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Smart Cities, Crash Data, Marijuana Make ATRI's Top Research Priorities List

April 02, 2018

Continental has partnered with Columbus, Ohio to develop a Smart Columbus smart city initiative. ATRI wants to examine how trucking can be effectively incorporated into concepts like it. Image: Continental
Continental has partnered with Columbus, Ohio to develop a Smart Columbus smart city initiative. ATRI wants to examine how trucking can be effectively incorporated into concepts like it. Image: Continental

The American Transportation Research Institute's top research priorities for 2018 include smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and cannabis intoxication testing procedures, among others.

Each year, ATRI’s research advisory committee develops the list of topics at the group’s annual meeting. The topics are then vetted and approved by the ATRI board of directors, which announced its approval of this year's list. The list for 2018 mirrors new technological and societal changes that may have an effect on the trucking industry.

This year, ATRI listed urban planning and smart city design for trucks as a top research priority. The group wants to examine how and where truck freight delivery can be effectively incorporated in urban planning and smart city design approaches.

ATRI also wants to research the consistency and accuracy of commercial motor vehicle crash data. In looking at how crash data is currently being used, ATRI wants to identify ways to improve CMV crash data collection, quality, management and submission at the state and local levels.

Commercial driver’s license testing is another focus for ATRI in 2018. It will review the range of requirements for CDL testing across states and identify best practices in order to develop an effective set of testing requirements.

With the rise of autonomous vehicle testing and development within the trucking industry, ATRI plans to analyze how these technologies will change the operational environment and driving requirements for all commercial drivers.

Lastly, ATRI is looking into best practices for cannabis intoxication testing. By exploring best practices in the U.S. and abroad, ATRI plans to benchmark recommended maximum intoxication levels and identify recommendations for driver sobriety testing.

ATRI is a non-profit research organization affiliated with the American Trucking Associations that gathers and analyzes data on a wide range of transportation industry issues.

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  1. 1. Michael Milburn [ April 03, 2018 @ 07:17AM ]

    Per se laws specifying THC blood limits should not be included in any cannabis-related legislation. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledges that THC blood levels do not predict impairment and have no scientific basis (p. .28, ).

    No one should drive impaired, but actual impairment should be measured. I have developed a new public health app that measures actual impairment--it is called DRUID and is available now in the App Store and in Google Play. DRUID measures reaction time, decision making, hand-eye coordination, time estimation and balance, and then statistically integrates hundreds of data points into an overall impairment score. DRUID takes just 2 minutes.

    NORML of California is promoting DRUID on their website see

    DRUID was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and this past December on Spokane Public Radio:

    After obtaining my Ph.D. at Harvard, I have been a professor of psychology at UMass/Boston for the past 40 years, specializing in research methods, measurement and statistics.

  2. 2. Bruce [ April 23, 2018 @ 09:00AM ]

    Problem is the use of smartphones by drivers. Many times I see a driver who is having difficulty staying on the highway and when I quickly drive past I see them on their phone and driving with one hand on the wheel or looking down at their smartphone to read or type in a text message.
    Fix is easy. Have the smartphone companies add code to deactivate texting when the phone is in motion at more than 5 mph. For every driver who may be impaired by pot there are 10,000 drivers who are impaired by their use of their smartphones while driving.


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