Driverless crash trucks could help keep construction crews safer

Using autonomous crash trucks could help improve safety.

Published Wed, Aug 26 2015 6:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:04 PM CST

It seems like only a matter of time before autonomous trucks will hit US roadways, but it looks like there's a very specific purpose for the first to roll out: self-driving construction crash trucks, aimed to inform drivers about roadwork.

Using GPS waypoints, the autonomous workzone trucks are able to follow a lead car, mimic the lead vehicle's path, driving and braking patterns. The trucks are outfitted with rear-end crash barriers, lights, and large signs that update drivers to upcoming construction and road hazards.

"Any time a driver can be removed from these vehicles in a very dangerous situation, and if the vehicle's struck, there's nobody inside of it to receive the damage or the injuries, that's measuring success," said Robert Roy, president of Royal Truck & Equipment Inc, in a statement published by the Associated Press.

Two vehicles will be tested in Florida by the end of the year - and depending on how live trials go, could be utilized by future construction crews elsewhere.

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