21st century trucking: A trajectory for ergonomics and road freight

Melissa Bedinger*, G. H. Walker, Maja Piecyk, Philip Greening

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Over the past decade there has been significant pressure to minimise emissions and safety risks related to commercial driving. This pressure to meet the triple bottom line of cost, environment, and society has often resulted in the rapid application of vehicle technologies designed to mitigate undesired effects. Often the cognitive and behavioural effects of technologies on the commercial driver have not received in-depth analysis to determine comprehensive viability. As such, this paper aims to identify a timescale for implementation for future technologies for UK road freight, and likely associated human factors issues, improving upon the currently employed 'trial-and-error' approach to implementation which may carry high economic, environmental, safety-related risk. Thought experiments are carried out to broadly explore these future systems. Furthermore, this work aims to examine whether technology alone will be enough to meet future CO<inf>2</inf> reduction targets, and assess the role of behavioural and systems interventions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-356
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Issue numberPart B
Early online date28 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • Commercial vehicle drivers (CVD)
  • Heavy goods vehicles
  • Roadmapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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