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The Human Element, First and Foremost

Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

Properly deployed, technolgy should make our lives easier and more productive. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

October 20, 2017

The rate of change and complexity of new technology can be daunting. But technology is simply a tool to make our jobs -- and our lives -- easier.

Tags: Technology, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Friday, October 20, 2017 12:06 PM | » Comments(0)

Truckers Aren't Terrorists

Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

Truck drivers -- and many other workers -- have good cause to be worried about the rise of autonomous technology. Photo: Truckinginfo.com

August 24, 2017

A science writer in MIT's Technology Review is worried angry truckers will one day hack or "bedazzle" autonomous vehicle systems to deliberately cause accidents, Jack Roberts pumps the brakes on that idea in his Truck Tech blog.

Tags: Technology, Truck Drivers, Taxi of Tomorrow, Teamsters, Robots, Terrorism

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:05 PM | » Comments(0)

A Logistical Close Shave

Is an uptick in freight likely as more companies begin direct-to-consumer shipping? A recent move by the Gillette company suggests that will happen. Photo: UPS

June 29, 2017

Gillette now offers razor blade sales direct to its customers. But why is that an important development for truck fleets nationwide? Blog commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

Tags: Amazon.com, Logistics, Last Mile Delivery, Freight, Technology

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:02 AM | » Comments(3)

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)

'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)

Hints of a Hyper-Competitive Future

Can Chinese-made SUVs like this one eventually find a following in the U.S.? Photo: Bisu Motors

April 4, 2017

In his Truck Tech blog, HDT's Jack Roberts asks, "Could Chinese cars on Irish roads spell trouble for U.S. automakers?"

Tags: Technology, China, Passenger Cars, Global

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:44 PM | » Comments(0)

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