Trucker Cabin Preferences

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by daevidperez, Jul 28, 2022.

  1. daevidperez

    daevidperez Bobtail Member

    Jul 28, 2022
    Good evening, My name is David and I am a 20 year old engineering student. Currently, I am working for an university research project on the evolution of the trucking world.
    The main objective is to understand the change of the roll of the driver with all the automatization (e.g. from just driver to now even developing other tasks on the go).
    I was researching but could not find much information about:

    • Future cabin features:
      • Sleeping/berth options, or whether is better to go to a hotel?
      • Cabin materials: are truckers asking for better materials? And, are they being listened to?
      • Heating/ventilation options: lots of moisture must build up during sleeping hours. Are there any solutions offered by the different brands?
    • What about the maximum legal driving time, will it be raised with the deployment of autonomous trucks?
    • Any other suggestion on what you miss the most your trucks had?
    Any information would be much appreciated! And you might even all learn something new or find out that you all share same interests!
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  3. High Stepper

    High Stepper Bobtail Member

    Jun 8, 2022
    Square One
    Less technology, less emissions, cheaper fuel, manual transmissions. That's a good start.
  4. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Less plastic junk to break.
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  5. Hatt91

    Hatt91 Light Load Member

    May 18, 2018
    Regards to automation, the amount of control being removed from the driver is frustrating, automatic transmissions being top of the list. Most of the industry consists of company drivers, not people who buy or operate their own truck. With company drivers, a lot work for companies that have hundreds or even thousands of trucks. Management won’t necessarily listen to the drivers about what they like or don’t like. They pay attention to the bottom line, what is cheapest, what is most efficient. The drivers will then have to deal with management decisions.

    automatic transmissions require almost no input from the driver, they are allegedly more fuel efficient on average. It also opens up the labor pool to people who cannot drive a manual transmission but are otherwise eligible for employment.

    drivers, like me, who spent their first years strictly on a manual transmission do not like the automatics because they reduce the amount of control we have over the trucks. In the winter, forget about it. Automatic trucks are an absolute pain in the rear. We need to have more control over the driveline and amount of power delivered to the wheels to keep traction. Automatic trucks remove that.

    with management not concerned about driver comfort, That means plastic almost everywhere on the interior of the truck. It’s light, it’s cheap. Unfortunately that also mean it breaks easily.
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  6. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Trucks today have have electric a/c and 8 batteries on truck to power it when sleeping. They work good at night but parked in sun during summer not very good. They only blows cold are in sleeper because they did not design it to cool front of cab. They work need another or bigger electric a/c to cool entire truck. The truck still have regular a/c run from engine. So probably not enough room in truck for all this plus the power need to run even bigger electric a/c. They already have diesel APU that can heat and cool entire cab and sleeper.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2022
  7. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    You need to arrange a ride along with a driver for a few days to understand what’s you’re writing about .

    maybe even take a class to learn to drive
  8. JSanborn103

    JSanborn103 Light Load Member

    Jan 20, 2021
  9. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    They need to improve the ride quality. The roads are so bad it's crazy I think. Volvo trucks ride nice. Trucks can be spec with Air ride steer axle already.
  10. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

    Mar 15, 2021
    3...options ..
    1 a trucks like they were built in 1985
    2.... stop talking about autonomous trucks
    Or.. option #3 design a driver's seat patterned after a Gynecologist chair to make the new breed of truck driver feel more at home..maybe they will quit cry so much that way
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2022
  11. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Sleeper berth is better than a hotel 99% of the time

    I always want better materials, but outside of rolls royce, even car mfgrs dont care

    Humidity doesnt build in a truck without a source, vast majority of time, thats a leak, occasionally its cause you got soaked walking to the truck in the rain. You dont exhale enough to cloud the inside of a tduck with an even marginally working heater/ac, carpet and clothes plus mattress and bedding, those are bone dry and can absorb it easily for a good long time before being a worry
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