Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en The mother of all trucking mirages http://fleetowner.com/blog/mother-all-trucking-mirages <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>For many years now, we&rsquo;ve awaited the arrival of what&rsquo;s been dubbed the &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/coming-mother-all-capacity-shortages-and-other-economic-forecasts-0" target="_blank">mother of all capacity shortages</a>&rdquo; in the trucking industry: that &ldquo;magical combination,&rdquo; in the words of <strong>John Larkin</strong>, managing director and head of <a href="http://www.stifel.com/institutional/investment-banking/industry-coverage/transportation-and-logistics" target="_blank">transportation capital markets research</a> for <a href="ht</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/mother-all-trucking-mirages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/mother-all-trucking-mirages#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:46:00 +0000 221201 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Does the autonomy debate further devalue the truck driver? http://fleetowner.com/blog/does-autonomy-debate-further-devalue-truck-driver <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Yes, yes, I know; we&rsquo;re spending a lot of time talking about <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/road-driverless-trucks-clogged-unanswered-questions" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a> (AVs) right now and it&rsquo;s probably driving <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/driverless-trucks-where-they-ll-work-where-they-won-t" target="_blank">more than a few truckers batty</a>, safe to say.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/does-autonomy-debate-further-devalue-truck-driver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/does-autonomy-debate-further-devalue-truck-driver#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:18:00 +0000 220241 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Could autonomy foster a roadway safety paradigm shift? http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-autonomy-foster-roadway-safety-paradigm-shift <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s no doubt that the debate over <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/road-driverless-trucks-clogged-unanswered-questions">autonomous vehicles</a> (AVs) is only going to get fierier in the weeks and months ahead. Just discussing the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/report-driverless-trucks-will-eliminate-millions-jobs">potential job losses</a> associated with the deployment of driverless trucks, for example, is one surefire way to increase trucker blood pressure.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-autonomy-foster-roadway-safety-paradigm-shift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-autonomy-foster-roadway-safety-paradigm-shift#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:32:00 +0000 220041 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Daimler AG</p> Making the IoT secure is key to making it work for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-iot-secure-key-making-it-work-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One component critical to making the transportation and logistics sector a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/supply-chain-going-digital-trucking-ready-follow" target="_blank">digitally-based enterprise</a> &ndash; and a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/preparing-digital-transformation-business" target="_blank">successful one at that</a> &ndash; is the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/internet-things-poised-transform-global-logistics" target="_blank">Internet of Things</a> (IoT).</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-iot-secure-key-making-it-work-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-iot-secure-key-making-it-work-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:35:00 +0000 219821 at http://fleetowner.com Will autonomy actually make traffic congestion worse? http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-autonomy-actually-make-traffic-congestion-worse <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of discussion lately about the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/road-driverless-trucks-clogged-unanswered-questions" target="_blank">positive and negative impact</a> widespread adoption of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/there-less-desire-driverless-vehicles-thought" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a> (AVs) might have on our society &ndash; positive in the sense that they&rsquo;ll <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/94-number" target="_blank">reduce crashes and thus improve safety</a>, but negative in terms of the potential for <a href="http://fle</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-autonomy-actually-make-traffic-congestion-worse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-autonomy-actually-make-traffic-congestion-worse#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 31 May 2017 10:03:00 +0000 219591 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: VDOT</p> Tracking the growing list of supply chain threats http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-growing-list-supply-chain-threats <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s perhaps appropriate as we head into the Memorial Day weekend &ndash; a holiday established to reflect upon the sacrifices made to protect our country &ndash; to think about just some of the many ongoing threats facing the transportation and logistics industry.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-growing-list-supply-chain-threats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-growing-list-supply-chain-threats#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 26 May 2017 12:33:00 +0000 219371 at http://fleetowner.com <p>U.S. Air Force personnel conduct attempted robbery, kidnapping/hostage taking and hijacking scenario training exercises. (U<em>SAF</em><em> Photo: Donna L. Burnett</em>)</p> Might drones replace trucks for package deliveries? http://fleetowner.com/blog/might-drones-replace-trucks-package-deliveries <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It is no secret that many think drones &ndash; or, to use their technical descriptive, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_aerial_vehicle">unmanned aerial devices</a> (UAVs) &ndash; prove an ideal delivery platform for small packages.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/might-drones-replace-trucks-package-deliveries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/might-drones-replace-trucks-package-deliveries#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 25 May 2017 10:41:00 +0000 219281 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: DHL</p> Dealing with supply chain data isn’t simple in the slightest http://fleetowner.com/blog/dealing-supply-chain-data-isn-t-simple-slightest <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If there is one thing truckers know at this point in the &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-will-data-transform-trucking-and-other-industries">digital age</a>&rdquo; of supply chain operations, trying to manage data is far from easy &ndash; or fun for that matter.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/dealing-supply-chain-data-isn-t-simple-slightest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/dealing-supply-chain-data-isn-t-simple-slightest#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 23 May 2017 09:38:00 +0000 219051 at http://fleetowner.com The swirling trends surrounding the supply chain and trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/swirling-trends-surrounding-supply-chain-and-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been hard to get an accurate read on the outlook for the trucking industry of late, and we&rsquo;re not just talking about the month-to-month truck tonnage numbers here.</p> <p>Figuring out whether bright sunny skies or angry storms becloud the near-term future for motor carriers is getting tricky because the trends remain quite mixed.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/swirling-trends-surrounding-supply-chain-and-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/swirling-trends-surrounding-supply-chain-and-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 17 May 2017 12:37:00 +0000 218711 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Regulatory compliance remains a burden for trucking and other businesses http://fleetowner.com/blog/regulatory-compliance-remains-burden-trucking-and-other-businesses <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s no secret that trucking is governed by an <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/trucking-regulatory-update-what-watch-2017" target="_blank">ever-more complex web of rules</a>, with said rules affecting <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/regulations-poised-reduce-driver-ranks-and-trucking-productivity" target="_blank">the bottom lines</a> of motor carriers in many different areas.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/regulatory-compliance-remains-burden-trucking-and-other-businesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/regulatory-compliance-remains-burden-trucking-and-other-businesses#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 15 May 2017 12:17:00 +0000 218511 at http://fleetowner.com Where driverless vehicles and golf clubs meet http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-driverless-vehicles-and-golf-clubs-meet <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s not every day that you encounter and analogy that links self-driving vehicle technology and golf clubs. Not by a long shot.</p> <p>[<em>OK; you knew that was coming &ndash; admit it</em>.]</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-driverless-vehicles-and-golf-clubs-meet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-driverless-vehicles-and-golf-clubs-meet#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 11 May 2017 12:58:00 +0000 218261 at http://fleetowner.com <p>&nbsp;golf club</p> The gig economy and trucking: Is it really real? http://fleetowner.com/blog/gig-economy-and-trucking-it-really-real <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of talk about the so-called &ldquo;<a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/3066905/how-the-gig-economy-will-change-in-2017" target="_blank">gig economy</a>&rdquo; and how it might alter <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/gig-economy-comes-trucking" target="_blank">traditional work arrangements</a> in the trucking industry.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/gig-economy-and-trucking-it-really-real" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/gig-economy-and-trucking-it-really-real#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 10 May 2017 13:13:00 +0000 218221 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner.</p> Europe prepares for full-scale truck platooning http://fleetowner.com/blog/europe-prepares-full-scale-truck-platooning <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Not only are key European automotive heavyweights preparing to roll out autonomous cars <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/driverless-driving-three-years-now-s-ambitious">just three short years from now</a>, truck makers across the pond are preparing to launch semi-autonomous truck convoys commonly called &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/and-just-platooning-here">truck platooning</a>&rdquo; within the region some six years from today &ndash; if such a timeline can withstand regulatory and societal scrutiny, that is.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/europe-prepares-full-scale-truck-platooning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/europe-prepares-full-scale-truck-platooning#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 09 May 2017 12:14:00 +0000 218031 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Europe could be ready for full-scale truck platooning in 6 years.</p> Targeting the truck parking issue http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-truck-parking-issue <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So how bad is the truck parking problem in the U.S.? Well, that depends on who you ask. Some truck drivers say it&rsquo;s impossible to find parking spots on a daily basis; others say it&rsquo;s easier than many think, especially if you use technology to help find open slots.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-truck-parking-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-truck-parking-issue#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 05 May 2017 10:07:00 +0000 217731 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Love&#39;s Travel Stops.</p> Autonomous vehicles may follow the PC development pathway http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-vehicles-may-follow-pc-development-pathway <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One trend that&rsquo;s been going on in trucking in fits and starts for a long while now is the move towards &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/news/dtna-vehicle-integration-path-0112">vertical integration</a>,&rdquo; whereby truck OEMs directly manufacture <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/pushing-integrated-package">most of the major components</a> that comprise today&rsquo;s commercial vehicles, such as engines, transmissions, cabs, axles, etc.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-vehicles-may-follow-pc-development-pathway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-vehicles-may-follow-pc-development-pathway#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 04 May 2017 12:58:00 +0000 217621 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Will self-driving trucks develop the way PCs did back in the day?</p>