Trucks at Work

  • Jan 24, 2017

    Connected vehicles: It’s where the money will be

    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 – without all the electronic geegaws we find on them today – it’s pretty much time to kiss those days goodbye: So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night. [Good lord, did I just make a reference to The Sound of Music? What the heck was in my coffee?]...More
  • Jan 23, 2017

    The real struggle: Convincing shippers that trucking has value

    John Larkin, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research for Stifel Capital Markets, 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 myriad of challenges...More
  • Jan 20, 2017

    What will be trucking’s experience as the Trump era begins?

    Today is the day when Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th U.S. president (as improbable as that still sounds) and among the MANY questions I am sure motor carrier executives possess regarding this singular moment in our nation’s history is how his administration will impact the trucking industry....More
  • Jan 19, 2017

    The automation of work: How will trucking cope?

    Somewhat obscured by the fuss being made over autonomous vehicles (AVs) is that much of modern-day work is being automated at an even more rapid pace....More
  • Jan 17, 2017

    Automation in vehicles and trucking: Imperfections and solutions 1

    Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), recently offered up some startling – indeed, quite worrying – concerns regarding autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in terms of highway safety during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas....More
  • Jan 13, 2017

    Navigating the long rulemaking roadmap: Part 3

    So in this last post regarding my discussion with David Kelly about the federal regulatory process – you can go here and here for parts one and two, respectively – the subject of “staying in scope” and “administration change” are the topics, largely because (hello) a sei...More
  • Jan 12, 2017

    More insight into the regulatory process: Part 2

    One of the more vexing (if minor) issues when dealing with federal regulations (and especially ones affecting trucking) is sorting out the “alphabet soup” of acronyms involved: NPRM, ANPRM, OMB, etc. Yet it’s important to understand what they all mean and how they impact rulemaking efforts....More
  • Jan 11, 2017

    Getting insight into the regulatory process: Part 1

    As the confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet progress this week (with the one for Elaine Chao, the incoming Secretary of Transportation, perhaps the most noteworthy for trucking) many in the freight industry may very well be thinking to themselves, “how will these appointments impact the rules and regulations governing my business?”...More
  • Jan 10, 2017

    The disconnect between EV expectations and reality 1

    Vehicle propulsion via electricity remains standing on some pretty strong legs in both the car and heavy truck world (just ask Max Fuller at U.S. Xpress)....More
  • Jan 9, 2017

    Figuring out how to improve urban freight flow 1

    One of the big challenges facing city planners in the U.S., much less around the world, is how to more accurately gauge urban freight flows so they can not only plan freight infrastructure investments better but also initiate more near-term traffic throughput improvements, too....More
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