The American Transportation Research Institute’s board has approved their top research priorities for the year, including topics that examine workforce, infrastructure, legal and operational issues. - Photo: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute’s board has approved their top research priorities for the year, including topics that examine workforce, infrastructure, legal and operational issues.

Photo: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute’s board has approved their top research priorities for the year, including topics that examine workforce, infrastructure, legal, and operational issues.

ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee developed the list of recommended research topics at its meeting held in Atlanta on May 4-5, and ATRI’s board reviewed and approved the list of recommended topics at its recent meeting.

ATRI’s selected research topics align with multiple top concerns identified in ATRI’s annual Top Industry Issues Survey. Additionally, given the heightened attention on electric vehicles, two of the top priority studies will examine specific trucking impacts arising from increased deployment of electric trucks, ATRI officials said in a press release.

The 2021 ATRI Top Research Priorities are:

Understanding How to Best Integrate 18-20-Year Olds into the Trucking Industry

This research will utilize a case-study approach to document best practices for recruiting, training and retaining younger individuals into trucking careers.

Charging Infrastructure Considerations for Electric Trucks

From examining power demand scenarios to availability of grid connectivity and vehicle charging requirements, this research will be a trucking industry-focused assessment that identifies the electrical infrastructure issues associated with deploying electric trucks.

Marijuana and Other Drugs: Impacts of Decriminalization on the Trucking Industry

 As more states move to decriminalize marijuana and other drugs, this study would update ATRI’s 2019 report by examining roadway safety and workforce impacts in those states changing their controlled substance laws.

Quantifying the Impacts of Driver-Facing Cameras on Fleets and Drivers

This analysis will focus on safety, litigation, and workforce impacts from deployment of driver-facing cameras.

Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Zero Emission Trucks

 This research will be a comparative environmental impact study of the full lifecycle – manufacturing, operations and disposal – of electric versus diesel Class 8 trucks.

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