By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA members Trimble and Purdue University are partnering to develop a slowdown alert service that notifies commercial drivers to help reduce rear-end crashes, particularly in highway work zones.

The service will interpret planned routes throughout the U.S. against real-time traffic incidents, such as roadwork and accidents, and slowdown patterns in order to understand congestion ahead, Trimble said in a release. It will deliver visual and audible in-cab slowdown alerts to drivers using the firm’s commercial navigation and driver trip planning apps, CoPilot Truck and MileOn by PC*MILER, or through telematics and electronic logging device (ELD) providers that integrate these apps. The service will also be available as a part of the Trip Management API in the Trimble MAPS Platform. Drivers can download premium subscriptions of CoPilot Truck or MileOn by PC*MILER in the Google Play or Apple App Store, which includes the slowdown alerts.

Watch a video about the slowdown alert service.

In 2017, 18,000 total crashes in U.S. work zones involved trucks, according to the ARTBA-affiliated National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. Rear-end crashes are the most common type of work zone crash and the majority of fatalities occur on roads with speed limits greater than 50 mph. Such crashes have killed more than 4,400 people and injured 200,000 others in the past five years, according to government data.

See the new Clearinghouse “Hot Topics” webpage on Improving Large Truck Safety in Work Zones.

Trimble said the slowdown alert service is expected to be available by the end of June. The Sunnyvale, California-based firm is a member of ARTBA’s Materials & Services Division. Purdue, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, belongs to the Research & Education Division.