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Time to Face The Future Head-On

Blog commentary by Jack Roberts

Newcomers to trucking are looking at established business models and probing for weaknesses with fresh eyes -- and ideas. Photo: Daimler Trucks

August 15, 2017

Tech gurus are flocking to trucking with new ideas and new technology. The time to prepare for the changes that are coming is now, says Jack Roberts in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Information Technology, Elon Musk, Amazon.com, Connected Vehicle Technology, Tesla, Uber, Cloud-Based Technology, Future Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:24 AM | » Comments(2)

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)

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)

Hyperloop: A Faster Future for Freight?

Commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

Elon Musk is betting that hyperloop pods will one day carry passengers and cargo at speeds up to 800 mph. Photo: Hyperloop One

April 7, 2017

Advocates say hyperloop travel tubes will one day shoot passenger and cargo pods between cities faster than the speed of sound. But even if they don't, it's likely the technology associated with them will bring changes to how freight is moved in the future, writes Jack Roberts in the Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Technology, Infrastructure, Elon Musk, Future Trucks

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 1:31 PM | » Comments(0)

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