IdleAire Technologies — The In-Cab Services Leader: Here’s a great example of a win-win situation.
The problem: Long-haul truckers would park their trucks overnight and let the engines run so they could get air conditioning in the cab. The side-effects: (1) air pollution, since an idling engine isn’t anywhere close to its peak efficiency; (2) lots of wasted fuel; and (3) noise pollution in the immediate vicinity of dozens of idling trucks.
Since air condition was the main point this hinged on, a company called IdleAir decided to bring the air (and much more) to the trucks. The truckers shut their engines off, and hook up one of these units through a window. The unit pumps cool air into the cab, and provides a screen with Internet access, 100 volt A/C, and USB ports.
Great use of technology to make things better for everyone. We need more ideas like this.