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Transparent Trucks

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Headlines Today
I saw on the news the other day that Samsung is developing a system where trucks seem transparent for drivers.

They have a great idea of connecting a camera at the front of the truck to a screen on the back in order to allow drivers to see what is going on in front of the truck.

I love this idea, it allows drivers to see if they can safely pass the truck and it can give people a heads up if there is an accident ahead.

A Brief History of the Idea
This idea was developed by Art Lebedev, a Russian design company that offers various products. They formulated the idea in 2009 and Samsung is rolling with it, so to speak.

Pros and Cons
Now, there are some very important pros, in my opinion, to this idea. The fact that it will lessen accidents around big rigs, and the potential to prevent more injuries occurring during accidents (people will see an accident that has already happened and know to stop before it’s too late).

The cons, however might make this idea a rarity. There is no financial gain projected in regards to the companies who are targeted, and it could be a distraction to drivers rather than a help.
I know if I saw through a truck it would be a bit weird and distracting at first.

What is your opinion
What do you think? Would it be worth it for more trucking companies to utilize this software or are there other safety precautions that are already good enough to help prevent more accidents?

Is it a waste of money? Or is there a way it could save companies in the long run? 

Read more about it:
http://www.gizmag.com/samsung-safety-truck-cameras-screens/38122/

 

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Testing Driver’s Health

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Health Tests for Drivers

I just finished reading an article from Land Line about drivers seeking second opinions on their check ups from DOT certified examiners.

About the Article

It was a very interesting read so I’ll just give the gist of it.

In the article, they say how drivers can go to different doctors and seek a second opinion however, they should give both doctors their full history.

However, one driver went to a doctor who falsified some of his information in an attempt to get him to take a test for Sleep Apnea, which seems to be a problem.

The driver had given this doctor a note from his primary physician which stated he did not have Sleep Apnea, however, the doctor still wanted to test him.

It seems there are several cases where drivers are being tested for certain diseases based solely on the fact that they are truck drivers, and disregarding information provided by past doctors.

Do Doctors Cheat?

I believe the bottom line of this article is that doctors could be trying to test patients in the trucking industry to obtain more income (the more tests they do the more money they get).

However, there are also those whom would write the note saying it is not this condition because if a truck driver has sleep apnea they would not be able to perform at their job, causing income to be reduced.

What do you think, have doctors used their power to get more money in the long run?

Do you know doctors who would say you are okay when you should be tested?

Have you had experience with tests you felt were unnecessary?

Comment below and let me know!

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Hello World of Trucking

Introductions

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Hello World of Trucking, Dr. Dispatch users, subscribers, and potential customers.

I will be taking over the blogs for now, hopefully I prove to be a satisfactory blogger for the company, and for the readers.

I am hoping to create an area where we can discuss some of the recent news around trucking.

Speed Limits
An article that was published on Fleet Owner’s site says that speed limiting may be coming to trucks. It is an interesting concept and I wonder how it might affect how shipment is handled.

What might be the opinions of our subscribers? Do you believe this will affect how quickly freight is delivered? Will it cause more truckers to drive when fatigued?

My only thought on this issue is that there are some areas on the road where the speed limit is higher than 65.  I suppose they decided 65 would be the cap out due to it being the average speed on most highways.

Self-driving Trucks, coming soon?
In addition to this technology, there are several sites, Fleet Tracker, Trucking Info, etc… that have articles about self driving vehicles.

Rolf Lockwood of Trucking Info says that there should be some Self-Driving Trucks from the Netherlands in about 5 years. This can change the world of trucking, but would it be for the better?

 

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/article/story/2015/04/commentary-self-driving-trucks-sooner-than-you-think.aspx

http://fleetowner.com/regulations/speed-limiting-remains-contentious-trucking-issue

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