The most recent update to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Hours of Service regulations went live September 29, 2020. They were two years in the making, and the changes came only after years of drivers asking for a bit more flexibility in how they manage their time. Did FMCSA get it right this time? To answer that question, we have Jerad Childress of Childress Law PLLC and Truck Safe Consulting along with Chris Woody, the safety manager at M&W Logistics of Nashville. Jerad explains the legal nuances of the changes while Chris shares his real-world perspective.
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While battery-electric trucks seem to be the darlings of the green movement here in North America, hydrogen fuel cells struggle for acceptance. A recently formed joint venture between Daimler Truck and Volvo Group Company aims to change that. Volvo Group's chief technology officer, Lars Stenqvist, explains the company's strategy to increase hydrogen's market penetration by 2050.
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.
The trucking industry is facing tectonic change to risk mitigation and its relationships with the insurance industry. Several factors are pushing up the cost of managing risk and defending accident claims. How the industry solves this problem isn't completely clear yet, but Brendan Dawson of the Trucking Defense Network has a few thoughts on the first steps we need to take.
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.
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