Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: Industry Turns Gaze to Automation

Automated driving technology has been a consistently hot topic in the trucking industry over the past few years, but the glare of the spotlight was particularly bright last week at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting and beyond.

Transport Topics
March 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Talks Stall as Union, Terminal Operators Hit Roadblock Over Automation

Automated stacking cranes at the Port of Long Beach, Calif. Automated stacking cranes at the Port of Long Beach, Calif. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Contract talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance ended on Dec. 6 after a disagreement over automation at terminals, leaving negotiations at a standstill without future talks scheduled.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Technological Advances Entice Younger Drivers to Trucking Industry, Executives Say

J.B. Hunt's Greer Woodruff Woodruff speaks at the House subcommittee roundtable discussion. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — Advances in automation, safety features and telecommunication are improving jobs for truck drivers, attracting a new generation of workers adept in user-friendly technologies, trucking executives told House lawmakers Dec. 7.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Opinion

Opinion: Emerging Evolution of Freight Brokerage

Freight and logistics always have depended on the human touch, but technology is getting smarter and many brokers wonder if their efforts will become unnecessary.

Brent Hollingsead | Marketing Director, Aljex Software Inc.
November 3, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

This E-Commerce Company Pays for Warehouse Worker Weddings. Will the Perk Survive Automation?

A Boxed Box Boxed

Tech entrepreneurs have long lavished perks on coders and engineers, the free massages, ping pong tables and free food of Valley lore.

Jing Cao | Bloomberg News
August 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Enlists Researchers to Build Box-Packing Warehouse Robots

Amazon Robotics Competition

Sixteen teams of robotics researchers are traveling to Japan this week to help Inc. solve its warehouse problem.

Joshua Brustein | Bloomberg News
July 27, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Billions Will Be Blown in Race to Field First Self-Driving Cars

Daimler David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

The race to field the first autonomous car will be a Darwinian exercise, with more than 50 major competitors reduced to a handful of winners over the next decade, according to a new study by consultant AlixPartners.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Swedish T-Pods Mate Truck and Trailer

Einride Self-Driving T-Pod Einride

Swedish transportation startup Einride unveiled a full-scale prototype of its T-pod self-driving vehicle with the capacity to haul 15 standard pallets.

Transport Topics
July 10, 2017
Technology, Autonomous

The Road to the Autonomous Truck

Starsky Robotics

The trucking industry’s march toward self-driving trucks is gaining momentum as new developers attempt to accelerate the pace of innovation.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 16, 2017
Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous Trucks: A Timeline

Automated driving technology holds the potential to bring revolutionary gains in safety and productivity to the trucking industry. But how far will automation go? And how quickly will it happen? No one really knows what the future holds, and many factors could help or hinder the advance of automation in trucking, but I do think it would be helpful to consider a projected timeline. So I’ll take a crack at it.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 16, 2017