Trucks at Work

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  • Jun 24, 2016
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    It’s not the size of the dog in the fight …

    So this study got a lot of folks talking last month: about small motor carriers and the often unacknowledged outsized role they perform in trucking, even as many predict their extinction; about whether true freight visib...More
  • Jun 23, 2016
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    The bumpy road trucking must travel

    It’s getting ugly out there in the freight markets and unfortunately may get uglier still for trucking before better times return – perhaps an indication that the glass will be half empty for motor carriers at least in the near term....More
  • Jun 21, 2016
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    Is the glass half-full or half-empty for trucking?

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that up is down and down is up in this topsy-turvy trucking market of late....More
  • Jun 20, 2016
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    Escaping the tyranny of technology … with technology?

    Here’s a strange concept: using technology to remove people’s addiction to technology, especially when they drive. Huh?...More
  • Jun 17, 2016
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    Restoring a car once touched by evil 1

    Here’s a conundrum. Say you accidently stumble upon one of the rarest automobiles ever built – in this case a 1938 Mercedes-Benz cabriolet type B model 320. Only 34 of these cars were ever built and it is the only one manufactured at the Mannheim Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim, Germany; a factory later bombed out of existence by Allied aircraft during World War II....More
  • Jun 16, 2016
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    Data breaches: it’s a $4 million per incident problem now

    I’ve discussed the cybersecurity threats facing the U.S. business community more than a few times in this space – go here and here for just two examples – as well as the direct threat hacking poses to trucking companies, as this story aptly describes....More
  • Jun 14, 2016
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    The jobs outlook is stable … for now

    When we get down to the brass tacks, job creation is one the biggest underlying concerns regarding any sort of economic forecast. At the end of the day, that’s what really matters most, for good jobs are what allow American families to prosper – and that “prosperity” in turn drives the U.S. economy, as right around 70% of it is made up of consumer spending....More
  • Jun 13, 2016
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    Of thinking machines and transportation

    The whole idea of developing machines that can think is incredibly unnerving to me; perhaps unsurprising, since The Terminator remains a favorite film from my high school years....More
  • Jun 9, 2016
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    Of data, computation, and transportation

    So I listened to a great presentation by Will Hickie yesterday, the chief data scientist for Lixar, a firm that specializes in database management, e-commerce, and a host of other information-related services. For starters, he hates the term “data scientists” because Hickie believes it only loosely describes what he and others in the field actually do – which is work with complex algorithms to find, in his words, “predictable outcomes.”...More
  • Jun 8, 2016
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    Electricity for trucking

    For a long while, I’ve harbored big doubts about the ability of all-electric powertrains to deliver the beefy muscle necessary to get commercial trucks through their workday. Now I’m not so sure. For example, take the Wrightspeed Route 1000 powertrain now being tested by Mack Trucks on one of its LR refuse models....More
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