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Report: Public Agencies Should Buy Smaller, Safer Trucks

Public service and safety vehicles are involved in a larger accident rate per capita than any other vehicle. One thing that might help this is designing a better vehicle to accommodate the job it does. This is a complex matter , as first response vehicles typically carry large of heavy amounts of cargo, such as fire and waste management trucks, or must carry a wide variety of equipment and supplies, such as an ambulance and have room to work.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new report has outlined the need for public agencies to concentrate not on buying large vehicles but on buying vehicles with improved design to reduce fatalities.
  • Over the past year, overall traffic fatalities declined slightly but fatalities from large trucks increased by 9 percent.
  • Larger vehicles and trucks make it difficult for street designers to improve safety for everyone because large vehicles need wider lanes, larger turning radii, and considerable space to park.

“Large vehicles — including fire trucks, waste management vehicles, and freight trucks — count for a disproportionate, and growing, number of fatalities on U.S. streets.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/321071/report-public-agencies-should-buy-smaller-safer-trucks

How to Use the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon’s Electric Winch

If you’re ever faced with an emergency that requires you to tow another vehicle to a different location, then knowing how to set up your Ram’s electric winch will be a top priority. You’re going to want to connect the controller onto the plug after the anchor has been set into place. Then you can slowly retract the cable with the controller in order to get enough leverage to hook it up onto the vehicle that is in need.

Key Takeaways:

  • The power winch has been designed to be useful in the event that the truck gets stuck, or flipped over.
  • When the power winch is in operation be sure the transmission is in neutral and that someone is in the cab manning the brakes.
  • The winch has 90 feet of cable, which should never be wrapped around a tree, as it can lead to breaking.

“When finding trouble on the trail, the Power Wagon’s winch has you covered”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/how-to-use-the-2017-ram-2500-power-wagon-electric-winch/

Answers Still Vague in Horrific La Mesa Big Rig Accident

A recent accident that occurred in the city of La Mesa unfortunately ended fatally for a mother and daughter, with another young girl experiencing critical injuries. La Mesa residents are in shock when it comes to how vague the details surrounding the crash are, and they are even more flabbergasted by how poorly it was handled. The Swift Transportation company apparently didn’t even notify the proper authorities about the incident until the reporting deadline was well out of reach.

Key Takeaways:

  • In August of 2017 a big rig turned over in La Mesa, killing a mother and daughter and seriously injuring another young female child.
  • After two days of investigation, the Hughway Patrol has ruled out drugs and alcohol as incipient factors.
  • News stations sent emails to the truck company to ascertain if the driver was fired or sudpended, without any immediate reply.

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Read more: http://www.topix.com/business/trucking

The folly of trolleys: Ethical challenges and autonomous vehicles – Brookings Institution

If someone has ever asked you to picture yourself in a scenario where you had the decision to kill one person or five people in order to save a train, then they’ve presented you with “the Trolley Problem”. Many people are using this analogy to illustrate their ethical concerns when it comes to autonomous cars. While this scenario presents two distinct choices with two distinct outcomes, experts argue that autonomous cars cannot relate to this scenario because they cannot possibly have a full understanding of all of their surroundings.

Key Takeaways:

  • The trolley problem is one of the problems that is often raised up about autonomous vehicles. It occurs when someone is presented with two situations with similar potential consequences.
  • The introduction of the trolley problem which seems like a good fit kills all conversations about autonomous vehicles when they are brought up.
  • The solution to any problem, including the trolley problem, is to understand how autonomous vehicles work and to have a grounding in the technology.

“Once we understand how these vehicles work—that is, the mathematics behind their learning—we will see how there are many other design choices that are far more morally important.”

Read more: https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-folly-of-trolleys-ethical-challenges-and-autonomous-vehicles/

Why 3 in 10 Fleets Aren’t ELD Compliant

ELD stands for electronic logging device, and regulations were put into place in December of 2017 to mandate certain specifications for truckers to follow. Oftentimes, fleets are not compliant to these guidelines because the drivers refuse to take part in the appropriate training when it comes to operational safety. Taking part in the course training associated with the ELD program will ensure optimal safety of the driver, passenger, cargo, and anyone that they come into contact to while en route.

Key Takeaways:

  • Although the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect in December of 2017, by 2018, about 29% (3 in 10) of fleets were still not compliant.
  • While the language used for logging technology has changed over time, the basic premise of moving from paper logs to electronic logs has not changed.
  • Two barriers that have been identified in implementing e-logs are the hassle of installing the hardware and software, and acceptance by drivers and driver training.

“Some of those fleets had been grandfathered in with automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) – 13% had plans to implement ELDs by December 2019.”

Read more: https://www.worktruckonline.com/321422/why-3-in-10-fleets-arent-eld-compliant

TMC Calls for Proactive Tire Pressure Management System

TMC stands for the Technology & Maintenance Council, and they are responsible for setting industry standards in the management of tire pressure in common vehicles. By finding the perfect amount of tire pressure, the council analyzed three different attributes: load capacity, driving forces, braking forces, and environmental resistance. Each individual vehicle should have their own tire pressure limits after taking into account how heavy the cargo that they are carrying is weighed in at. The more cargo that is present, the more that it weighs down on the tire management system.

Key Takeaways:

  • The TMC future committee is working on automating the process of gauging tire pressure. It wants to build an automated system for actively managing tire inflation pressure.
  • The proposed system, though in recommendation stage, should be able to rapidly adjust tire inflation pressure when tire load, speed, temperature or vehicle changes.
  • It is noted by TMC that establishing a maximal tire inflation pressure depends on the maximum likely load expected at the wheel position of each vehicle.

“In an industry that struggles to get drivers to use a tire pressure gauge instead of whacking a tire with an axe handle, TMC is now saying that merely verifying a tire OE’s recommended pressure isn’t enough.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/321471/tmc-proposes-a-new-proactive-tire-pressure-management-system

2019 Vehicles Increase Advanced Steel Content

The new structures made of high-steel located in modern vehicles are ensuring that cars are much more durable than they once were. Enhanced durability leads to higher amounts of longevity, which is something any consumer would love to invest in. Some examples of auto companies using high-steel in their manufacturers are Volkswagen’s 2019 Jetta and its hot-formed steel, as well as the 2020 Toyota Corolla with its torsional rigidity due to the implimentatio of high-steel.

Key Takeaways:

  • Advanced high strength steel is increasingly being preferred by automakers for their cars as is seen by the number of 2019 models released this year.
  • High strength steel being used in areas like the body of the car will ensure the car is more durable and has improved occupant protection.
  • The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta model is composed of 35% ultra-high strength steel while the 2020 Corolla boasts of 60% in torsion thanks to the use ultra-high tensile steel.

“In fact, in a survey conducted earlier this year by the institute, 90% of consumers said they believe steel is stronger than other materials used by automakers.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/321424/2019-vehicles-increase-advanced-steel-content

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