The Revolution Innovation Truck: The Tractor Cab of the Future!
Drivers who attended the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show were impressed with Freightliner Trucks latest creation, the Revolution Innovation Truck. This sleek, aerodynamic vehicle features day cab functionality combined with the latest technology and the advantages of a sleeper. A raised roof allows for more space inside and helps remove air gaps to improve airflow between tractor and trailer. This means less drag and more fuel efficiency. The wrap-around windshield improves visibility and there are side-view cameras that give the driver a wide angle view of the road. The cameras have replaced the traditional rear view mirrors, further decreasing drag and improving airflow. The rear wheel cover keeps air channeling smoothly. In an effort to reduce drag the top step is behind the door and there are no door handles but a sophisticated keyless entry system. The cab is roomy with lots of workspace and a large skylight to give it a feeling of spaciousness. There is ample storage plus a jumpseat that converts into a sleeper.
The Revolution Innovation Truck is equipped with an operating system that provides a connection to the internet and entertainment options. There is a Smart Navigation device with route mapping, internet capabilities and navigation tools. Automatic maintenance alerts direct the drive to the nearest Freightliner dealer. A sliding rear door leads to a large rear deck and trailer connections are easily accessible. The side baggage door allows the driver to load the truck from ground level. Nearly the ideal blend of function and comfort, you’ll be able to see this truck throughout 2012 at industry events and customer venues.
Truck Drivers Legally Required to Sleep?
Ask any trucker and he or she will probably tell you that the sleeper berth regulations is one of the most frustrating parts of their job. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has, up until now, established a 14 hours day with 8 hours of sleep. This inflexibility doesn’t work for a lot of drivers who would prefer to break up the 8 hours so that they can nap when they feel the need. Ann Ferro, FMCSA administrator, has announced that the agency is looking for a company to participate in a trial that breaks up the sleeping time into periods of no less than 2 hours. Truckers would have the option of a two hour nap and six hours sleep or any combination that best suits their needs. The goal is to see if such flexibility would improve safety statistics and benefit the health and safety of truck drivers.
Watch Out Cajun Truckers! New Toll Bridges Could Be Coming in Louisiana!
Watch out for your wallet! Lafayette, Louisiana, is considering tolls to help complete a 6 mile stretch of Interstate 49 south. Although not yet implemented these tolls may be on one or two stretches of road. One is an 18 mile section south of the city and the other is the 37 miles from Lafayette through Iberia Parish. The road has been seeking funding since 1990 with very little success. Another toll possibility is the 6 mile Lafayette Connector.