A number of trucking companies are banding together to let Environmental Protection Agency officials know they aren’t happy about a finding on greenhouse gases. “The finding is the basis for an important federal environmental regulation, including Phase 2 of the joint EPA-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration greenhouse gas rules…” [ Read more here ]
Scientists in the East are working on the development of transparent and semi-transparent solar cells. What I mean is “see-through solar power”. So, take the opaque black panels associated with solar power, and picture them as clear glass. Then picture that solar-celled clear glass as a windshield in your car! Are we there yet? Almost.
Question: Why do pro athletes wear eye-black?
Answer: Because the black surface absorbs incoming light and reduces glare.
How does this relate to solar power? Well, solar power panels are historically black for the same reason. The color black absorbs light much more efficiently than other colors do. While, solar panels aren’t interested in glare, they’re highly tuned into absorption.
So the issue for professional scientists is determining a proven method for sunlight absorption by a transparent panel. One way to do this, according to the Korean research team leading the charge, is the use of “dye-sensitized” materials built into the glass. The problem is relatively “low power-conversion efficiency” of transparent material.
So how do you attract sunlight to something see-through?
Professional scientists from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology or “KAIST” (ranked the 6th most innovative university on the planet), are developing a “semi-transparent solar cell that is highly efficient and functions very effectively as a thermal mirror”. And yes, KAIST is located in South Korea.
The manipulation of this technology could have rippling effects on a multitude of industries, from automobiles, to residential homes, to large commercial construction. The concept of solar-powered glass being used in cars is most intriguing though. With the push for more green technology and lower emissions in today’s low-carbon society, the notion of installed “transparent solar cells” powering the car is very exciting.
As the sun beats down on your windshield, it is absorbing energy and converting it into power to run the car. So why aren’t today’s traditional black-colored solar panels being installed all over cars now? Auto makers are working on it, but so far have been unable to find an aesthetically-pleasing technique for installing large functional solar panels on the roof or hood of the car. Here’s where they’re at so far:
Is natural gas looking at a comeback in the trucking industry? New forces in the technology department seem to be making it’s reemergence a possibility. “With diesel fuel prices well below record highs seen earlier in the decade and so much attention focused on autonomous vehicles, the spotlight on Read more here ]that shined so brightly just a few years ago has dimmed a bit…” [
Three crooks hashed out an elaborate plan to steal a forklift from a Deerfield Beach business, and their attempts were caught on camera. “The three thieves dressed for the part, wearing reflective vests and hard hats, and they arrived at the Crawford-Tracey Corporation in an 18-wheeler and a tow truck, toting a fake invoice on a clipboard…” [ Read more here ]
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Uber has cemented it’s plans for a place in the trucking world by unleashing it’s app today on the industry. Uber Freight matches up suppliers and shippers with the push of a button…
“Uber aims to “push the industry forward and level the playing field for trucking companies.” The company stated: “We send a rate confirmation within seconds, eliminating a common anxiety in trucking about whether or not the load is really confirmed.”…” [ Read more here ]
Information is key to making the best decisions in any event. The streamline and immediate information available to drivers with the iMatics system can change the way you communicate with HDA Truck Pride to make tough decisions all that much easier.
“iMatics’ Fleet Connect software platform provides digital communication between fleets and the HDA Truck Pride parts and service network with the data and analytics necessary to make buying decisions…” [ Read more here ]
From driver safety, to saving valuable time, there are a number of technologies aiming to help truckers streamline their business. One form of tech that the industry is banking on – real time information.
“…a 2015 white paper compiled by J.B. Hunt Transportation Services that indicated truck drivers spend an average of 108 minutes per day at shipper and receiver facilities, outside of arrival and departure check in…” [ Read more here ]
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How would an on demand freight service from Uber play into the trucking industry’s existing platforms? Bringing the ease of signaling an Uber ride for your personal transportation, the new innovations hope to make it similar and easy to get freight services when you need.
“But unlike the passenger ride-hailing app, which relies largely on drivers unaffiliated with taxi fleets, the commercial trucking app is only available to drivers working for approved carriers…” [ Read more here ]