Utah Testing Technology that Could Improve Truckers’ Safety
TOOELE, Utah (AP) — New technology that could improve safety and fuel efficiency for big-rig truckers is being tested in Utah. The Deseret News reports that the Utah Department of Transportation started conducting field tests Friday of a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system aimed at the trucking industry.
The tests were done in Tooele County with two semitrailers on I-80. Developed by a California company, the system lets trucks "platoon" together. Two trucks within 40 to 60 feet of each other will simultaneously brake, accelerate and react to road hazards.
Officials with Peloton Technology say the new technology monitors travel and operational data that can reduce driver reaction time and lower fuel costs. The Utah Legislature passed legislation this year to allow testing of connected vehicles on non-urban interstates.