The Transportation Research Board has provided a wealth of information relevant to the trucking industry over the years. Recently, the research board released a lot of those resources at a one-stop-shop for the industry and others interested to use.
The first topic mentioned is a big one: truck parking. For example, TRB points to a study that looks into parking availability patterns at facilities of different types. According to the research board, this study “can allow for more efficient scheduling and routing needed to produce more accurate estimated arrival times and billable miles.”
The Transportation Research Board also has information about health, wellness and safety issues for truckers. One study finds insufficient sleep can decrease a trucker’s level of alertness, increasing the risk of crash. However, the research board does not know much about effective ways to minimize this risk. Another study finds the “connection between hours of service, fatigue and accident frequency for truckers is complicated by the difficulty of measuring driver fatigue objectively, the invasive nature of capturing measures of the amount and quality of drivers’ sleep, and many factors contributing to crashes that are unrelated to lack of sleep.”
Also included in the Transportation Research Board’s collection of resources is information about autonomous vehicles. A study released in 2017 identifies existing and emerging freight regulatory, planning, policy and operational environments and challenges for autonomous truck technologies.
The Standing Committee on Trucking Industry Research is in the beginning phases of updating the Trucking 101: An Industry Primer public document. Last released in 2010, the current document is a decade old.
To access the Transportation Research Board’s collection of trucking industry resources, click here.
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