Peterbilt to help in analysis of driver fatigue
The PACCAR Technical Center in Mt. Vernon, WA, has given the Virginia Tech Center for Transportation Research a Peterbilt Model 379 long-haul/sleeper-cab tractor in exchange for a portable data collection system and for developing human factors specifications for displaying information to drivers. The study will determine the effects of sleeper berth use on long-haul drivers' alertness and driving performance.
Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Virginia Tech researchers are recruiting owner-operators and small company drivers to drive the research center's trucks. Surrounded by cameras, recordings will be made of steering, lane tracking, longitudinal movement, and how long before drivers need a rest break. Drivers will keep a log of when they go to the berth and when they get up.
The Center for Transportation Research will conclude its study in August 2000.
Volvo is again Super Bowl bound
Louie the Lizard? Little girl with voice like Joe Pesci who likes Pepsi? Who else might you see on the '99 agenda of wowie-zowie Super Bowl commercials? One for certain will be Volvo Trucks North America. In celebration of the event, Volvo also plans to throw 50 alcohol-free Super Bowl parties at Petro Stopping Centers across the U.S.
Super Bowl Sunday is Jan. 31.
Western Star Classic is a hit
Two Big Eight college teams duked it out at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO, Oct. 3 in the first Western Star Classic. The Nebraska Cornhuskers edged the Cowboys from Oklahoma State in front of a full house, 17-24. Western Star Trucks, Kelowna, BC, has announced plans to sponsor a similar event next season. Details were not disclosed.
Heavy truck sales booming
Sales of heavy trucks in North America jumped 28 percent in August, as Class 8 sales continue an upward trend. By the end of July, total sales for the year tallied 116,079 trucks. The fact that manufacturers had 237,500 orders backlogged at the end of June may explain why it takes so long to see delivery on a newly-ordered truck. LL