Adoption of platooning technologies and federal approval of twin-33 foot trailers alone could save 43 billion gallons of diesel through 2050.
Washington, D.C.— A new report released today by Securing America’s Future Energy’s (SAFE) entitled “Heavy Duty Innovation: Energy, Automation & Technology in the Trucking Sector” identifies technologies and policy recommendations that could lead to a safer, more efficient trucking industry, while improving the country’s economic and national security by reducing our oil dependence.
“The transportation sector is in the midst of a technological revolution and policymakers have an opportunity to ensure the trucking industry is given the flexibility it needs to maintain America’s competitive advantage and spur economic growth. Innovative vehicle designs, as well as platooning, connectivity and automation technologies have the ability to enhance roadway safety, increase fuel efficiency and result in significant cost savings for all Americans,” said Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of SAFE.
The report identifies a number of current and future trucking technologies that can enhance road safety and increase fuel efficiency, including vehicle design innovations, connected vehicle technology and retrofitting of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
SAFE’s analysis found:
To encourage the adoption of these technologies and grasp these potential savings, SAFE proposes a range of potential policy recommendations that can provide the necessary clarity and flexibility for the trucking industry. These recommendations include:
About Securing America’s Future Energy
Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization that aims to reduce America’s dependence on oil. Near-total dependence on petroleum in the transportation sector undermines the nation’s economic and national security, and constrains U.S. foreign policy. To combat these threats, SAFE advocates for expanded domestic production of U.S. oil and gas resources, continued improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency, and transportation sector innovations including electric vehicles, natural gas trucks, and autonomous vehicles. In 2006, SAFE joined with General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, to form the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of business and former military leaders committed to reducing the United States’ dependence on oil. Today, the ESLC is co-chaired by Frederick W. Smith and General James T. Conway (Ret), 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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