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Colorado to protect road crews with a self-driving truck

The Colorado Department of Transportation will use the "crash truck" to shadow Road Crews, and act as a shield to protect workers from being struck by speeding vehicles.

One unlucky worker is tasked with driving the crash truck behind a road crew that may be mowing, painting lines or performing other maintenance.

The job is dangerous given the risks of being at the wheel of a slow-moving truck that may be crashed into by vehicles moving at 75 mph.

Here's a case where I think everyone will agree we want to get workers out of these trucks," said Shailen Bhatt, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

But now Colorado has found a way to keep road crews safe, without risking a human life in the crash truck.


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