NASHVILLE, TN – Trucking is rolling into the future, and the trucks may be getting there all by themselves. Autonomous trucking was the topic of the moment this week at the 2017 In.Sight user conference and expo in Nashville, with panelists disagreeing on what is possible and in what timeline. Development of autonomous technology still faces a lot of obstacles including, one panel noted, snowbanks.
FERGUS, ON — Shawn Nelson sees a direct link between snow-laden trailer roofs and safety, and he’s on a mission to create – even mandate – a network of snow removal equipment to address the problem.
There is no question that the debris represents a flying threat. Layers of snow and ice on a 53-foot van trailer can weigh one to 10 tonnes, raining debris on the road below, he says. News footage culled from dash cams regularly show how dangerous that situation can be.
“Sometimes it’s not the initial impact of ice and snow. It’s the reaction,” he says of the risk. Crash through a windshield or not, the debris can force motorists to swerve into the path of other dangers.
More than half of all truckers don’t clear ice and snow from the tops of their trailers. It’s an issue waiting to come back and bite you.
ARLINGTON, Va. — As far as it can tell, the safety implications of snow and ice accumulation on tractor-trailers has not been well-documented in North America, says the American Transportation Research Institute.
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey is on the brink of becoming the first North American state to fine drivers who do not clear snow or ice from their vehicles before hitting the road.
WARRENVILLE, Ill. — A passenger car driver in the Chicago area is lucky to be alive after a large chunk of snow and ice dislodged from the top of a moving tractor-trailer and slammed through his windshield.
TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation fined snow plow contractors after deciding the province’s highways have not been adequately maintained this winter.