Future Truck Position Papers

Future Truck Position Paper 2017-5: Recommendations Regarding Future Trailer Energy Efficiency and Performance

Significant opportunities exist to collect or harvest energy using systems or technology on the trailer for improving the energy efficiency of the vehicle combination. Two such sources, solarenergy collection and regenerative braking are being investigated in earnest and are in the early stages of commercial development. The purpose of this paper is to facilitate increasedperformance and energy efficiency for trailers.

Future Truck Position Paper 2017-1: Future Energy Sources for Commercial Vehicles

Today’s heavy-duty truck manufacturers are increasing their focus on more efficient manage- ment of all types of energy in commercial vehicle (e.g., combination vehicle, straight truck, etc.). This position paper explores industry efforts at attaining alternate energy sources and what steps should be taken to implement such alternatives successfully for commercial vehicle operations.

Issued: January 2017

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Future Truck Program Position Paper 2015-3: Recommendations Regarding Automated Driving and Platooning Systems

The development and introduction of automated vehicle technology has sparked great interest within the trucking industry. Developed by TMC’s Automated Driving and Platooning Task Force under the auspices of the Council’s Future Truck Committee, this Position Paper offers several recommendations regarding the development and implementation of automated driving and platooning systems. It should not be viewed as an endorsement of automated driving and platooning systems.

Issued: December 2015

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2015-2: Future Driver Distraction Guidelines

The issue of driver distraction in Class 7-8 commercial vehicles has two major components. First, the vehicle often contains multiple information/warning devices and systems which can be confusing and distracting. Second, interactive electronic devices and systems can be added or brought into the driver compartment. The compounding effect of excessive informa- tion, warnings and alarms within the interactive electronic devices can result in high levels of driver distraction.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2015-1: 360° Driver Awareness Expectations

Vehicle crashes are greatly impacted by a driver’s knowledge of what exists around his or her vehicle. The term “360° Driver Awareness” describes technologies and devices that improve safety by increasing a driver’s knowledge of what is around his or her vehicle. This paper serves as a request for manufacturers and suppliers to share their plans for products that will be marketed within the next 10 years (or as soon as possible) to allow equipment users to better assess and implement the technology in their operations.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2014-1: Future Trailer Productivity— Increasing the Efficiency of Pre and Post Trip Inspections

Traditional methods for both pre- and post-trip inspections have existed for decades with few changes or improvements. Traditional tools and technology limit inspection effectiveness, add time to both the inspection and reporting, and contribute to the potential for errors and miscommunication of the resulting data. This paper explores technologies that may increasethe efficiency of pre- and post-trip trailer inspections and provides a vision for future development of technologies and systems for that purpose.

Issued: July 2014

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2012-1: Future Tire and Wheel Systems For Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicles

Users of light- and medium-duty vehicles (LMVs) have similar expectations for future equip- ment as do users of heavy-duty vehicles when it comes to matters of performance, maintain- ability, durability, reliability and serviceability. Those expectations are outlined in other TMC Future Truck Position papers concerning tires, wheels and retread/repair issues. However, LMV users do have some very unique operational circumstances that suppliers and manu-facturers should consider. This paper will outline these unique needs as identified by TMC’sFuture LMV Task Force.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2008-1: Future Wheel and Wheel Systems User-Driven Needs and Expectations

TMC’s Future Tire and Wheel Task Force has defined future performance requirements of tires and wheels according to fleet and end user needs and concerns. This includes all aspects of new tires, retread tires, tire repairs, new wheels, refurbished wheels, attaching hardware, and all associated maintenance issues. This TMC position paper defines future features and expectations for wheels and wheel systems in terms of product performance, maintainability, reliability, durability, and serviceability, environmental and educational issues.

Issued: July 2008

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2006-1: Future Systems for Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicle Exhaust Aftertreatment

The mandate for reduced tailpipe emissions from heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles has already left its mark on the trucking industry with the implementation of EPA’s 2004 standards. Technologies developed to meet the 2004 standards have been reasonably successful and, for the most part, have not required the use of expensive aftertreatment devices. While in- cylinder control of the combustion process should ultimately prove to be the most effective way to control emissions, there are those within the industry that believe that the cost-benefit peak has been reached.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2005-1: Recommendations for Corrosion Abatement

Commercial vehicle users should not need to replace a component over the vehicle’s useful life, or the useful life of that component, due to corrosion. (This includes surface corrosion.) Additionally, commercial vehicle users should not need to perform any maintenance (other than normal, periodic washing) to prevent corrosion. This position paper defines commercial vehicle users’ expected level of corrosion protection by vehicle type.

Issued: May 2005