ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two tractor trailers, zooming down the interstate, and linked together through wireless technology could be the future of Missouri highways.
If Governor Jay Nixon signs a measure to authorize “platooning,” is now sitting on his desk after it passed the legislature this session.
House sponsor Charlie Davis says there are a couple of good reasons to authorize it, but primarily it’s the increased fuel mileage.
“The lead truck gets about eight percent higher fuel mileage. And the second truck behind it, it gets 10 percent increase,” Davis says. ” So it increases the miles-per-gallon.”
What the bill doesn’t do is remove the driver from either truck — a fallacy he says was started by Teamsters who oppose the bill because they believed it would eliminate driver jobs.
Here is an video demonstration of what platooning could look like on Missouri highways:
The Webb City Republican says if his House Bill 17-33 is signed into law, it would only authorize MoDOT to begin testing the idea of big rigs travelling in tandem.
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