Effective Methods to Safely Communicate with CMVs

Recommendation 29 in the Missouri Supply Chain Task Force’s final report focuses on the development of a communication method to relay critical information safely and effectively inside commercial motor vehicles (CMV) without posing a safety risk to the driver and the traveling public. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has a need to communicate with drivers of CMVs about exceptions to the norm on their route. These exceptions can include stationary features, such as a low bridge clearance or steep grade, and variable road conditions such as a work zone, narrowed lanes, a crash ahead, or a weather impact. Many methods for notification involve sending notices through a phone application. However, federal law prohibits CMV drivers from touching a mobile phone or reading messages while in operation. Current applications do not distinguish between general text messages and critical route information. This research would identify effective ways (or a system) for timely notifications to drivers allowing them to make informed decisions on whether to continue on the route, detour, or park at a safe location. This should also result in a more reliable highway freight delivery system.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $200,000
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Missouri Department of Transportation

      1617 Missouri Boulevard
      P.O. Box 270
      Jefferson City, MO  United States  65102
    • Project Managers:

      Hosey, Jenni

    • Performing Organizations:

      Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation

      Lafferre Hall
      416 S 6th St.
      Columbia, Missouri  United States  65201

      University of Missouri, Columbia

      Department of Civil Engineering
      Columbia, MO  United States  65211
    • Principal Investigators:

      Edara, Praveen

    • Start Date: 20230701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250102
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01892507
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Missouri Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: TR202410
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 7 2023 10:02AM