USDOT, NACTO release guidelines to redesign large vehicles for urban areas

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) recently released two reports, Optimizing Large Vehicles for Urban Environments, with one report focused on downsizing and the other on advanced driver assistance systems. Large vehicles include, but are not limited to, freight trucks, waste management vehicle and fire trucks.

The reports detail opportunities for the public sector, considering that public agencies buy a notable number of large vehicles. Some recommendations are to use smaller yet equally capable emergency response vehicles, retrofit existing fleet vehicles for better visibility and use advanced driver assistance systems that include cameras, radar and sensors.