Testing autonomous trucks is more complex than it seems. The men and women sitting in the left seat of the nation's burgeoning fleet of robotic trucks are often called safety drivers. Their responsibilities are far more comprehensive than just keeping the truck out of trouble.
September 3, 2020
Groendyke Transport watched the number of rear-end collisions with its trailers rise steadily until it tried an unorthodox and then unapproved method of alerting following drivers that its trucks were applying brakes and slowing down.
June 1, 2020
Understanding the operational factors that boost -- or degrade -- braking performance is critical for reliable, safe stops on the road.
December 31, 2019
Convincing drivers that camera/monitor systems are at least as good as, if not better than, traditional mirrors will probably take no more than a few hours of driving with them. That was Equipment Editor Jim Park's experience with MirrorEye. But he's still not convinced there’s any real need to abandon silvered glass.
November 21, 2019
If Stoneridge’s MirrorEye system is any indication, the transition from conventional mirrors to a camera monitor system may be easier and safer than you think.
October 31, 2019
There are dozens of ways to set a wheel-end on fire. Most of them are
September 9, 2019
ELDs could be rendered non-compliant by an innocuous technical detail or a hole big enough to drive a truck through. It’s up to the buyer to determine if a device meets all the requirements.
August 26, 2019
The NTSB has determined that the actions of a human truck driver was a probable cause in a collision with an autonomous shuttle bus. The driver behaved as drivers have always done under the circumstance; but the computer-controlled shuttle did not.
July 15, 2019
Canada is bringing its own ELD regulations into force in June 2021. American carriers operating there will need to use ELDs that comply with the Canadian rules. There are only a few differences, but some are substantial.
July 8, 2019
A truck driver can drive down a mountain 100 times too slowly, but only once too fast. An inexperienced driver on a steep grade could spell disaster unless properly trained.
July 3, 2019
How do we keep drivers from driving too fast through curves or descending mountain slopes? By showing them precisely how fast they should be driving. A new app called Road-Aware can do just that.
June 27, 2019
Beginning next year, ZF will use a two-lens camera system to improve the performance and functionality of various advanced driver safety features. A second lens enables redundancy for Level2+ autonomous functions and offers wide-angle field of view for pedestrian detection.
June 13, 2019
Daimler’s optional Level 2 technologies, Lane Keep Assist and ACC to Zero,
will make drivers’ jobs easier and likely a little safer — if they don’t abuse them. Jim Park reports on his experience with the latest Detroit technology on a Freightliner Cascadia.
June 12, 2019
CVSA is planning to pay close attention to suspensions and steering systems in this year's 72-hour Roadcheck inspection blitz. Will your maintenance procedures keep your trucks off the sidelines this year?
May 29, 2019
Daimler’s Detroit Assurance 5.0 includes an optional lane keep assist feature that helps drivers keep from drifting out of the lane or off the road. Using a camera-based setup, the system will self-steer the truck keeping it between the lines and can make minor corrections for crosswinds and vehicle alignment.
May 23, 2019