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Ending idling trucks.

When truck drivers stop to catch forty winks, they usually leave their engines running in order to keep warm or stay cool. But in doing so, they burn billions of gallons of diesel fuel each year and pump millions of tons of pollutants into the air. A Knoxville, Tennessee company wants to do something about the problem. IdleAire Technologies has created a high-tech truck stop that will give drivers air-conditioning, phone service and cable television in their cabs. They will also provide wireless Interact access, through an agreement with Cisco Systems.

The pay-by-the-hour system resembles a car speaker at a drive-in movie theater. Trucks pull into bays that feature long, flexible tubes hanging from the roof. Each tube ends in a control panel and vents for heated or cooled air. A driver pulls the apparatus into the window and fasten it there. A touch-sensitive screen on the control panel will let them set the thermostat, check maps of the area or surf the Interact.

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Title Annotation:News: dispatches from around the world about healthy, sustainable living
Publication:Natural Life
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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