Four interest groups have joined to request a rule-making initiative from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate anti-collision technology on all trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or more.

According to a statement by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, the Center for Auto Safety and Road Safe America, 3% of the estimated 3 million Class 8 tractor-trailers on U.S. roads today are equipped with this kind of technology.

The group says that truck tonnage is expected to increase by as much as 63% by 2040. Steve Owings, co-founder of Road Safe America, says the need for forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems, known as “F-CAM” systems, has never been greater.

Currently nearly every truck manufacturer offers some type of F-CAM style system for new models, but there is no national standard for F-CAM system performance and the technology is not required.

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