半自动卡车队列可能是商业卡车行业的未来

半自动卡车队列可能是商业卡车行业的未来

因为商用卡车和拖拉机挂车有如此巨大的潜力造成毁灭性的事故, as well as catastrophic injuries and deaths, 货车运输业正不断接受检查,以遵守和实施新的安全措施,以保护公众安全. Today, 卡车运输业的高管们提出,推进一种名为“列队”的新型潜水辅助技术可能是一种帮助方式.

Platooning involves two semi-autonomous trucks moving as one unit. 这些车辆依靠先进的车辆通信技术和安全传感器,允许第二辆卡车在仅30至50英尺的距离上跟随第一辆卡车, 这远远低于大多数州法律对卡车司机200到500英尺的要求. According to industry experts, 半自动卡车队列可以节省相当多的燃料成本, 这占了卡车公司运营成本的20%.

In addition to saving fuel, 这是由于在自行车和纳斯卡比赛中普及的“牵引力”效应, platooning is also purported to reduce the severity of truck accidents. 这是因为装有该技术的卡车将配备前向防撞传感器和自动刹车装置。密歇根大学交通研究所(University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute)的一项研究表明,这些设备可以减少47%的伤害.

卡车运输行业:利润优先于人的历史

卡车行业对半自动卡车排队的支持,是一种令人耳目一新的改变,而不是以往支持那些经常危及公共安全的法律和举措. As we have seen throughout the years, 尤其是在当前倾向于宽松监管政策的总统政府下, 卡车运输行业通常支持那些能让他们赚更多钱的政策, and resists those which impose costly safety standards.

仅在过去几年中,这些努力主要包括:

  • The recent termination of programs to develop tougher sleep apnea testing这种情况使卡车司机发生严重卡车事故的可能性增加了5倍.
  • Continued push for increased weight limits from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds, and increased trailer length in double-trailer trucks to 33 feet.
  • 最近暂停了每周工作75小时的卡车司机的强制休息时间, which are intended to keep tired truckers off the road.
  • 防止各州实施和执行有关商业卡车的州法律的措施, 包括强制休息来代替最近取消的联邦法规.
  • 监管机构要求电子技术(电子记录设备)改善对驾驶员和车辆的监督,公开劝阻, and reduce risks posted by truck driver fatigue.
  • 提议立法将州际卡车司机的联邦最低年龄从21岁降低到18岁.

Through aggressive lobbying and flooding our politics with money, 卡车运输业一次又一次地成功地阻止和推翻促进安全和保护人民的关键立法. As noted above, 该行业提出的许多目标和努力都与安全背道而驰, especially at a time when deaths on U.S. 公路和高速公路正在增加——这表明它真正关注的是利润而不是人.

What the Future Holds for Trucking Companies

With an understanding of what truly motivates the trucking industry, 像半自动卡车排队这样的计划应该持保留态度. After all, 这样的做法可以为卡车运输公司节省数十亿美元,而这是它们最大的支出之一——燃料. Still, the technology does provide benefits to public safety, especially when it comes to reducing risks of truck driver error, 因为安装了该技术的卡车可以自动应对危急情况, potentially faster and more safely than human drivers. 它还有助于解决汽车行业司机短缺的问题, 至少比增加货物装载量或降低司机最低年龄限制更安全.

As with many proposed efforts in the transportation industry, 半自动卡车排队式的发展还有待观察. 造成这种不确定性的很大一部分原因是需要修改法律,并为高科技卡车制定豁免规定,以减少最低跟随距离, 同时还需要确保技术不会出现故障或遭受网络攻击. In the next 20 to 30 years, it’s entirely possible to see such technology, as well as fully autonomous trucks, transporting goods across American highways. The key is to ensure they are tested, adopted, 并进行适当的监管——最终关注的是公共安全,而不是钱包.

Truck Accident Advocacy: A Firm that Fights for Victims

作为一家为洛杉矶和南加州的汽车和卡车事故受害者奋斗了几十年的公司, 碧人法律集团始终支持促进安全、减少可预防悲剧发生可能性的措施. Throughout the years, 我们已经看到,利润优先于人的做法不断给受害者和他们的亲人带来毁灭性的后果, 并希望未来能带来更多有前途的安全创新和方法,遏制利润驱动的议程.

当谈到运输和卡车运输时,先进的技术可能是十大电子游艺平台首选未来, 事实仍然是,卡车司机的失误和卡车公司的疏忽每年仍然造成成千上万本可避免的伤亡. As such, 我们随时为受害者和家属提供信息,让他们了解自己的权利,以及我们屡获殊荣的洛杉矶卡车事故律师如何发挥作用.

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