Are those 80,000 pound trucks tailgating each other? Soon it may be perfectly normal — and safe

If you look to the next lane and see two 18-wheelers roar past at 70 mph with just 10 yards between them, you’ll probably think they are dangerously close.

In this high-tech age, that may no longer be true. In fact, it might be just the opposite, and it might even end up saving you money.

A wave of new technology intended to make trucks safer — using radar, cameras and reflective light scanning — is sweeping the industry. By next year, much of it may be combined to put pairs of trucks on the road at a distance that before would not have been possible or safe.

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