Technology Assists Truckers in Michigan Seeking Rest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- Interstate 94 between Detroit and Chicago is being used for a pilot project that alerts semi-truck drivers to available parking spaces at places like rest stops.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that signs posted near parking areas will be updated with real-time information on available spaces provided by sensors under each space that can detect when an 18-wheeler is there.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Nick Schirripa says the signs will be activated by next spring. Cameras also will be installed and monitored from an operations center to verify information.

The idea is to have less crowding on ramps, where drivers often park when no spaces are available at the time the law says they must leave the road.

The $4.5 million project is federally funded.

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