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  • Aug 29, 2016

    The case for speed limiters: More political than technical? 2

    Is the Dept. of Transportation “cherry picking” research to support the rulemaking to require speed limiters in heavy-duty commercial vehicles? At least one source—a study that is cited often as providing evidence to support the rule—raises a number of concerns the DOT glosses over, or ignores altogether, including speed differentials, driver fatigue, fuel efficiency, and the overall cost-benefit analysis....More
  • Aug 24, 2016

    Dept. of Labor blog adds insult to injury

    If there’s one thing—and maybe the only thing—the Dept. of Transportation and the diverse trucking industry agree on, it’s the need to attract more people—especially the next generation—to truck driving careers. So the timing is indeed unfortunate for a Dept. of Labor economist to portray driving trucks as among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., “risky in ways you might not expect.”...More
  • Jul 18, 2016

    Autonomous vehicles: The pushback begins 1

    Has Tesla screwed the pooch, or are some recent—and high profile—accidents involving the brand’s self-driving vehicle technology a to-be-expected part of the learning curve? Certainly the latter is true, but just how much political damage has been done—and what it will mean to truck makers moving forward with autonomous vehicles—remains to be seen. Regardless, the honeymoon between over-promising vehicle manufacturers and safety-focused policymakers who’ve been surprisingly supportive is over....More
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