The trucking industry is currently in a technology transition that includes autonomous vehicles. First, we saw the smartphone apps that helped truckers locate truck stops and trucker parking. Then came the FAST Act in 2015 that will require all commercial truck drivers to use electronic logging systems by December 18, 2017. There is also truck tracking technology and in-cab dash cam systems that are used to reduce crime and improve safety.
Safety is a major concern as distracted driving is a rapidly growing concern. When you consider that a loaded, large truck, such as a propane truck goes 20 to 40 percent farther than cars before it is able to fully stop, it is easy to see that steps need to be taken to protect truck drivers as well as other motorists. Federal regulations have clamped down on certain behind the wheel activities in an effort to make the roads safer. In response, tech companies are coming forward with safer, savvier, hands-free trucking technology solutions designed to keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road while still having the ability to communicate.