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Electronic Measuring Devices Warn If Obstacles Are Too Low

OWL and Giraffe gauge wires and bridges above, and could make poles obsolete, their makers say.

OWL magnet-mounts on the roof of a pilot car and is plugged into a laptop with an operating program. It knows how far from the road it is, and includes that in its vertical obstacle measurements. Photo: LSA Autonomy

June 29, 2016

In many states, rigs carrying oversize loads are escorted by pilot cars, some of them equipped with poles to gauge overhead obstructions. There are better ways.

Tags: Technology, Oversize Loads

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:55 AM | » Comments(2)

Samsung System Tells Motorists When It's Safe to Pass

Ever get stuck behind a semi you want to pass? You'd appreciate the large-screen TV on its rear doors.

June 22, 2015

Many traffic accidents in Argentina happen when motorists try to pass slower vehicles on two-lane roads.Here's a fix.

Tags: Samsung, driver safety, Passenger Cars, Technology

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 22, 2015 3:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Schneider Begins Installing Container- and Trailer-Tracking Devices

By the end of September, a Qualcomm tracking box will be attached to the nose of every Schneider National intermodal container. All van trailers will have them by December 2015.

June 28, 2013

It’s 11 p.m. Do you know where my load is? That’s a shipper asking a trucker the whereabouts of the trailer or container carrying his cargo. He’s not asking about a tractor and its driver; he wants to know about his load. From that point of view, it’s odd that trucking companies attached the first satellite and cellular-based tracking devices to tractors years ago, when products became available.

Tags: Qualcomm, Technology, Trailer

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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