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All Arrows Point to Trucking

Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

Truck platoons may well be the way average Americans first see autonomous vehicle technology in the real world. Photo: Peloton

July 28, 2017

Bill Gates just jumped into trucking in a big way. That's not good news if you're hoping all this new tech stuff will just go away. Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

Tags: Convoy Technologies, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking, Future Trucks, Trucking in the 21st Century

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Friday, July 28, 2017 10:23 AM | » Comments(2)

Tesla-Truck Crash: Cruise Control on Steroids

Blog commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts

Tesla's autonomous vehicle control system warned Joshua Brown 7 times to take over control of the car before his fatal crash last year. Photo: NTSB/Florida Highway Patrol

June 21, 2017

New details around the infamous Tesla autonomous driving crash last year bring up an important point about new technology. Jack Roberts has the story in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Tesla, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Driver Safety, Technology

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:32 PM | » Comments(3)

Robots in the Jungle

Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

A new self-steering system developed by Volvo is being tested in South American sugarcane fields to see if it can reduce crop spoilage and increase yields. Photo: Volvo

June 8, 2017

An autonomous steering test in the cane fields of Brazil shows why autonomous technology won't be limited to city centers and freeways.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Vehicle Control, Farming

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Thursday, June 8, 2017 6:55 AM | » Comments(0)

The Gig Economy Comes to Trucking

Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

Uber Freight is a new service and app that allows owner-operators to bypass traditional freight brokers and locate and contract loads for themselves. Photo: Uber Freight

May 24, 2017

Owner-operators and small fleets have been pronounced DOA many times over the past several years. But if new technology like Uber Freight can breathe much-needed life into the owner-operator market, that can only be a good thing for trucking, says Jack Roberts in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Logistics, Small Fleets, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:15 PM | » Comments(3)

Autonomous Trucks: A Disruptive Positive Force Coming but Fast

Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

The Olli is a fully autonmous, fast-transit, 12-passenger bus under development by Local Motors and an example of the new types of transportation cited in a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Association. Photo: Autoblog

April 19, 2017

It appears autonomous technology will be a winner from the mpg standpoint, according to a new report, with fuel economy increases of up to 18% for most commercial vehicles by 2050.

Tags: U.S. Department of Energy, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Freight Efficiency, Insurance, Traffic Congestion

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:13 PM | » Comments(0)

'Made by Human Workers:' Will There be a Backlash Against Automation?

Blog Commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

Will "Proudly Made By Human Workers" become the "Made In America" tag of this century? Photo: Siemans

April 11, 2017

More and more people are starting to question how beneficial the large-scale automation of jobs will be for society as a whole. But all the robots in the world can't overcome the will of the people and the power of the almighty dollar. Jack Roberts has more in the Truck Tech Blog.

Tags: Technology, Automation, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:15 AM | » Comments(0)

An Automated Future, First, Bendix Says

Bendix says the driver will remain key in increasingly automated vehicle systems for a long time to come. Photo: Bendix

March 22, 2017

A future filled with fully autonomous cars and trucks remains a long way away, Bendix leaders said in a sit-down at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Jack Roberts has more in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Automation, Bendix, Autonomous Vehicles, MATS, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Safety & Compliance

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:42 PM | » Comments(0)

The Hottest Industry In The Land

Suddenly, lots of new names are very interested in the North American trucking industry. What, exactly, is going on?

New technology is transforming trucking and bringing new players with new ideas into the industry. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

March 15, 2017

Suddenly, lots of new names are very interested in the North American trucking industry. What, exactly, is going on? Jack Roberts offers his answer to that in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Logistics, Panama Canal, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:40 AM | » Comments(2)

The Dark Side of Autonomous Tech Nobody Wants to Talk About

Autonomous trucks have helped spur an emerging conversation on just how far robots can go in taking human jobs and the consequences those lost jobs means for society as a whole. Photo credit: Otto

March 10, 2017

If a robot takes your job, new jobs will arise, experts say. In his Truck Tech blog, Jack Roberts wonders: What if that doesn't happen? How will families provide for themselves? How will economies power themselves if no one has any money to spend? And how will governments generate tax income to keep functioning?

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Friday, March 10, 2017 12:29 PM | » Comments(4)

Freightliner's Inside Man

Martin Daum Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

March 7, 2017

Daimler Trucks North America's CEO just got a big promotion. And that could turn up the heat on the already scorching truck technology race on this side of The Pond, speculates Jack Roberts in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America, Daimler, Western Star, Autonomous Vehicles, Truck Platooning

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:39 PM | » Comments(0)

Five Years to Autonomous?

Autonomous vehicles will help move freight more efficiently. But how engaged will drivers have to be?

February 10, 2017

Traffic safety expert Dr. Jim Helund thinks autonomous vehicles will be on the road in five years. And their introduction will have far-reaching consequences for all of us.

Tags: Legislation, GHSA, Law Enforcement, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Friday, February 10, 2017 12:44 PM | » Comments(2)

The Future Revealed

Autonomous truck technology like that in Freightliner's Inspiration Truck is part of a sweeping wave of technology. Photo courtesy of Freightliner

December 28, 2016

2016 was the year the crystal ball cleared and offered anyone brave enough to look a clear vision of the future of logistics. Jack Roberts shares his end-of-year thoughts in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Electric Vehicles, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2016 12:45 PM | » Comments(0)

Technology, Trucks and Terror

Can technology stop terrorists from attacking with highjacked trucks?

Autonomous driving technology could stop terrorist truck attacks before they happen. Photo: Freightliner

December 20, 2016

Take technology far enough and you'll have smart trucks that simply cannot be used as weapons of terror like this week's attack in Berlin, writes Jack Roberts in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Terrorism

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:31 AM | » Comments(0)

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