(KAIT/TALK BUSINESS & POLITICS) - A new state law that will allow truck drivers to use so-called platooning technology on state highways could be available as soon as later this year, according to a report from content partner Talk Business & Politics.
The law takes effect in August and officials said the law will deal with a state statute, seeking to restrict following distances to allow semi-trailers to travel in platoons.
There will be a 200 feet exemption for following distance between two vehicles. Supporters say that the technology will help with acceleration and braking, but will leave steering and systems control up to the truck driver.
Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton told Talk Business & Politics that the technology is used in about ten states, while newer trucks use the equipment to avoid accidents or rollovers.
Several companies with ties to the region, including Memphis-based FedEx Freight and Arkansas-based Walmart, have plans to use the technology.
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