09/03/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)
Pennsylvania – A new driverless crash truck was demonstrated by a truck and equipment company that is designed to make work zones safer. The AP reported that two of the vehicles are set to be introduced at Florida highway construction sites by the year’s end as part of a state Department of Transportation demonstration program.
Robert Roy, president of Royal Truck & Equipment Inc. in Coopersburg, which demonstrated the vehicle said that although crash trucks fitted with truck-mounted attenuators have been credited as saving the lives of many construction workers by protecting them from oncoming traffic at project sites, drivers of the traditional crash vehicle types are still placed in harm’s way.
Roy is quoted as stating of the difference potentially made by the driverless crash trucks “Any time a driver can be removed from these vehicles in a very dangerous situation, and if the vehicle's struck, there's nobody inside of it to receive the damage or the injuries, that's measuring success.”
Royal is the country’s largest manufacturer of truck-mounted attenuators and has partnered with Micro Systems Inc. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida for the production of the driverless crash trucks.