Not far off, large trucks that roar over the region’s highways may carry a technology allowing them to travel much closer together — even while saving lives and fuel.
Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, is sponsoring a bill in the Missouri General Assembly that would authorize testing for a connected vehicle technology — or truck platooning — program. A companion bill filed by state Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer, R-Odessa, has already begun advancing through the House.
Under current Missouri law, the traveling distance between trucks must be at least 300 feet. Hegeman’s proposal would exempt trucks participating in a testing program that relies on vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication. Although each truck would have a driver, the front driver would use the invisible linkage controls the speed and brakes of another truck immediately following it.
The program would be restricted to trucks on open stretches of public highways and be subject to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission’s approval.
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