Big rigs, tractor trailers, and other commercial trucks have big side-view mirrors sticking out their sides. Most people see these mirrors as an important safety feature—one that allows drivers to see along the sides of their truck. However, a new plan suggests getting rid of these mirrors could actually help prevent trucking collisions.
In fact, in Europe, American company Stoneridge Inc. has already replaced some big rig side mirrors with a system of sensors and cameras. The trucks with these devices have been on the road since 2016 and proponents say the pilot project shows that replacing side-view mirrors can reduce truck accidents while improving fuel efficiency. Now, the company is using the system on real-world trucks in America and is seeking exemptions for mirrors from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Continue reading →