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
Understanding the operational factors that boost -- or degrade -- braking performance is critical for reliable, safe stops on the road.
December 31, 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
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 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
This is National Tire Safety Week here in the U.S., and while the time is set aside to remind four-wheelers of the importance of tire maintenance and periodic inspections, it shouldn't hurt to remind commercial vehicle operators that truck tires don't run on wishes and prayers either.
May 23, 2019
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has sent a notice of proposed rulemaking on hours of service reform to the Office of Budget Management.
March 29, 2019
To improve the safety of its reefer technicians, Erb asked its maintenance staff what would be the best solution. Input from the staff resulted in a custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform.
February 25, 2016
A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and
easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight,
but they are still manageable.
February 17, 2015