Devices and methods for reducing vehicle drag

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The Smarttruck Systems, Llc patent solves the following problem:

An ongoing effort to reduce the drag in vehicular structures is of great importance as the fuel economy will be a greater consideration in vehicular design. As the drag of a car increases, the amount of fuel needed to move vehicles also increased because of greater energy required to overcome drag. For example, it states that for a vehicle traveling at 70 mph, 65% of the total fuel consumption of the engine of the car used to overcome drag. Therefore, even a small reduction in drag experienced by a vehicle traveling at a speed of course would result in a significant improvement in fuel economy.

Our analysis of this patent is as follows:

Smarttruck Systems, Llc’s patent US 9056636 B2 deals with Devices and methods for reducing vehicle drag.
In some embodiments of the present invention, a vehicle trailer is described which includes a shelf component that extends from the side wall of the trailer and that describes a sloped surface.

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