What will the tumultuous events of the first week of January mean for the trucking industry? How will the top stories of 2020, from COVID to electric and autonomous trucks, play out in 2021?
The HDT editorial team gathered for a roundtable on Jan. 7 to offer reflections on the top stories of 2020 and expectations for the year ahead through a trucking lens. The result is a special HDT Talks Trucking podcast.
HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge, Equipment Editor and podcast host Jim Park, and contributing editors David Cullen and Jack Roberts offer their thoughts on these questions and more:
- How did the trucking industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic and when will things be back to “normal”?
- Are new hours of service all they’re cracked up to be – and will they stand under a new administration that may roll back some of the deregulation of the past four years?
- With Democrats taking a narrow majority in Washington, how will politics play out post-Trump?
- Will 2021 finally give us an infrastructure bill?
- What will a Democratic emphasis on “green” mean for trucking?
- Is 2021 the year electric trucks will go mainstream – and will electric trucks from Tesla and Nikola live up to the hype?
- How soon will we see self-driving trucks?
Look for the HDT Talks Trucking episode titled, "HDT Editorial Roundtable – Looking back at 2020 and ahead at 2021" on your favorite podcast platform or listen below: