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Truck height digital beacon

Attach to the truck roof or on the roof of the topmost car in the tow truck
 
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Works with a magnet for tow trucks, has straps for attaching on top of truck's payload, or permanently installed on the truck or bus roof.

This piece of hardware connects to mobile-eye, waze or google maps, and prevents bridge crashes.

This idea follows a discussion with a tow-truck owner who told me of the dangers he faces daily. See link

pashute, Aug 10 2017

https://www.youtube...watch?v=USu8vT_tfdw Some of these are repetitions from different angles. The best one is the last one [pashute, Aug 10 2017]

Truck hit bridge a week after this idea. Driver killed. https://www.youtube...watch?v=BuYFyCcrclk
[pashute, Aug 22 2017]

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       Hey!! Changes to the Halfbakery? Is this permitted?! ;-)   

       Jutta, thanks for years and years of fun! We all wish you a long, healthy and happy life!
pashute, Aug 10 2017
  

       A suitably programmed GPS on the dash could do this, shirley ? No need for external hardware.
8th of 7, Aug 10 2017
  

       And how would it know your height and in which lane you are? Especially for the constantly changing height of a tow truck?   

       A suitably trained camera could do the lane thing, especially if it is a Mobileye plugin. But it wouldn't know this vehicle's height, and what about getting the info about the bridges? What if something is hanging off it, that yesterday was not? (And that does happen).   

       Then again maybe we can go about it the opposite way!! Bridge mounted camera sees your truck advancing, recons the height according to your location (say three stripes on the road. If there is something wrong it flashes a red light, and sends a warning message to your waze.
pashute, Aug 10 2017
  

       // Then again maybe we can go about it the opposite way!! Bridge mounted camera ... flashes a red light, and sends a warning message to your waze. //   

       Or one could erect a hanging bar (known as a clearance bar) above the street some distance in front of the bridge.
scad mientist, Aug 12 2017
  

       Last week, a week after I posted this, a truck driver drove into a bridge on Israel's most congested highway, taking it down and killing only himself.
pashute, Aug 22 2017
  

       Last week, a week after I posted this, a truck driver drove into a bridge on Israel's most congested highway, taking it down and killing only himself.
pashute, Aug 22 2017
  

       Looking at the video, what is astonishing is not that the truck hit the bridge, but that doing so flipped and brought down an entire span. Did nobody consider adding a few bolts when they built it?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 22 2017
  

       There's probably something in Leviticus that says how many bolts you can use. After all, both Noah's Ark and the Ark of the Covenant (plus its enclosure) are pretty tightly specified in both materials and construction. It wouldn't be a surprise if there used to be a set of engineering drawings at the back ... they probably got mislaid during the exile in Babylon ...
8th of 7, Aug 22 2017
  
      
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