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Howard Precision Steer Wheel Control System

After Dee left Dee Howard Company (DHC), he founded River City Products, Inc. (RCP) to focus on his other engineering passion, automotive engineering. Specifically, to improve highway safety by making heavy over-the-road vehicles directionally stable, less fatiguing, and safer to drive. Dee licensed RCP to manufacture and sell the Howard Precision Steer Wheel Control System, which is still in service on over 3,000 heavy over-the-road buses, trucks, and recreational vehicles that have collectively driven hundreds of millions of in-service miles.

Due to failing health, Dee retired from RCP in 2006 and passed away on 12 February 2009. As one final tribute to Dee’s engineering genius, the final patent was issued by the US Patent & Trademark Office [No.7.806,419] to Durrell U. ” Dee” Howard on 5 October 2010.

News Clippings

  1. Steered in the Right Direction - San Antonio Express News, Thursday, August 12,1999 - Page 1E;
  2. Helping to Steer the Big Rigs - Popular Science - Sept. 1998, Page 29;
  3. Entrepreneur hopes to have Last Laugh with Steering Invention - Transport Topics (American Trucking Association, Inc) - Week of July 19, 1999;
  4. Fighting Fatigue - Heavy Duty Trucking, Sept. 1997;
  5. Fatigue Fighter - Commercial Carrier Journal-June 1999, Page 83;
  6. Steering by Design - Utility Fleet Management, Sept. 1999, Page 18;
  7. Automated Steer Correction Technology Research Supports Power Center Steering-Maintenance Manager, 3rd Quarter 1999, Page 22;
  8. Pioneer Bus Lines Gets Power Centering Systems - BUSLINE Magazine - July/August 1999, Page 114;
  9. Pioneer Bus Lines installs Howard Power Centering Systems on Prevost buses - Bus Business Journal - Sept 1999;
  10. Reducing Driver Fatigue and Improving Tire Wear with the Howard Power Center Steering System - Bus World, August/Sept 1999, Page 12;
  11. MCI Installs Howard Power Center Steering On All Viaggio Buses - BUSLINE, Sept/October 1999, Page 19;
  12. Power Steering-River City Products - The Private Coach Enthusiast - Vol. One, Issue Two, Page 19;
  13. Howard Power Steering Now Standard on Dina Viaggio – National Bus Trader, Nov. 1999, Page 8;
  14. MCI installs Howard Power Center Steering on all Dina Viaggio 1000 models - Bus Business Journal, Dec. 1999, Page 14;
  15. Howard Power Centering Steering - Motor Home, April 1997;
  16. Aviation legend Howard turns his attention to truck steering - San Antonio Express-News, January 14, 2004, Page E 1;
  17. Washington Post, Sun. July 3, 2005;
  18. Transporter Magazine, Oct. 1, 1997 Link to article
  19. HighBeam Research /, Nov. 1, 1997
  20. USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Pilot Test of Fatigue Management Technologies