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June 11, 2018 6:00 AM, EDT
Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns: A Transport Topics podcast

In our debut episode of RoadSigns, we ask: What does the move toward autonomy mean for the truck driver? Hear a snippet from Fred Andersky of Bendix, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.

Transport Topics has released the first episode of RoadSigns, a new podcast series that sets out to answer the most pressing questions facing the trucking industry.

RoadSigns will delve into a range of topics by speaking with key newsmakers and experts who are helping to shape the industry’s future.

The debut episode is titled “Autonomous: Who’s Behind the Wheel of Tomorrow?” It explores one of the most important questions raised by the emergence of automated driving technology: If autonomous trucks are the future of trucking, what is the future of the truck driver?

To help answer that question, TT’s managing editor of features, Seth Clevenger, spoke with a developer of self-driving truck technology and an executive at a major supplier of driver-assist systems.

The podcast features a conversation with Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark, a Silicon Valley startup that is developing self-driving truck technology for operation on freeways.

Fred Andersky, Alex Rodrigues

Andersky (left) and Rodrigues

Clevenger also spoke with Fred Andersky, who heads the controls business and government and industry affairs at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a major supplier of braking and active-safety technology that could serve as the building blocks of autonomous driving.

To hear their thoughts on the future of automation in trucking and what it will mean for drivers, check out the podcast at RoadSigns.TTNews.com or subscribe to the program on iTunes or Stitcher.

The podcast is sponsored by International Truck.

In the months ahead, TT will release additional episodes of RoadSigns that will explore other key topics regarding the future of trucking.

The next podcast will focus on the development of electric-powered trucks and the role they might play in commercial transportation in the years ahead.

Future episodes will investigate the emergence of on-demand freight platforms and explore the potential for blockchain technology to streamline transactions and the flow of information in trucking.