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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

Position Paper

S.14 Study Group Information Report 2016-1: Battery Electric Vehicles in Light- & Medium-Duty and Specialty Truck Commercial Applications

A Class 1-6 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) powered solely by electricity is much different than a CMV powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) or by hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) design. A battery electric vehicle (BEV) design includes storage only for its onboard battery capacity, not fossil fuel. The battery capacity has a direct impact on vehicle range and powered features. The electrical propulsion system requires a high voltage supply andsignificant current draw that dictates the capability and therefore the battery capacity.

TMC IR 2015-3: Exploring the Potential for 48-Volt Commercial Vehicle Electrical Systems

Forty-eight volt electrical systems represent a great potential to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Idle stop-start technology can help save fuel while the vehicle is motionless, and torque assist can also be supplied to the engine for launch and low-speed momentary acceleration. Increased energy storage and recapture of brake energy is also possible through 48-volt electrical/electronic (E/E) technology, further improving on overall efficiency.

TMC IR 2015-2: Automated Driving & Platooning: Issues & Opportunities

This Information Report is published by ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and examines the intensive activity in the development and introduction of Automated Vehicles (AVs) and identifies potential issues and opportunities for the trucking industry. Downloadable PDF only. $19.95 TMC/ATA members; $29.95 non-members.

Issued: December 2015

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.

S.3 Engine Study Group Information Report 2015-1: Evaluation, Specification, Deployment and Maintenance Considerations for Natural Gas Powered Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles

Natural gas fuels can be a suitable alternative to diesel fuel for commercial vehicles in certain environments and applications. However, it is best to understand all facets of the operation, discuss them both internally and with local vendors (where applicable), and to establish re- alistic return-on-investment targets up front. Taking the time to build a proper business case and understand all the variables that come into play will pay dividends in terms of ensuringa successful natural gas vehicles deployment that meets corporate financial, reliability andacceptance expectations.

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


The purpose of this Recommended Practice (RP) is to provide information for judging the performance of aftermarket brake linings on air-actuated foundation brakes, including testing in accordance with the dynamometer test procedure in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 and lining supplierqualification information. Such information will assist fleet operators in choosing aftermarket brake liningsthat will perform adequately on typical combination (tractor/trailer) vehicles and single trucks.

Issued: June 2014