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HDT Talks Trucking

Go behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters as they bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals.

Season One Trailer

Listen to a preview of what's to come on the HDT Talks Trucking podcast! HDT Equipment Editor, Jim Park, gives an overview of what topics the podcast covers, as well as a sneak peek with clips from season one.

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Season 1 Episode 2 - How Far Have We Come with Electric Trucks?

Jim Park, HDT Equipment Editor, and Jack Roberts, HDT Senior Editor, discuss the electric future and their experiences driving and reporting on various electric trucks in recent years. You will also hear excerpts from Fleet Forward Conference presentations given by Bill Combs, Director of Connected Fleet at Penske Transportation Solutions, and Chris Nordh, Senior Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology at Ryder Systems.

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Season 1 Episode 3 - Does Trucking Have a Drug Problem?

In this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, we sit down with Dave Osiecki, President and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, to get answers to some of the biggest questions that the FMCSA’s long-awaited Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is posing to motor carriers.

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Season 1 Episode 5 - ELDs: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Mike Ahart, VP of Regulatory Affairs at Omnitracs, and John Seidl, a former commercial vehicle enforcement official-turned transportation-consultant and VP of Risk Services at Reliance Partners, weigh in on what the trucking industry looks like now post-ELD Mandate. It turns out, Dec. 18, 2019 wasn’t the end of the ELD story, and that plenty of issues remain unresolved.

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Season Two Trailer

Get a sneak peek of HDT Talks Trucking Season Two! This season, we talk employee misclassification, autonomous trucks, maintenance—and we introduce the next generation of trucking leadership – HDT’s Emerging Leaders.

Season 2 Episode 1 - Does California's AB-5 law mean the end of the owner-operator?

This episode addresses the potential impact of AB-5 and other efforts to end employee misclassification. Guests include Julie Gutman Dickinson, California local counsel to the Teamsters Union Port Division, Fred Potter, President of Teamsters Union Local No. 469 in Hazlet, New Jersey, and Joe Rakavatz, director of government affairs and communications for the Western States Trucking Association.

Season 2 Episode 2 - Meet Trucking Emerging Leaders

HDT editor-in-chief, Deborah Lockridge, discusses the annual Emerging Leaders awards and talks to three of the past honorees about their views on trends and issues facing trucking, including what fleets and the industry can do to recruit and encourage young leaders like themselves.

Special Report: Surviving COVID-19

Kansas City-based team lease-operators Chanté and Chris Drew caught COVID-19 while on the road in March. They were laid up at home for almost a month, plagued by uncertainty, financial pressure, and of course the disease itself.

Season Three Trailer

In Season Three of HDT Talks Trucking, we discuss the possible future of autonomous trucks, dig into advanced fuel-saving technology, and hear from the National Transportation Safety Board on why it wants to see drivers tested for obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, we'll meet the HDT 2020 Truck Fleet Innovators and talk to industry experts about reducing driver turnover and improving company culture.

Season 3 Episode 1: Could Autonomous Trucks Still Be Decades Away?

Stefan Seltz-Axmacher created and ran Starsky Robotics, billed as the first venture to operate a truly driverless truck on a public highway. The company started in 2015 but closed its doors five years later, when, as he put it, the downpour of investor interest became a drizzle. He says investors were not prepared to fund the “last mile” of the project. Will other AI-driven autonomous truck ventures run into similar problems perfecting their technology?

Season 3 Episode 2: The Future of Fuel Economy

Jim Park speaks with Mike Roeth of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency to discuss how truck and engine makers will meet the 2024 and 2027 GHG reduction targets. Robb Janak of Jacobs Engine Brakes and Joel Morrow, moderator of the 9+ MPG Facebook page share their thoughts on engine cylinder deactivation and advanced engine down speeding.

Season 3 Episode 5: Truck Safety's Most Wanted

NTSB board members Thomas Chapman and Michale Graham speak with Jim Park about why the agency wants to see certain changes implemented, and how the number of crash fatalities could be reduced substantially if the recommendations were followed by various regulatory agencies.

Special Report: Are Autonomous Trucks Ready for the Road?

If you buy the hype, you might think driverless trucks are just around the corner. Dr. Mary "Missy" Cummings is a professor at Duke University and the Director of Duke's Humans and Autonomy lab. She says she's 100% behind robotic trucks in the long term, but warns that significant work remains to develop safe, robust and reliable self-driving cars and trucks.

Special Report: Robotic Trucking, the Waymo Way

Waymo Via, the Google-car spinoff that operates tractor trailers, is inching closer to full deployment of its driverless long-haul trucks. Founder and head of the self-driving trucks business, Vijaysai (Vijay) Patnaik, joins Jim Park to discuss the current state of the technology and how Waymo's decade of experience positions it well for public and industry acceptance.