For many truck drivers, the hardest part of their day is when they’re done their on-duty shifts, and looking for a place to park to wind down for a few hours. Most conventional rest stops fill up very quickly, making additional truck drivers struggle to find a place to pull over and rest without legal ramifications. A new technology presented by MnDOT takes photographs of rest stops in Minnesota in order to provide real-time updates to truckers on which rest stops have availability.
- Eight Midwestern states are rolling out technology aimed at helping beleaguered truckers find parking spots.
- The idea is to broadcast in real time where there are rest stops with available parking places.
- The broadcasted data will include the rest stop indicated and the specific number of spots available.
“The number of parking spots available has not kept up with demand from a growing number of trucks on the road.”