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Season 6 Episode 5 Electric Trucks: The Road to Cost Parity with Diesel

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.

April 30, 2021

Season 6 Episode 4 Has FMCSA Finally Got Hours-of-Service Right?

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.

April 29, 2021

Season 6 Episode 3 Carriers Need to Get Better at Self Defense

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.

April 29, 2021

Season 6 Episode 2 Are Two AI Trucks Twice as Good as One?

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.

April 6, 2021

Season 6 Episode 1 Aftertreatment Maintenance from A-Z

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.

April 6, 2021

HDT Talks Trucking Season 6 Trailer

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.

April 5, 2021

Special Report: Will Self-driving Trucks Put Truck Drivers Out of Business?

As the name implies, self-driving trucks will not require drivers. Does that mean anyone contemplating a career as a driver is heading down a dead-end road? According to Finch Fulton, vice president of policy and strategy for human-guided autonomous truck company, Locomation, anyone driving a truck today is unlikely to lose their job to a robotic truck.

March 17, 2021

Leadership Insights: Efficiency, Productivity and Smaller Fleets Too

Data is the key to profitability. Omnitracs' chief data and AI officer, Dr. Ashim Bose, focuses on how operational data can improve efficiency and productivity. He also explains how smaller fleets can use data and advanced analytics to improve their efficiency and productivity, too.

February 23, 2021

Leadership Insights: Taking Safety to the Edge

Data flows by the gigabyte from trucks today. Much of that data can help make your drivers safer and keep your drivers safe. From fatigue warnings and traffic alerts to weather and even Covid-19 hot-spot alerts, Omnitracs' chief data and AI officer, Ashim Bose, discusses how fleets can benefit from this treasure trove of data.

February 23, 2021

Leadership Insights: Turning Trends into Actions

From the latest in data intelligence to effectively using data to improve safety and operations, Dr. Ashim Bose, Omnitracs' chief data and AI officer, discusses how fleets can overcome the challenge of managing vast amounts of data and begin putting that data to work.

February 23, 2021

Season 5 Episode 5 HDT Editorial Roundtable-Looking back at 2020 and ahead at 2021

Last year, 2020, was a train wreck and 2021 got off to a pretty interesting start. What's ahead in 2021, or in the four years to come of the Biden administration? HDT's editorial team of Deborah Lockridge, David Cullen, Jack Roberts and Jim Park cast a relieved eye back at 2020 and wary eye ahead at 2021.

January 10, 2021

Season 5 Episode 4 Fuel Economy Testing Pioneers Chuck Blake and Bob Wessels

Bob Wessels and Chuck Blake, despite their competitive positions, understood the need for "real world" fuel economy testing that fleets could believe. The pair worked side by side for a couple of decades pioneering reliable and repeatable test methods. Bob and Chuck accumulated more than a few stories over the years, and they share some of them on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.

January 10, 2021

Season 5 Episode 3 Are You Worried About Cybersecurity? You Should Be.

If you're a typical small fleet in North America, you may think you're not big enough to attract a hacker's attention. You may think cyber-attacks happen only to big fleets because they have more of what interests the hackers. But according to our guest, Kevin Linardic of Carrier Logistics Incorporated, you'd be dead wrong.

January 10, 2021

Season 5 Episode 2 What Can Fleets do About the High Cost of Insurance?

What some are calling an insurance crisis is driving up operating costs and forcing fleets to change driver hiring and training practices. Andrew Ladebauche and Brian Runnels, both of Reliance Partners, unpack the challenge and explain how fleets can minimize the financial hit at renewal time.

January 10, 2021