Automatic Steering For Conventional Truck Trailers: Development and Assessment of Operating Concepts for Improving Safety, Productivity and Pavement Durability

Longer combination vehicle (LCV) operations raise safety concerns and also can damage roadways and bridges not equipped to support the operations. The authors observed that a root cause of several major issues associated with LCV operations is the problem of offtracking. This offtracking problem can be drastically reduced with automated trailer steering (ATS) but the degree of the benefit is difficult to assess. ATS can be used to create a new mode of operations in which a tractor can pull a larger number of short trailers - Shorter Trailer Combination Vehicles (STCVs). The authors demonstrate the benefit of STCV operations for the household-goods moving industry.

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    University of California, Berkeley

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    McLaughlin Hall
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720

    University of California, Berkeley

    California PATH Program, Institute of Transportation Studies
    Richmond Field Station, 1357 South 46th Street
    Richmond, CA  United States  94804-4648

    San Jose State University

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    One Washington Square
    San Jose, CA  United States  95192-0085

    California Department of Transportation

    Office of Research, P.O. Box 942873
    Sacramento, CA  United States  94273-0001
  • Authors:
    • Tsao, H -
    • Dessousky, Y
    • Rangavajhula, K
    • Zeta, J B
    • Zhou, L
  • Publication Date: 2006-5


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 1 vol (various pagings + 1 CD ROM)
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  • Accession Number: 01386245
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-ITS-PRR-2006-8
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 9:03PM