Cleanaway introduces new collision avoidance technology to truck fleet

A new collision avoidance system has been installed in most of Cleanaway’s heavy vehicles to improve road safety for all users.

The Mobileye Advanced Driver Assist system has been fitted to more than 3,000 vehicles across the fleet, including waste trucks, tankers, prime movers and light vehicles such as utilities.

Cleanaway’s head of health and safety and regulatory compliance, Rachel Irvine-Marshall, said the $5 million-plus national roll-out followed the successful trial of the system in the Victorian Solid Waste Services fleet during the first half of 2019.

“With our teams operating heavy vehicles in many different environments, driver distraction is a critical health and safety risk,” Irvine-Marshall said. “Studies show that about 90 percent of accidents are caused by driver error and almost 80 percent of crashes involve driver inattention within three seconds before an event. The results of our trial were compelling with a significant decrease in driver at fault incidents and a reduction in incident severity within the Victorian fleet. We have now rolled out Mobileye to the great majority of the Cleanaway fleet nationally and are looking forward to further improving road safety and seeing positive results across our fleet.”

The Mobileye system consists of a forward-facing vision sensor placed on the inside of the windscreen along with a visual display unit on the dashboard which faces the driver.

The system helps drivers by constantly monitoring the road in front of them.

The only vehicles excluded from the fit-out program were new vehicles with similar safety features, older and other vehicles which were not suitable for the program, and unregistered vehicles that did not leave work sites.

Cleanaway’s head of fleet and logistics, George Gerdan, said the introduction of Mobileye would ensure Cleanaway’s drivers had access to the best technology to improve road safety.

“Given the size of our fleet and the fact our heavy vehicles operate every day on Australian roads, the safety of our employees and the communities in which they operate is our highest priority,” Gerdan said.

The features of the system include:

  • Forward collision warning of an imminent collision with a vehicle up to 2.7 seconds before.
  • Headway monitoring and warning if the driver gets too close to the vehicle in front.
  • Speed limit indicator and traffic sign recognition to notify of new speed limits or if the limit is exceeded.
  • Lane departure warning of an unintentional deviation from the driving lane.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist collision warning.