The concept of platooning, where two or three trucks travel in tandem, with the trailing trucks in effect having their movements controlled by the lead truck, could be here very soon.
Successful tests have already occurred in the US and Europe, and while those tests had drivers in each truck, there were significant advantages in terms of fuel costs from being able to reduce the distance between vehicles and more optimally controlling speed and braking. The tests have shown susing as much as a 7% reduction in diesel fuel consumption.
“Earlier this year, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry embarked on an unusual recording trip: They boarded a train in Chicago and over the course of several days and nearly 3,000 miles, they cut tracks at train stations along their way for an upcoming album called“Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad.” A video for the song “Gentle on My Mind,” recorded at San Antonio’s Sunset Station, premieres above on Speakeasy today.”
Please join us on April 18th to discuss Road, River and o’l Boy Politics.
“Winner of the 2006 National Council on Public History Book Award for the best work published about or growing out of public history, Road, River, and Ol’ Boy Politics has quickly established its reputation as the definitive source on the subject of the growth of supersuburbs.
In 1946 Williamson County was profoundly rural, centered on an agricultural economy, ethnically diverse, and Democratic. Half a century later, it was one of the five fastest-growing counties in the United States, staunchly Republican, and culturally homogeneous.
Linda Scarbrough presents the story of how this came about through the machinations of a handful of local political and economic “bosses” who brought Williamson County two federal public works projects: Interstate Highway 35 and a dam on the San Gabriel River.”