As most states try to figure out how to lure self-driving car development inside their borders, Colorado is several steps ahead.
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.
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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