American transportation Research institute has identified its top research priority topics for 2021.
This year they tackle issues involving the introduction of Autonomous technology, further discussion of the marijuana policy, and details on CDL testing among several other topics — although priority was set primarily on these 3 topics.
The list of research topics were first introduced on March 2021 by ATRI’s research advisory committee.
They were awaiting its approval by ATRI’s board of directors in a meeting held on the final week of March. After scrutiny from the board of directors the 2021 list now includes the following topics.
Impact of Autonomous technology
Insights into the responsibilities of government in regulating autonomous vehicles. The research institute looks to draw out a solid outline of how the regulations control on the implementation and launch of the automated technology.
ATRI in collaboration with Federal Motor Carrier safety collected public sentiment on the matter.
The effect of autonomous technology to existing truck drivers. The study will look into the receptiveness of the current employed truck drivers to the automation of the system. They will look into the necessary skills and qualifications of the current drivers if they are able to navigate through the new system that will be set in place.
Research will also cover what part the autonomous technology will play in the current electronic logging device in place. Whether it can further improve and boost ELD mandate.
The effects of autonomous technology on the hours of service of current truckers will be tackled by ATRI as well.
Improvement of Testing, Data Collection and Research Implementation
Analyzing the efficiency of truck freight delivery through improved urban planning and smart city design.
The research will delve further into the logistical ergonomics of truck delivery and how cohesive it will be once better city planning and design is put into place. Research of how present Elog apps can be assimilated or if new logbook apps will be needed will also be taken up.
The improvement of data collection of commercial vehicle crashes. ATRI looks to investigate the accuracy of commercial vehicle crash data and analyzing its consistency by reviewing quality data through timely and precise submissions and better data management.
Improved cohesiveness and standardization of CDL testing. Current system in place does not have similar processes across different states.
ATRI will be looking into implementing the necessary requirements to pinpoint key practices in each testing center in hopes of creating a more universal set of tests that will provide the proper consumable outcome and data.
ATRI will be reviewing the policy of marijuana intoxication among drivers. They will revisit the processes of testing for intoxication in the United States and other countries to see the standards of what constitutes the peak intoxication levels.
Post study they wish to identify the recommend testing process and set standards as to the maximum level of intoxication that can be tolerated.
Keeping Up with the Changes
As times are changing, everyone affected by the change of policies and the innovation of the systems in the industry will need to learn to adapt and adjust.
To help truckers with their endeavor to stay on top of the ever-changing landscape of the trucking industry, they can take advantage of advanced telematics and start installing ELDs.