Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. en Automation in vehicles and trucking: Imperfections and solutions http://fleetowner.com/blog/automation-vehicles-and-trucking-imperfections-and-solutions <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Dr. Gill Pratt</strong>, CEO of the <a href="http://www.tri.global/">Toyota Research Institute</a> (TRI), recently offered up some startling &ndash; indeed, quite worrying &ndash; concerns regarding <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/new-federal-policy-autonomous-vehicles-revealed">autonomous vehicle (AV) technology</a> in terms of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-may-be-key-autonomous-vehicles">highway safety</a> during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/automation-vehicles-and-trucking-imperfections-and-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/automation-vehicles-and-trucking-imperfections-and-solutions#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:50:00 +0000 209771 at http://fleetowner.com Navigating the long rulemaking roadmap: Part 3 http://fleetowner.com/blog/navigating-long-rulemaking-roadmap-part-3 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So in this last post regarding my discussion with <strong>David Kelly</strong> about the federal regulatory process &ndash; you can go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-insight-regulatory-process-part-1">here</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-insight-regulatory-process-part-2">here</a> for parts one and two, respectively &ndash; the subject of &ldquo;staying in scope&rdquo; and &ldquo;administration change&rdquo; are the topics, largely because (<em>hello</em>) a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/outlook-trucking-regulations-and-new-administration">sei</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/navigating-long-rulemaking-roadmap-part-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/navigating-long-rulemaking-roadmap-part-3#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:20:00 +0000 209571 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner</p> More insight into the regulatory process: Part 2 http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-insight-regulatory-process-part-2 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the more vexing (<em>if minor</em>) issues when dealing with federal regulations (<em>and especially ones affecting trucking</em>) is sorting out the &ldquo;alphabet soup&rdquo; of acronyms involved: NPRM, ANPRM, OMB, etc. Yet it&rsquo;s important to understand what they all mean and how they impact rulemaking efforts.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-insight-regulatory-process-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-insight-regulatory-process-part-2#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:30:00 +0000 209471 at http://fleetowner.com Getting insight into the regulatory process: Part 1 http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-insight-regulatory-process-part-1 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As the confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump&rsquo;s cabinet progress this week (<em>with the one for <strong>Elaine Chao</strong>, the incoming Secretary of Transportation, perhaps <a href="http://patch.com/new-hampshire/exeter/hassan-discusses-infrastructure-chao">the most noteworthy for trucking</a></em>) many in the freight industry may very well be thinking to themselves, &ldquo;how will these appointments impact the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-trucking-and-trump">rules and regulations</a> governing my business?&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-insight-regulatory-process-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-insight-regulatory-process-part-1#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:23:00 +0000 209431 at http://fleetowner.com The disconnect between EV expectations and reality http://fleetowner.com/blog/disconnect-between-ev-expectations-and-reality <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Vehicle propulsion via electricity remains standing on some pretty strong legs in both the car and heavy truck world (<em><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/us-xpress-add-nikola-s-hydrogen-electric-truck">just ask <strong>Max Fuller</strong> at U.S. Xpress</a></em>).</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/disconnect-between-ev-expectations-and-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/disconnect-between-ev-expectations-and-reality#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:14:00 +0000 209371 at http://fleetowner.com <p>The Bolt EV. (Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)</p> Figuring out how to improve urban freight flow http://fleetowner.com/blog/figuring-out-how-improve-urban-freight-flow <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the big challenges facing city planners in the U.S., much less around the world, is how to more accurately gauge <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/fitting-freight-urban-planning-process">urban freight flows</a> so they can not only plan <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/new-report-focuses-key-freight-infrastructure-needs">freight infrastructure investments</a> better but also initiate more near-term <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/seeking-smoother-truck-passage-through-more-crowded-urban-corridors">traffic throughput</a> improvements, too.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/figuring-out-how-improve-urban-freight-flow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/figuring-out-how-improve-urban-freight-flow#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:13:00 +0000 209221 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner</p> Ten transportation trends to watch in 2017 http://fleetowner.com/blog/ten-transportation-trends-watch-2017 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So what are some of the broader transportation trends trucking CEOs should keep their eyes on as we hurdle into 2017 and beyond?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/ten-transportation-trends-watch-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ten-transportation-trends-watch-2017#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:38:00 +0000 209141 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Aaron Marsh for Fleet Owner</p> Connected trucking and connected living: Rewards and risks http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-trucking-and-connected-living-rewards-and-risks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;m sure many fleets and truck drivers are quite tired of hearing about all the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/connected-truck-should-be-open-everybody">potential improvements</a> that can be gained through &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/connected-truck-we-ve-only-reached-tip-iceberg">connected trucking</a>&rdquo; and &ldquo;<a href="http://www.psfk.com/2015/06/connected-living-business-connecting-with-consumers.html">connected living</a>&rdquo; for that matter, to use two phrases now currently in vogue.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-trucking-and-connected-living-rewards-and-risks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-trucking-and-connected-living-rewards-and-risks#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:56:00 +0000 208871 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.</p> A consortium forms for “open source” vehicle software http://fleetowner.com/blog/consortium-forms-open-source-vehicle-software <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Now here&rsquo;s an interesting concept: the formation of a non-profit &ldquo;open source&rdquo; consortium for vehicle manufacturers and &ldquo;smart device&rdquo; makers to work more effectively together so consumers can more easily integrate their smart phone applications apps with the cars and light trucks they drive.</p> <p>Could a similar &ldquo;open source&rdquo; approach be good for trucking? Let&rsquo;s see how this one goes first.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/consortium-forms-open-source-vehicle-software" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/consortium-forms-open-source-vehicle-software#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:40:00 +0000 208791 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.</p> Where the people go, the freight should follow http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-people-go-freight-should-follow <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If the 40<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="https://www.unitedvanlines.com/movers-study?utm_source=dynamic&amp;utm_medium=press&amp;utm_content=moversStudy2016&amp;utm_campaign=National-Movers-Study">National Mover Study</a> compiled by <a href="http://www.unitedvanlines.com/">United Van Lines</a> is any guide, more freight is going to be flowing into South Dakota, Vermont and especially Oregon and those represent the top states more Americans moved into than anywhere else in 2016 &ndash; with Oregon a top &ldquo;inbound&rdquo; state now for four years.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-people-go-freight-should-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-people-go-freight-should-follow#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:33:00 +0000 208671 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of United Van Lines</p>