The best-selling collision avoidance systems are maturing, evolving and finding their place in an industry transitioning to full automation

By Jesse Morton, Technical Writer

The established companies selling collision avoidance systems promote them as fast and reliable. Not long ago, the latter adjective could not be used to honestly describe advanced communications systems. Generally, Wi-Fi-, GNSS-, GPS-, and radio wave tech-based systems have all proven susceptible to outages caused by weather, by obstacles, by space weather and geomagnetic fluctuations, and by interference from other communications systems. Within the last half-decade, those challenges have reportedly been mostly bested, and the top-selling systems are now being advertised as proven at delivering largely uninterrupted near-real-time data that can help an operator avoid an incident that could result in an injury or death, cause damage and downtime, and permanently mar his or her work record.

As if in response to this development, demand for collision avoidance solutions is reportedly on the rise, and the race to perfect and evolve them has intensified. These developments are timely as the mines with the largest fleets are now considering fully autonomous solutions.
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