Driverless trucking is the hot topic in transportation these days, and for good reason. To be honest, there’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the trucking industry. These self-driving trucks are the necessary innovation that will increase supply chain efficiency, reduce shipping costs, improve the truck driver shortage and save lives with fewer accidents.
From the pre-trip inspection requirements to the driving experience itself – driving an electric Peterbilt 579 appears to be an entirely new and different experience.
Earlier this week, a new bipartisan bill was introduced in the White house, which, if signed into law, would reform some of the regulations for the hours of service (HOS). The bill is backed by one of the trucking industry’s leading trade associations. It also would allow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to move more quickly on any rulemaking meant to provide drivers with split sleeper berth flexibility pare down the number of supporting documents drivers are required to maintain under the electronic logging device mandate.
There are many challenges truck drivers face like feet that become tired and sore after a long day of driving and dealing with cargo exchanges. This is surprising to most people who think that drivers don’t ever get out of the truck, but the reality is that they move quite a bit when they have to pick up/ drop off boxes, climb up to the cabin and lift heavy parts
On June 6th Daimler Trucks North America unveiled the “broadest electric truck fleet in North America by 2021” according to the company’s President and CEO Roger Nielsen.