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Autonomous trucks will bring changes to the industry

Missouri truck drivers may benefit from autonomous trucks, and experts say that the introduction of these trucks will not lead to job loss. Trucks will still need to have drivers in the cabs. However, a number of hurdles must be cleared before autonomous trucks are fully integrated into the industry. These hurdles are mainly related to regulations and infrastructure. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, some of these infrastructure upgrades include instruments for highway-to-vehicle communication, better signage and smoother highways, and these improvements are beyond the reach of the private sector. Other concerns include coordinating state and local laws, cyber security, and maintenance issues.

Truck accident statistics

Data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that there were 89 large trucks involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in Missouri in 2012. These crashes constituted 8 percent of the total fatal vehicle crashes that occurred in the state that year. Nationwide, 2012 reportedly saw a 4 percent increase in fatal large truck crashes from 2011.

Electronic Control Modules to be used in trucks to control speed

While the use of trucks to transport goods from one location to another undeniably makes life easier for most residents of the St. Louis, Missouri area, their use is not without some risk. Motor vehicles involving trucks often result in catastrophic injuries to individuals occupying smaller automobiles. It is possible that the occupants of a truck could be seriously hurt as well. According to the Department of Transportation, approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur each year. While there are multiple reasons why something like this could occur, the speed of a truck is often to blame. Because of this efforts are regularly made on multiple fronts to make truck driving on roads throughout the nation. 

New trucking regulations regarding breaks supported by study

There is no question that tractor trailers play an important role in today’s society. They transport goods used by individuals throughout the nation, including Saint Louis, Missouri, from one coast to another in a matter of several days. The transportation of those goods is dependent upon the drivers of those trucks. Because they spend so much time on the road, the actions those drivers take can greatly impact others on the road.

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