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July 1, 2016

White Trailer Proved Invisible to Tesla's Autonomous System

A white semitrailer on a bright day proved invisible to the self-driving system of a Tesla S sedan, which failed to brake and ran under the trailer as it crossed in front of the car, said authorities investigating the first fatal crash of an autonomous car in the United States, which happened in early May.

May 12, 2016

Driverless Tesla vs. Parked Trailer: Owner's Fault?

Rear-underride collisions upset safety advocates because they badly hurt auto drivers and passengers. What about a front-underride incident with no driver and no injuries?

March 28, 2016

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

July 20, 2015

NHTSA to Upgrade Truck Underride and Conspicuity Rules

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the rear-underride crash protection and visibility of single-unit trucks.

July 11, 2014

NHTSA to Issue New Rules on Underride Guards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted a petition from the Truck Safety Coalition and will issue an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to rear impact/underride guards and other safety strategies for single unit trucks.

April 3, 2014

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

June 3, 2013

Why Better Underride Guards, and Maybe Other Stuff, Are Worth It

Senior Editor Tom Berg offers some personal insight into trailer underride guards and why they're so important in his "Trailer Talk" blog.

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