My favourite line in the article: "Aerodynamics as a competitive differentiator." Aero is starting to become a metric that truck buyers are paying attention to and manufacturers are marketing. Here's hoping that consciousness spreads to the automotive market...
owners of big trucks are much more fuel economy concious that 99% of the population.
have any of you ever seen the honey comb blinds? (the automatic retracting ones? with no strings, you just push it up and it stays?) i was thinking the other day, it would save a bit of aerodynamics to attatch one of those to the leading edge of the trailer, and to the back of the truck. theres usually a 3 foot gap or more between the back of the truck and the front of the trailer, thats lots of room for air to sneak in and disrupt airflow.
I asked a friend who is a longtime truck driver (and owner operator)...and his response was the trucking companies (at least the ones owning the trailers) could care less what it actually costs the drivers for fuel...and when you figure the incredible amount of inventory that is being "warehoused" in extra trailers nationwide and on the railroads, it isn't likely to happen anytime soon to see any improvements or changes in the trailers. He did say that the area between the cab and trailer has been experimented with many times, but ultimately, it gets down to utility and durability winning out.
McIntyre's First Law: "Under the right circumstances, anything I tell you may be wrong."
O'Brien's First Corollary to McIntyre's First Law: "I don't know what the right circumstances are, either."