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(FOX6Now)   Australia's idea to prevent oversize trucks from crashing into bridges and tunnels is all wet   (fox6now.com) divider line 17
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10752 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 May 2013 at 11:51 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-05-15 11:59:23 AM  
4 votes:

Cup Check: Simple solution. Just ban big rigs, make companies deliver their goods by rail. Rail companies will prosper, traffic congestion will ease in urban centers. Win/win for everyone


And how do you propose that we move merchandise from the freight yards to the stores?
2013-05-15 12:01:55 PM  
3 votes:

EvilEgg: Why don't they move the water screen 100 yards back?

You probably need the darkness of the tunnel to make the projected stop sign very visible.
2013-05-15 04:11:27 AM  
3 votes:

doglover: That's a cool piece of tech, but would it kill them to just put up wooden polls at the right height. If your vehicle starts hitting poles, you'll stop.


Then they knock off the poles into cars and sometimes it kills people.
2013-05-15 12:02:12 PM  
2 votes:

Cup Check: Simple solution. Just ban big rigs, make companies deliver their goods by rail. Rail companies will prosper, traffic congestion will ease in urban centers. Win/win for everyone


So how are you going to get your goods from the rail depot to the warehouse, and from the warehouse to where they're needed?
2013-05-15 10:13:40 AM  
2 votes:

doglover: That's a cool piece of tech, but would it kill them to just put up wooden polls at the right height. If your vehicle starts hitting poles, you'll stop.


Did you see the glaring, flashing, animated signs that the truckers were ignoring?  I'm thinking that they'd fail to notice spinning blades, much less poles!

I like that someone creative has found an employment niche by sparing the rest of us from the ill effects of stupid people and their blithe wandering through life.
2013-05-15 10:02:12 AM  
2 votes:

DON.MAC: doglover: That's a cool piece of tech, but would it kill them to just put up wooden polls at the right height. If your vehicle starts hitting poles, you'll stop.

Then they knock off the poles into cars and sometimes it kills people.


Obvious solution:  Put up fricken lasers to cut the excess tops off the trucks before they get to the overpass.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-14 07:22:39 PM  
2 votes:
How hard is it to just standardize these hights? Trucks can't be over X feet tall, all overpasses must be at least Y feet high... Just seems like common sense...

In America we have a standard big truck height, 14 feet. Overpasses are supposed to have 14 feet 6 inches clearance when new, or 16 feet on the Interstate system. (The six inches allows room to add a new layer of pavement.) Many bridges are older than the uniform height rules.
2013-05-14 07:14:37 PM  
2 votes:

Honest Bender: How hard is it to just standardize these hights? Trucks can't be over X feet tall, all overpasses must be at least Y feet high...  Just seems like common sense...


There are rules, people just load their trucks over the rim of the trailer (like the truck in the video) etc
2013-05-15 02:47:43 PM  
1 votes:

traylor: It does not stop the vehicle, just shows an additional warning that can be ignored. It needs water, electricity, and maintenance- and apart from the higher costs, it also means a lower availability.

Lame and stupid.


So ... what's your solution? The whole point of this installation is to *prevent damage* to the tunnel and trucks -- along with end the delays caused by collisions with the tunnel roof. Twenty odd minutes stopping traffic and backing the truck out is a lot quicker, easier, and cheaper than several hours extricating the trailer and repairing the damage. The projection is a last ditch effort to stop a driver that has gone past all the other warning devices: a giant red "Stop" sign materializing in front of you is pretty hard to ignore.
2013-05-15 02:33:00 PM  
1 votes:

turotl: Why not use a low-tech solution?

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x333]

/ Link is hot


Drivers go through those things all the time. If they're not paying attention to signs at eye-level they're probably not going to notice signs that are overhead, and if the truck is big and/or loud enough they'll never notice the noise or vibration when they hit the sign either.

Throwing a giant STOP sign right in front of them is somewhat harder to ignore.
2013-05-15 02:22:00 PM  
1 votes:
How about an iron spike that drops to driver head level?
2013-05-15 12:17:54 PM  
1 votes:
That's a pretty damn cool system - safe and smart.  And would be cool for party lights.
2013-05-15 12:17:22 PM  
1 votes:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Cup Check: Simple solution. Just ban big rigs, make companies deliver their goods by rail. Rail companies will prosper, traffic congestion will ease in urban centers. Win/win for everyone

And how do you propose that we move merchandise from the freight yards to the stores?


Easy, just build everything along rail corridors.  They can throw the stuff off the train as they go by.
2013-05-15 12:12:41 PM  
1 votes:

Clemkadidlefark: Here's a thought

Quit hiring idiots to drive your trucks

/was that hard?


Right. You should hire university graduates, because when I think of a degree in CompEng or Masters of Arts the first thing that springs to mind is Truck Driving, hell yah.
2013-05-15 10:31:00 AM  
1 votes:
Why don't they move the water screen 100 yards back?
2013-05-14 06:15:08 PM  
1 votes:
That's a cool piece of tech, but would it kill them to just put up wooden polls at the right height. If your vehicle starts hitting poles, you'll stop.
2013-05-14 06:03:27 PM  
1 votes:
Maybe they can get them to stop driving on the wrong side of the road as well.
 
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