Trucking's response to a crisis often tends to be reactive and defensive. That can leave a carrier on its back-foot when trying to defend a claim in court. It's not that we're not good at defending ourselves, it's that plaintiff's attorneys are better; they are often better organized and prepared, and they are better funded. Can trucking level that playing field and start fighting back? Brendan Dawson thinks we can. In fact, he thinks we must. He's an entrepreneur, a risk manager and a former fleet manager. He's also the founder and CEO of Accident Plan and he's the organizer of the Trucking Defense Network. Brendan describes the challenge ahead for trucking and proposes some first steps toward resolving the insurance crisis.
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The trucking industry is still in the early stages of electrification. A significant portion of the fleet population will be electric by 2030 or 2035, but much needs to happen before then from electrical grid upgrades to improvements in battery technology. Two senior engineers at Dana outline the challenges that lay ahead on the road to electrification.
Most drivers and carriers seem supportive of the recent updates FMCSA made to its hours-of-service rules. To some, if the trucking industry is happy with a rule change, it must be bad for safety. Are the changes generally good for drivers and carriers? We'll find out on this episode.
While most autonomous truck developers are teaching and testing their AI in single trucks on highways in the southwest, Locomation is taking a different approach. Dr. Çetin Meriçli, CEO and co-founder of autonomous truck developer, Locomation explains why his company is taking a different approach, operating two trucks in a human-controlled partially automated environment.
After nearly 15 years aftertreatment systems continue to cause heartburn among maintenance technicians and fleet managers. Steve Hoke and Steve "Junior" Stratton of Diesel Emissions Service in Redding, California help make sense of the systems, explain what can go wrong with them, and reveal how to look after them.
Season 6 of HDT Talks Trucking digs into bunch of hot-button issues, from aftertreatment system maintenance to managing litigation costs resulting from accidents. We also dig into the new Hours of Service rules, automated trucks, electric trucks, and we add a dose of politics for a little spice.