Freight News Roundup – Car/Truck Crash Stats, Big Rigs from the Future, Oil and Cash

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Every week, we’re bringing the uShip community posts and articles about the transportation industry, transport policy and technology, and recent trucking news.

Report: Car drivers at fault in nearly 80 percent of car-truck crashes? OverdriveOnline.com

In pulling together several significant studies from the last decade, the American Trucking Associations has released a report concluding that many more times than not, drivers of cars are at fault in fatal car-truck crashes, and the association has presented this to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as more proof that the agency needs to do something about crash fault and accountability relative to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.


7 Concept Trucks of the Future
 – CDLLife.com

Concept TruckThe high cost of fuel and stricter EPA standards have the trucking industry clambering to design a truck that is functional, economical and meets the driver’s needs. The push for more aerodynamic and lower emissions truck designs has never been greater.  What do you think of these truck designs?

 

Find out just how much money you’ve given to oil companies over the years, how anonymous cell phone tracking can track traffic patterns, and the state of truckin in 2013 after the jump. >>

Trucking Industry Started 2013 ‘With a Bang,’ ATA Says  - Journal of Commerce

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.9 percent in January, after increasing 2.4 percent in December 2012.

Tonnage has jumped at least 2.4 percent every month since November 2012, gaining a total of 9.1 percent over that period. As a result, the index equaled 125.2 in January, compared with 121.7 in December. Compared with January 2012, the index rose 6.5 percent.

Study: 66 Percent of Your Fill-Up Goes Into Oil Company Coffers  - Wired Autopia

That new car you just bought? You’ll spend almost as much – if not more – filling it up as you paid at the dealer. And the majority of it will go directly into oil company’s pockets.

That’s the finding from a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists which found that, over the average lifespan of a vehicle, owners will spend about $20,000 in fuel during its 15-year run on the road and $14,000 will go directly to oil companies. For every $50 fill-up, $33 goes into the coffers of Chevron, ExxonMobile or BP, while very little of the remaining cash goes into the local economy or even back to oil company investors.

Cell phone tracking system reveals how traffic jams start - Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Smartphones have changed the way we drive, both by adding new distractions and by helping us get where we’re going with GPS-assisted directions and real-time information on traffic jams.

But what if smartphones could help eliminate some traffic jams, instead of just warning us when they exist? That’s the goal of a study using cell phone records and GPS data to track drivers’ movements and identify the sources of traffic.

The Boston Globe described the study today, noting that MIT and UC-Berkeley analyzed the cell phone records of 680,000 Boston-area commuters through call logs, “which identify the towers used to transmit calls,” allowing “the researchers to trace each individual’s commute, anonymously, from origin to destination.” This helped produce “one of the most detailed maps of urban traffic patterns ever constructed.”

Cell phone tracking

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