit buses. FTA funded research and development is underway at other transit agencies but more activity is needed. CAWS/AEB systems offer the potential to eliminate most of collision-related fatalities, injuries, and associated casualty and liability expense.

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