Celebrate the intersection of data and research — on the road to employment

DriverReach Founder and CEO Jeremy Reimer welcomed President and COO Rhian Brewster. American Transport Institute (ATRI)In this week’s “Road of Employment” episode, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Institute as a leading provider of key research on key issues in the trucking industry.

On Thursday’s agenda, Brewster guided Raymer on ATRI’s 2021 research priorities and other areas of research being conducted to improve the safety and productivity of the industry.

2021 research topics

Brewster elaborated on ATRI’s Research Advisory Board (RAC) and how its members determine the areas of trucking that they focus on in their research each year.

“This group is responsible for reviewing approximately 20-30 different research proposals each year, developed by our staff or in collaboration with RAC members, or submitted by outside parties,” Brewster said. He added that RAC members come from the entire transportation industry. He has experience in car carriers, trucking industry suppliers, academia, government and law enforcement agencies.

“RAC members will spend two days reviewing each of these research proposals thoroughly to answer some of the fiery knowledge gaps in the trucking industry to improve safety and productivity. Discuss the benefits of research. “

ATRI’s for 2021 Research priorities Is as follows:

  • Understand how to integrate young people between the ages of 18 and 20 into the trucking industry.
  • Considerations for the charging infrastructure of electric trucks.
  • The impact of decriminalization of certain drugs on the trucking industry.
  • Quantify the camera facing the driver and the effect of the driver.
  • Understand the environmental impact of zero-emission trucks.

Truck bottleneck

ATRI collects and processes GPS data for trucks to support many US Department of Transportation (DOT) freight transportation initiatives. Using GPS data from more than one million trucks, ATRI has developed an ongoing truck bottleneck analysis of truck congestion in more than 300 locations on the US interstate highway system.

ATRI has put together the following list: Top 100 bottlenecks A national spot for truck drivers. The top three companies are currently in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Cincinnati and Atlanta.

“We have been working with the truck’s GPS Status Head since 2002 and have been working with USDOT to do a lot of analysis,” Brewster said.

“I remember the work we did on the bridge on Interstate 40, which connects Tennessee and Arkansas. We found that the bridge had structural cracks and changed traffic routes. You can quickly analyze USDOT to find out what’s happening on the alternative route the truck is taking, what’s happening during the travel time, and where the truck is being rerouted. It’s done. “

Prediction of truck collision

Brewster also touched on ATRI’s safety studies, including collision prediction. Published in 2018, Prediction of truck collision The report analyzed more than 435,000 personal records of truck drivers, including violations, convictions and crashes, and identified the driver’s behavior that most predicted future collisions.

“The latest iterations show that female professional drivers outnumber male professional drivers. Men in our dataset were involved in 20% more accidents than women.” Said Brewster. “That’s why it certainly makes sense to hire female drivers in the truck industry.”

Annual operating cost data collection

Brewster encourages car companies to attend ATRI’s annual convention. Operation cost data collectionCollects cost information directly from carriers and owners and managers and uses it for their investigation. With the data collected annually, this is one of ATRI’s most demanding research studies and is used by large and small trucking companies as a primary benchmarking tool.

Drivers independent of the car carrier must provide ATRI with operating cost data by August 20th. Brewster added that all participants will receive a pre-copy of the complete report.

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