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Cover of Future Trends in Heavy Vehicle Design
Future Trends in Heavy Vehicle Design
  • Publication no: AP-R244-04
  • ISBN: 0 85588 691 9
  • Published: 24 March 2004

In developed countries there is significant public pressure to ease traffic congestion and improve vehicle safety. Developments are also being made that will improve fuel efficiency, lower compliance costs and provide improved targeting of enforcement activities. These new technologies have the potential to not only improve vehicle safety but also improve the efficiency of vehicle inspections and enforcement procedures. This report assesses technologies installed on heavy vehicles by grouping them in the following primary areas: Braking, tyres and suspension, steering, vision, fuel efficiency, crash avoidance, vehicle monitoring and crash mitigation. The introduction of these new technologies and the benefits that will accrue are strongly influenced by the rules governing heavy vehicle design and operation, as well as the public's perception of these technologies. Finally, this report links and then ranks the new technologies to various compliance and enforcement strategies road authorities may wish to pursue in the future.

  • FUTURE TRENDS IN HEAVY VEHICLE DESIGN
  • SUMMARY
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
  • 2. METHODOLOGY
  • 3. REVIEW OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN HEAVY VEHICLE DESIGN
  • 4. NON-VEHICLE NEW TECHNOLOGIES AFFECTING SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE
  • 5. INSTITUTIONAL BARRIERS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION
  • 6. IMPACTS OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES ON FLEET MANAGEMENT AND DRIVERS
  • 7. EFFECTS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY ON VEHICLE COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT
  • 8. POTENTIAL ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE STRATEGIES
  • 9. CONCLUSIONS
  • 10. REFERENCES
  • INFORMATION RETRIEVAL