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Trusted Truck(R) II (phase A).

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      Trusted Truck II (phase A) ; Trusted Truck 2 (phase A) ;
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      NTL-FREIGHT-Trucking Industry ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Highway Safety ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Freight Planning and Policy ;
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      The Trusted Truck® Program was initiated in 2003 as a joint effort by NTRCI, Volvo and UT. The vision of the Trusted Truck® program is to develop a secure and "trusted" transport solution from pickup to delivery. The program's objective is to increase safety, security, and efficiency of truck transportation by presenting wireless credentials to roadside inspectors that confirm that the tractor, trailer and cargo meet all appropriate requirements for safe transportation of the cargo. By presenting these credentials without the need for the truck to stop, the number of inspections increase, the efficiency of the system improves, and inspectors can have more time to target trucks that are more likely to have safety and security violations. The Trusted Truck® II project is the four year continuation of this program. A demonstration of the Trusted Truck® II Year 1 functionality was successfully performed on April 25th at Volvo US Headquarters in Greensboro, NC. A new Volvo Trusted Truck® was equipped with several off-the-shelf systems to detect brake lining & stroke, tire pressure & temperature as well as the pressure status of an in-cab fire extinguisher. In addition, the tractor could detect the status of the lighting and stability control as well as seatbelt systems. The trailer was also equipped with a brake system that reported the status of the trailer's brake stroke. All the data generated from these systems was transferred to the roadside using a standard commercial cellular data link (GPRS). This year's effort also introduced the Trusted Truck® Management Center (TTMC), a data repository to be operated by a third party that consolidates all data as it is received from the truck and performs the wireless inspections. The TTMC is also capable of adding look-up data, demonstrated on April 25th by the addition of the make and model of the truck together with the name of the carrier and driver. The demonstration showed a "trusted" vehicle bypassing a roadside inspection using the TTMC as the method of delivering the inspection results electronically to the inspection station. It also demonstrated that if the vehicle failed the wireless inspection, the truck driver was informed on an in-dash display to enter the inspection station in the same manner as all other vehicles without Trusted Truck® status.
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