Volvo’s trucking division is bringing their focus to traffic safety, with the hopes of one day reducing traffic related deaths from both drivers, cyclists and pedestrians down to zero. It’s a long road as they admit, but by getting the conversation and technology going they believe their plan is within reach. So what would it take to realize their dreams?
With Tesla’s eye on the trucking industry, solar energy is certainly a future player in the trucking industry, but it’s already playing a strong role in a number of applications in it’s current state…
“Solar technology is already a part of the makeup of long-haul trucking. The Solar Flex Solar panels can currently be seen on trucks to order to provide power to computers, lighting, lift gates and other truck mounted equipment. Furthermore, Carrier Transicold uses solar to power refrigeration units, helping to improve the shipping of temperature cooled cargos…” [ Read more here ]
Are self driving trucks the next step in roadside safety? Colorado is putting them to the test to help protect road workers from dangerous and distracted drivers.
“The Colorado Department of Transportation will use the “crash truck” to shadow road crews, and act as a shield to protect workers from being struck by speeding vehicles. It’s one of the earliest meaningful deployments of self-driving technology in the United States…” [ Read more here ]
A once in a lifetime experience for many, the full solar eclipse put on a spectacle from Oregon to South Carolina yesterday, and if you missed the full show ABC News has you covered… “For a couple of minutes, the temperature dropped, dusk fell in midday, and the sun was replaced by a circle of wispy white light — the glow of the solar corona, which is visible only when the moon directly blocks the sun’s rays…” [ Read more here ]
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Are you going to be on the road during Monday’s solar eclipse? Authorities are already preparing for trouble, as the distraction will likely cause a number of problems on our roadways…
“It’s summer, so the interstate system is already going to be choked with traffic. And when you toss a once-in-a-century event like a total solar eclipse into the mix, it’s a recipe for disaster. Over 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the eclipse’s path, which means an untold number of eager eclipse-chasers will be hitting the roads in anticipation for this rare occurrence. The FHWA is already calling it “one of the largest driver distractions in years.”…” [ Read more here ]
Shipping company UPS is unleashing virtual reality headsets to it’s driver training program. They hope by using the latest technology they can improve driver safety and education…
“During the virtual reality tests, new trainees will experience trips around city environments. They’ll have to identify hazards along the way by shouting out “hazard left” or “hazard right.” The virtual reality tests last about three to six minutes…” [ Read more here ]
Is there growth on the horizon for the trucking industry? The latest report by the American Trucking Association points in that direction. The report has outlined some positive numbers which shed light on the dominance trucking still has on the freight industry…
“This report made it clear that over the forecast period, capacity shortfalls will develop, with some selected tightness in freight handling capacity starting to emerge, suggesting that capacity expansion will be required if the modes are going to be able to handle anticipated growth…” [ Read more here ]
Regulation changes that would put the federal government in charge of testing drivers and operators for sleep apnea has fallen flat, leaving the choice to test drivers to each individual company. “President Trump has pulled back on a proposal that would have required truck drivers and train operators to be tested for sleeping disorders. The president said the proposed regulation limits the economic growth for America…” [ Read more here ]
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