Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Digital stress: How might it affect trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-stress-how-might-it-affect-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s been an awful lot of talk regarding the ongoing &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/preparing-digital-transformation-business">digitization</a>&rdquo; of the trucking industry, in no small part because, well, almost everyone working in this <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-truck-drivers-and-technicians-matter">most critical of industries</a> (<em>me included!</em>) has a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/considering-impact-it-change">smart phone on their belt</a>, in their hip pocket or purse.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-stress-how-might-it-affect-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-stress-how-might-it-affect-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:23:00 +0000 212381 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Daeske.</p> Device interoperability: It could be a concern for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/device-interoperability-it-could-be-concern-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As we rush headlong into the newfangled &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/charting-digitalization-trends-freight-transportation">digital world</a>&rdquo; of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/e-commerce-free-shipping-and-trucking">e-commerce</a>, the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/internet-things">Internet of Things</a> (IoT), and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-vehicles-it-s-where-money-will-be">connected trucks</a>, an interesting concern is being raised among consumers that motor carriers may want to pay attention to: device interoperability.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/device-interoperability-it-could-be-concern-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/device-interoperability-it-could-be-concern-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:28:00 +0000 212311 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Of traffic congestion and plateauing light vehicle sales http://fleetowner.com/blog/traffic-congestion-and-plateauing-light-vehicle-sales <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been quite a stretch where motor vehicle news is concerned.</p> <p>The grim analysis from the <a href="http://www.nsc.org/pages/home.aspx">National Safety Council</a> (NSC) is perhaps the most startling; that U.S. highway fatalities reached a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/nsc-motor-vehicle-deaths-reach-nine-year-high">nine-year high</a> in 2016 with some 40,200 killed.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/traffic-congestion-and-plateauing-light-vehicle-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/traffic-congestion-and-plateauing-light-vehicle-sales#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:19:00 +0000 212201 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.</p> Wellness: It needs to be a focus for truck drivers http://fleetowner.com/blog/wellness-it-needs-be-focus-truck-drivers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There are plenty of reasons why truck driver wellness is rightfully becoming a more critical industry topic: go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/more-medical-conditions-mean-more-crashes-driver-study">here</a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/survey-poor-health-contributing-driver-shortage">here</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/report-more-research-needed-connect-driver-health-safety">here</a> to examine just a few of them.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/wellness-it-needs-be-focus-truck-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/wellness-it-needs-be-focus-truck-drivers#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:42:00 +0000 212091 at http://fleetowner.com Cybersecurity: Still not as secure as it should be http://fleetowner.com/blog/cybersecurity-still-not-secure-it-should-be <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The cyber threats facing trucking continue to pile up &ndash; go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/hacked-real-threat-trucking">here</a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-are-liability-risks-trucking-data-breach">here</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/battling-hack-one-fleet-s-story">here</a> for just a few examples &ndash; the defenses needed to repel them don&rsquo;t seem to be improving very much.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cybersecurity-still-not-secure-it-should-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cybersecurity-still-not-secure-it-should-be#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:49:00 +0000 211981 at http://fleetowner.com Are trucking conditions really improving? http://fleetowner.com/blog/are-trucking-conditions-really-improving <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Kenny Vieth</strong> is about as steely-eyed as any of the analysts who cover trucking for a living. As president and senior analyst at <a href="http://www.actresearch.net/">ACT Research</a>, he&rsquo;s also someone who takes a hard, unflinching look at industry issues, either, such as on how federal regulations are <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/acts-vieth-driver-shortage-feds-plan-make-it-worse">aggravating the truck driver shortage</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/are-trucking-conditions-really-improving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/are-trucking-conditions-really-improving#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:12:00 +0000 211821 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Is it 'vroom, vroom' time for V2X technology? http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-vroom-vroom-time-v2x-technology <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>A new report from Navigant Research predicts that annual sales of light duty vehicles equipped with factory-installed vehicle-to-external, or V2X, communication systems — in the past often referred to as vehicle-to-infrastructure or V2I technology — is expected to hit 70 million units by 2025, a market the consulting firm expects will be worth more than $25 billion.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-vroom-vroom-time-v2x-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-vroom-vroom-time-v2x-technology#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:39:00 +0000 211441 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of GM</p> Trucking data: Can you trust it? http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-data-can-you-trust-it <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In ways large and small, data is quickly becoming the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/smarter-shipping-deeper-data-dive">lifeblood of the trucking industry</a> &ndash; whether we like that trend or not.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-data-can-you-trust-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-data-can-you-trust-it#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:18:00 +0000 211401 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Talent matters, especially in trucking. But it’ll stay hard to find and keep. http://fleetowner.com/blog/talent-matters-especially-trucking-it-ll-stay-hard-find-and-keep <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the many definitions of the word &ldquo;talent&rdquo; is &ldquo;a special often athletic, creative or artistic aptitude.&rdquo; And that fits perfectly with the needs of the trucking industry, for the skills required to safety pilot big rigs on our roadways &ndash; much less what&rsquo;s needed to keep them up and running day in and day out &ndash; can certainly labeled &ldquo;talents.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/talent-matters-especially-trucking-it-ll-stay-hard-find-and-keep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/talent-matters-especially-trucking-it-ll-stay-hard-find-and-keep#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:50:00 +0000 211271 at http://fleetowner.com Why Amazon dominates freight world discussions http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-amazon-dominates-freight-world-discussions <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Frankly, it&rsquo;s not too surprising that e-commerce mega-retailer Amazon is perceived as the proverbial 900-lb. gorilla of the freight world right now.</p> <p>[<em>And let me tell you, a 900-lb. gorilla is a <strong>BIG</strong> gorilla; but not as big as this one &hellip;]</em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YAbI4w95cTE" width="560"></iframe></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-amazon-dominates-freight-world-discussions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-amazon-dominates-freight-world-discussions#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:44:00 +0000 210731 at http://fleetowner.com <p>King Kong photo courtesy of Warner Bros.</p> The man who hand-paints cars http://fleetowner.com/blog/man-who-hand-paints-cars <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>At first glance, watching a gifted painter take any vehicle &ndash; be it a car, pickup truck or big rig &ndash; and turn it into a &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/saluting-us-military-mid-america-2016#slide-0-field_images-188021">mobile canvass</a>&rdquo; of sorts for displaying their unique artistic vision is nothing unusual in the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/superrigs-2016-giantsofjoplin-16-tweets#slide-0-field_images-193831">commercial equipment world</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/man-who-hand-paints-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/man-who-hand-paints-cars#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:41:00 +0000 210551 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Jamaal Lamaaj, painting a car. Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> The tide of technology offers rewards and risks for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/tide-technology-offers-rewards-and-risks-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve said it <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/human-element">before in this space</a> that people are the most critical part of the trucking industry, for even if we do one day <a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/autonomous-trucking-search-answers">completely automate trucks</a>, we&rsquo;re still going to need <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/automation-work-how-will-trucking-cope">plenty of sharp minds</a> to program and maintain them, much less craft the operational strategies they&rsquo;ll function within.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tide-technology-offers-rewards-and-risks-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tide-technology-offers-rewards-and-risks-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:09:00 +0000 210391 at http://fleetowner.com The future of mobility and its impact on trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/future-mobility-and-its-impact-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>How we get around our cities and move our goods is starting to undergo a fundamental change as new technologies and social trends transform how people live and travel, according to a <a href="http://dupress.deloitte.com/deloitte-review">new report</a> issued by consulting firm <a href="http://www2.deloitte.com/us/en.html.">Deloitte LLP</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/future-mobility-and-its-impact-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/future-mobility-and-its-impact-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:46:00 +0000 210321 at http://fleetowner.com <p>A Mercedes concept car, capable of driving itself. (<em>Photo courtesy of Daimler AG</em>)</p> Connected vehicles: It’s where the money will be http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-vehicles-it-s-where-money-will-be <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If you long for the days when trucks were just trucks, when they were mechanical beasts you could use hand tools to keep up and running &ndash; without all the electronic geegaws we find on them today &ndash; it&rsquo;s pretty much time to kiss those days goodbye: So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night.</p> <p>[<em>Good lord, did I just make a reference to <u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxjwb5cXTI0">The Sound of Music</a></u>? What the heck was in my coffee?</em>]</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-vehicles-it-s-where-money-will-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-vehicles-it-s-where-money-will-be#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:43:00 +0000 210221 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Peterbilt Motors Co.</p> The real struggle: Convincing shippers that trucking has value http://fleetowner.com/blog/real-struggle-convincing-shippers-trucking-has-value <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><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="http://www.stifel.com">Stifel Capital Markets</a>, recently made what I think is a very important point for trucking companies: most shippers seem poised to continue hammering the industry with the cudgel of low freight rates, despite the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/trucking-will-continue-face-many-challenges">myriad of challenges</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/real-struggle-convincing-shippers-trucking-has-value" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/real-struggle-convincing-shippers-trucking-has-value#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:31:00 +0000 210121 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner</p>