HDT Talks Trucking Special Report: Self-driving trucks will obviously displace some drivers. The question everyone is asking is how many and when. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new deputy administrator and current acting administrator, Meera Joshi, said in mid-March, "If it’s your livelihood that seems like it’s being threatened, it is an immediate problem." But realistically, given the development timelines for autonomous trucks, and near-term market penetration, if you are a truck driver today, it's unlikely you will lose your job to a robotic truck. Finch Fulton, vice president of policy and strategy for Locomation and former DOT deputy assistant secretary of transportation policy, explains why
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Smart Trailers are upending how truck fleets do business. These formerly brainless boxes are now providing insights and intelligence to fleets that help improve efficiency and productivity while making fleets proactive rather than reactive. Paul Menig of Business Accelerants discusses where this technology can take us, and what we'll need to do to get there.
Hydrogen fuel cells are still a bit mysterious. Are they a solution to trucking's range anxiety? Can they compete with diesel? Are they safe? Loop Energy president and CEO, Ben Nyland, pulls back curtain on fuel cells. He tells us how they work, where they'll work, and what they do best.
Special Report: While there are currently only few dozen robotic or autonomous trucks on America's highways, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is already thinking about the logistics of enforcement. Our guest, CVSA's Will Schaefer, muses on how to keep robotic trucks on the straight and narrow.
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.
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.
Staying healthy while living in a truck is tough at the best of times. Add the stress of living under a pandemic, and staying healthy and positive becomes doubly difficult. Nutrition and wellness expert Sergio Rojas shares his thoughts on how diet, fitness, proper sleep and even meditation can help improve health and wellness and reduce stress.
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.
Part II continues the discussion with seven truck drivers who are out in the wild working during the pandemic. In this episode, they discuss the emotional impact of COVID-19.
In this two-part HDT Talks Trucking Special Report, we introduce you to seven drivers who live on the front line of the battle with COVID-19. Part I looks at how COVID-19 affects drivers' daily activities and how they are adjusting to this new reality.