Fact #371: May 9, 2005
Electronic Features on Heavy Trucks
The latest Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey asked truck owners if the truck had certain features as permanent equipment on the truck. Some of the features asked about were onboard computers, idle-reduction devices, navigational systems, and Internet access. Of the 2.3 million heavy trucks (class 7 and 8) in the Untied States, nearly 10% were equipped with onboard computers that had communication capabilities, and another 5% had onboard computers without communication capabilities. Six percent of heavy trucks were equipped with idle-reducing technology. Navigational systems and Internet access were available in less than 1% of heavy trucks.
|Share of Heavy Trucks with These Features|
|Trip recorder or onboard computer WITHOUT communication capabilities||5.5%|
|Trip recorder or onboard computer WITH communication capabilities||9.6%|
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, "2002 Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey," Microdata file, January 2005.