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  • Pros & Cons: Speed Limiters   19 weeks 6 days ago    

    If safety is the real issue, why don't we look at safety devices/systems that make trucks stop more in line with automobiles. Trucking is one of the few industries to embrace drum brake technology. Why do airplanes and higher performance cars use disc brakes. Europe has taken the lead over the USA on disc brake usage in trucks. If you make trucks stop in a similar distance to cars, you will increase safety regardless of the speed too.

  • Digital disruption, friend or foe (part 1): Self-driving trucks, Uber-for-freight   19 weeks 6 days ago    

    "Big Picture" thinkers ARE needed. If you think about the man-hours involved to move a ton of freight, our railroad system wins - hands down. And also for ton-miles per gallon - whether you measure gross or net tons. A "peleton" may be the new mixed-mode, but if that is what you are aiming at, why not just cover all but the first and last mile on steel rails? The current infrastructure and management can't handle that. But, the current highway infrastructure can't handle much more, either.
    The trucking industry has the edge when it comes to speed of delivery and the ability to provide a unique service for each customer.
    I am for automation, especially if it improves safety. If it also reduces energy use and man-hours, that is a bonus for everybody. Let's not be hasty; let the new technologies prove themselves. "Slow and steady......" (you finish the adage).

  • A bit of caution for autonomous vehicles   20 weeks 2 hours ago    

    Interesting technical questions (and answers). But, that might be the tip of the proverbial iceberg. What about the auto insurance industry? A key issue will be who underwrites what for how much. Will auto and truck manufacturers and/or their partners "guarantee" their systems? "Autonomous" may be a better driver than most humans under most conditions, but it is still a man-created system with many potential paths to failure. When it fails (and it will), will the damage be to a lesser or greater degree than if a human were acting in the same situation?

  • Ford at the 2017 Washington Auto Show   20 weeks 1 day ago    

    Love the Pickups...



  • A bit of caution for autonomous vehicles   20 weeks 3 days ago    


    I'd like to answer a few of your questions that pose. Also, btw - the Tesla driver that died had 7 seconds to respond. THat's a lot of time.

    Below are your questions - i'll answer

    There are other factors to consider too, like the fact that there is no
    clear definition of what “minimum object detection” should be.

    Can the sensors on an autonomous vehicle spot a car in the roadway in any orientation? - Yes it can.

    Can it spot an armadillo? - Yes - both LIdar and object recognition

    A deer? - Yes, both Lidar and object recognition

    A moose not moving? - Yes, whether or not its moving has no affect on object recognition.

    A pothole full of water or ice? Differentiate metal plates in the roadway? - Yes - water and ice can be differentiated

    Confusing paint lines as occurs in construction zones where they paint black over the old dashed lines and add temporary new white lines? - Yes - through lidar, it can differentiate different hues of colors.

    LArge Tumbleweed - yes it's picked up, but not by radar, but through lidar and object recognition.

    Deal with a sudden flat steer tire? - Flat tires wouldn't be sudden with preventative maintenance and telematics

    No, the software doesn't fail. I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that human drivers are better drivers than autonomous drivers.

    The one scenario that is to be determined are worst case scenarios - and that's something that the industry hasn't decided yet.

    Do you run off a cliff or do you run into a truck. Those decisions have not been configured yet.

  • Driver fitness: 'Fear makes them coachable'   20 weeks 6 days ago    

    great idea wait until you cant wear a lap belt to realize you need to shed pounds

  • Renault-Nissan planning big self-piloting vehicle push   20 weeks 6 days ago    

    By the way, Not only automotive brands are merging at the moment also aftermarket brands and accessories. I read an article of it blog.

  • Using GPS data to battle truck bottlenecks   21 weeks 4 hours ago    

    Congestion is a big factor in "real" vehicle consumption. What good is a 15 Mpg truck or a 54.5 mpg automobile if it is idling or crawling along for 5 or 10 miles? if you can keep traffic moving, even at 40 mph or so, the vehicle will get better fuel mileage than in the stop-and-go mode.

  • Renault-Nissan planning big self-piloting vehicle push   21 weeks 21 hours ago    

    Pretty interesting article you have here. Love the Nissan concept design by the way.

  • The real struggle: Convincing shippers that trucking has value   21 weeks 1 day ago    

    Convincing shippers that trucking has value through the implementation of new or better technology has an enormous limitation. Drivers and steering wheel holders must be trained to correctly utilize this technology in order for it to provide the value intended. After over two decades and thousands of freight shipments I still encounter on an almost daily basis drivers and operations staff that are not very "tech savvy". The real challenge is training and retaining a technologically competent workforce. So the reality as I see it is trucking companies bottom lines will shrink just to stay relevant. Investing in tech and training a workforce will increase cost in the hope that the value added might provide profit at some point.

  • Fitting freight into the urban planning process   21 weeks 2 days ago    

    They really should include it with their plans. I do agree with the writers concept idea.

  • Bigger cities, more urban freight   21 weeks 3 days ago    

    I surely agree with this article. The writer has a good point about how the demand for more freight as the bigger cities emerges.

  • Figuring out how to improve urban freight flow   21 weeks 6 days ago    

    I believe OTTO has a similar plan as this read a similar article as this at

  • Automation in vehicles and trucking: Imperfections and solutions   22 weeks 20 hours ago    

    Isn't it OTTO a company that offer autonomous driving truck is the first company to offer such service in the trucking field? I read a blog from 4WheelOnline the even Uber partnered with OTTO to apply their software with their fleet.

  • Truck drivers in the crosshairs of gout   22 weeks 23 hours ago    

    Charles, I feel your pain. I had my first bout on I-55 in MO several years ago. Sudden pain, no relief, etc. After a couple doctor visits and medication that really didn't give me long term cure, I tried Gout Cure and have not had another attack since. Just wanted to offer a little help from an x-gout sufferer.

  • FMCSA initiates drug and alcohol survey   22 weeks 1 day ago    

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) nice article. i appreciate

  • ATA names Drake senior vice president of legislative affairs   22 weeks 1 day ago    

    This is nice article for ATA. i want to say that than you.

  • Driverless vehicles: a near-term reality?   22 weeks 1 day ago    

    I read some where that Ford is aiming 2020 to full blast with their driver less vehicles so that about 4 years from now.

  • No end in sight for worsening driver shortage   22 weeks 3 days ago    

    Does it matter where I screen my hires from? You guys mentioned hire right, but I'm needing to screen at least 3 every week and a cheap or free option would be great. I was background report for new employees - but if there is a cheaper or free option somewhere else please post in.

  • Suggesting 60-68 mph, FMCSA, NHTSA propose truck speed limiters   22 weeks 3 days ago    

    Trucks driving fast, yeah that's what causes no, what causes accidents is trucks driving 62mph down the road and somebody in their car driving 75 mph in a 70 mph speed limit, which everybody does, and they drive right into the back of a truck or swerve to the passing lane and hit another car because the government refuses to train people to drive properly. They just don't realize how fast they are coming up on the truck. They should pass a law saying that carriers should have to set their truck speeds so that they can run the highest speed limit in each state instead of slowing them down. If they do this we need to double freight rates and force these people who believe they know best to pay for it with everything they purchase. I don't know what study they come up with leads them to believe trucks are driving too fast and getting into wrecks but I'm willing to bet that 85% of trucks now can't do 68mph so where are they getting their data to support whatever theory they have? This is unbelievable, just when they come up with something stupid and you think they can't come up with something as ignorant as that, BAM, IGNORANCE
    I would like to propose a study for the IGNORANCE to figure out, why don't they figure out how many people have died because of the dumb laws they create because it seems like their ignorance leads to more accidents not fewer

  • FMCSA to prepare safety fitness rule addendum   22 weeks 5 days ago    

    Looks like this going to favor JB Hunt, Schneider,swift...The cast of usual suspects.

  • 2017 outlook: Some upside with Trump, but driver wage inflation a concern   22 weeks 5 days ago    

    Perry's lament that “There is a significant chance that we could get wage inflation on the trucking side" is spoken from an Ivory Tower somewhere, like West Philly. He and most others who profit from the labor of the trucker, just cannot see that the root cause of all the anguish to "control" drivers is Wages and the lack of proper compensation for all hours worked. I would bet his yearly bonus that he would not expect his local fire department to try to recruit firemen if they were not paid to sleep at the fire station, so they would be instantly ready to save His house when called upon. So until the arrogance of management types like Perry is squashed, the outlook for drivers will be the same. Rate hikes? These will only profit the companies............wanna bet?

  • All about ELDs: Ready your fleet's strategy   22 weeks 6 days ago    

    Notably missing from the list of exemptions is those who are fully exempt from all hours of service regulations , such as Utility Service Vehicles. Said industries who have benefited from being HOS exempt will continue to do so regarding ELD's.

    The repair,upgrade or maintenance of any public utilities allows a very broad, all encompassing exemption from ALL hours of service rules.

    Andy Blair

  • Is the technician shortage becoming a catastrophe?   22 weeks 6 days ago    

    Hey Seabee,are you a tech or a manager or a shop owner?I'm a flat rate auto tech and my first year out 32 years ago I made 42k and it wasn't much then.My first day of automotive school we were taught to expect a minimum of 40% of the shop rate as a journeyman after school and a 2 year apprenticeship and 50% for specialty training such as transmissions.I invested in the extra tools and training for a transmission specialty and started at age 19 making 50%.Paying a tech 40-50% of the stated shop rate are ethical service trade standards and a 100-150% labor cost mark up.Apprentices worked under a journeyman and split the 40% with his mentor because the mentor had to check off on their work and were responsible for it.Do you understand how they have bastardized the biz and are over capitalizing on the techs and overcharging the customer now?They try to plug these lower paid less skilled and trained techs in where they can calling them B or C level paying them half as much or less but still charging the customer the same as if a certified journeyman had done the work.We have Mercedes shops charging $158 an hour then will wheel the car in the back room and have a rookie paid $20 an hour do the work when the customer is lead to believe a German scientist had done it.This is a 800% labor cost mark up to the customer and a complete ripoff.They are not wanting skilled and properly trained techs because they have to pay them but still want to charge the public as if they were.They are blowing the trade to Hell!

  • The disconnect between EV expectations and reality   23 weeks 15 hours ago    

    I believe Tesla starting to open some charging unit thru out the states. Charging time is also short about 60 mins ti fully charge a vehicle. Read info at 4 Wheel Online.

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