You don’t often see a big rig rolling down the highway and think – “Look at that awesome technology!”, but if you look closely, the industry has spawned a number of great innovations, with Uber’s aspirations promising more to come… “U.S. domestic trucking has been shifting toward technology for nearly half a century. Truckers and customers used to coordinate loads through bulletin boards at truck stops. This was digitized when Dial-a-Truck, now called DAT, launched a telephone freight matching service in 1978, followed by an electronic version years later…” [ Read more here ]
Hybrids and electric vehicles… no new thing. But there also hasn’t been a massive transition in the market toward the energy saving vehicles, but could new tech change that path?
“Until recently, high battery costs have forced carmakers to choose between making unaffordable electric cars — like Tesla’s $69,500 Model S — or skimp on battery capacity and make cars whose range and power compare unfavorably to cars with conventional gasoline-powered engines…” [ Read more here ]
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When a trucking legend passes away, these guys sure know how to give them the salute they deserve! Check out the tribute that took place on Ontario’s 404 highway…
“In a fitting tribute to trucking industry titan Don Anderson, more than a hundred trucks lined up in a big-rig procession for his funeral on Saturday. The founder of Don Anderson Haulage Limited passed away on Canada Day after a battle with cancer…” [ Read more here ]
Automation is a hot topic for many industry’s, but one feeling the greatest impact: Trucking. But what needs to happen before full automation makes it’s way into the sector? “Throughout the industry various transportation experts and analysts have projected that platooning can lead to significant fuel savings for truck fleets. A leading truck in a platoon could save around 5% of fuel consumption…” [ Read more here ]
TechCrunch has the inside scoop on the latest upgrades and innovations going on at Uber’s autonomous trucking division, with it’s testing going on in San Francisco and some neighboring areas. Is Uber’s vision of the trucking industry the future? And how long before we may see these in action around the country?
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CNNMoney has a behind the scenes of the next revolution in the autonomous vehicle market, taking to the test tracks to see Google’s Waymo self driving vans in action in their latest test. Check out their response to emergencies and emergency vehicles in real split second decisions:
New Hampshire State Police were lucky enough to stop this leaning tower of minivan, as it’s load could have been a real danger had something come loose…
“Although this many look funny, such practices are far from a joke. Anything that inevitably would have fallen off this car would have become a projectile, capable of causing a serious accident. Fortunately, New Hampshire State Police were able to pull the van over before anything happened…” [ Read more here ]
The trucking industry is finding it can thrive off of technology, and modern connectivity to streamline practices; and investors are getting behind the changes…
“Finding a truck to haul something across the country isn’t as easy as hailing a taxi or ride-share service, but it may be getting closer as peer-to-peer trucking apps start to gain traction in the industry.
These on-demand freight services are used by less than 5 percent of U.S. trucking lines, but the industry is getting a big push from investors…” [ Read more here ]