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Episode 109: How Is Predictive Analytics Streamlining Truck Maintenance?
Truck maintenance parts and labor costs increased 13% year-over-year in Q4 2022, according to a recent report by ATA TMC and Decisiv. The costly increase left fleets wondering — how can we prevent expensive truck repairs? Can historical data help reduce maintenance guesswork? How can my technicians react to fixes in a timely way? In this episode, we find answers with Kayne Grau, CEO of Uptake, a service directed to help companies translate underutilized data into insights that make industrial operations smarter and more efficient. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Roadshow Episode 12: Todd Cotier
Since childhood, Todd Cotier has had an eye for detail. He would spend hours after school and on weekends greasing backhoes and checking tires on dump trucks for his family’s construction business. Today, he brings the same spirit of quality and responsibility to the big stage as the new TMC chairman. In this episode we ask, how will Todd's spirit differentiate him from past chairmen? And, how will this "attention to detail" bring change to maintenance practices and technician recruitment models? Join us for this conversation from the floor of TMC's Annual Meeting to find out. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 108: How Can Carriers Squeeze More Fuel Efficiency Out of Today’s Trucks?
On the road, he is known as a professional driver with over a million miles. At Volvo, he is the star of the "No Compromise" video series which features him interacting with other drivers on truck design to optimize their driving experience. Joel Morrow, chief executive officer for Alpha Drivers Testing & Consulting traveled across America asking one simple question: What if a trucker designed a truck? In this episode, we find out. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 107: What's Under the EV Hood?
Has the trucking industry finally found its very own white knight? And, is it electric trucks? Although electric trucks have a higher price tag than their diesel counterparts, the return on investment is high. With a battery-powered engine, fewer moving parts, and essentially zero fuel, electric truck adopters are not only decreasing their emission levels but saving on maintenance and fuel costs. As the EV pros continue to outweigh the cons, it's time for the trucking industry to brace itself for a high-voltage transformation. In this episode, Steve Slesinski, director of global product planning for Dana Inc., and Trent Broberg, CEO of the vehicle transport firm Acertus, pop the EV hood and reveal new, easier ways to repair, prepare and invest in electric trucks. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 106: Can Better Visibility Alleviate the Truck Parking Problem?
Our highways allow commercial vehicles to move, but what infrastructure is in place when they need to stop, and their drivers need to safely rest? The need for ample and safe parking for large semi-trucks could generate the next great business idea. But, as a business problem, the issue is complex: Parking requires real estate, investment and a will to work through red tape. Host Seth Clevenger sits down with Evan Shelley, an entrepreneur with a real estate background and some very good ideas on how to approach this vexing issue. The co-founder and CEO of TruckParkingClub.com thinks that tapping into information technology and available land could create a new parking landscape. Will it? Budding entrepreneurs, truck stop owners, fleet administrators and truck drivers will all find Shelley's words worth stopping for. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 105: How Can the Trucking Industry Better Utilize Diagnostic Technology?
Your modern trucks are telling you when they are ailing. Your in-house technicians know how to read the symptoms and make the fixes. But you still seem to have many diagnostic-related headaches. Before you head for the office aspirin cabinet, check out OnLine Transport Inc. VP of Safety and Maintenance Randy Obermeyer's treatment plan that starts at the dealer and can scale to shops across North America. He talks to our Michael Freeze about how to handle conversations with out-of-house technicians, how to understand the data coming into uptime centers, and how to rethink treatment plan timing. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 104: Where Do Autonomous Trucks Fit Into Trucking’s Future? Part 3
Did you know? With the power of driverless technology, a 50,000-pound semi-truck can stop in less than a tenth of a second. Autonomous technology also halts the burden of driver turnover, hours-of-service regulations and unreliable deliveries. Yet, some industry folks are still asking, what are the benefits of driverless cars and trucks? To weigh the pros and cons of autonomous technology, we bring in one of the autonomous vehicle industry’s true pioneers, Don Burnette. With more than 10 years' experience working on self-driving software development, he has tested the whole autonomous tech stack — from wheels and trailer sensors to asset utilization and 24/7 delivery. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 103: Where Do Autonomous Trucks Fit Into Trucking’s Future? Part 2
Are you asking yourself: Will autonomous truck technology really improve efficiency in the transportation industry? Will self-driving trucks really take over and replace truck drivers? Let's ask a leading expert on autonomous trucking, Peter Vaughan Schmidt, CEO of Torc Robotics. With his experience in this field, he has a keen understanding of the potential that autonomous technology holds for freight transportation. He also knows the myths and misconceptions about autonomous trucking. In this episode, he sets the record straight and provides a guide to realign your business with the true autonomous reality. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 102: Where Do Autonomous Trucks Fit Into Trucking’s Future?
Autonomous trucks are still in the early days. Tech companies, startups and companies like Daimler, TuSimple, Paccar, Aurora, Waymo and Volvo continue to invest, making this transformative technology a reality. For this technology to succeed, however, it must integrate into real-world freight operations. In this episode, host Seth Clevenger wonders how autonomous trucks can fit into the freight transportation industry? What are the potential use cases and business models for self-driving commercial vehicles? To find answers, we step into Waabi World with Waabi's chief commercial officer, Vivian Sun, and later we hear from autonomous vehicle pioneer Jan Becker, CEO and co-founder of Apex.ai. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 101: 2023 Year in Preview
C.H. Robinson CEO steps down, potential recession looms and House Republicans focus on an in-depth examination of the Biden administration’s infrastructure funding priorities. With uncertainty in the air, what is the outlook for trucking in 2023? How will the industry change with the current government, economic and business trends? To guide you through this spate of trucking news, host Michael Freeze turns to the experts — Transport Topics' congressional reporter Eugene Mulero and business reporter Connor Wolf. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 100: Celebrating 100 Episodes of RoadSigns; Where Is Trucking Headed?
One hundred episodes. Over 100 guests. And, most importantly, 100 critical trucking questions ... answered. The first episode of RoadSigns asked, "Autonomous: Who's Behind the Wheel of Tomorrow?" To answer, Seth Clevenger brought in Alex Rodrigues of Embark who was just starting off in the autonomous trucking sector. Two rookies tackling the biggest question of their time and setting the stage for the future. Now, four years later, we've acquired an entire roster of extraordinary guests in tech, autonomous trucking, workforce development and trucking equipment, along with an irreplaceable co-host, Michael Freeze. For the next 30 minutes, see where trucking was in 2018, where it's going in 2023, and how the RoadSigns podcast has enjoyed every minute in between — helping you, our listeners, navigate the trucking road ahead. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Roadshow Episode 11: Rahmel Wattley
"I always tell people, driving a truck is either for you, or it is not for you. You either have it, or you don’t have it.” In 2002, Rahmel Wattley realized driving a truck wasn't for him. Trucking, however, was. He started dispatching and quickly climbed the corporate ladder. Then, he asked himself, "what if I started my own company?" The trucking business guru answered with a driver-staffing company whose first-year sales revenues exceeded $1.2 million. Now, this trucking-obsessed entrepreneur hosts one of the industry's most influential podcasts – and audiences can't wait to hear the lessons in each episode. What keeps the successes coming? What lessons can he give those who want to run trucking businesses? And what does his former rap career have to do with any of it? Let him tell you. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 99: Why Should the Trucking Industry Care About Cybersecurity?
On Feb. 17, 2020, a privately owned transportation and supply chain management company was attacked by malware. The company was a notable trucking industry for-hire company player with a strong IT team and plentiful resources. And, yet, even this well-oiled company was not cyberattack-proof. If cybersecurity threats can take down these digital systems, what will they do to yours? Can you prepare? In this episode, host Michael Freeze relays the company story and discusses strategies that need to be implemented to avoid cyberattacks. To crystallize the conversation, he brings in a 30-year veteran of automotive cybersecurity, vehicle electronics and diagnostics systems. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 98: What Are Trucking Professionals Most Thankful For?
Meet the truck-driver-turned-writer whose book, "Overcoming Challenge: The Tar-Billy Way," is helping thousands of everyday people lead with positivity. Then, hear from the philanthropist whose truck-driver-focused charity seeks to ensure that drivers who need help, get it. In this inspirational episode of RoadSigns, Ernest Hamilton and Etienne Hightower will remind you that kindness is all around — and trucking is a springboard for it. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Roadshow Episode 10: Randy Obermeyer
Randy Obermeyer is flipping the script on finding new diesel technicians. The newest Technology and Maintenance Council chair knows that being a truck mechanic is much more than a dirty job. Today, it requires a deep understanding of diagnostics, electric truck software, circuit boards, telematics and control modules. He also knows this multi-faceted type of talent is hard to come by, but for the people with that talent, he wagers, the job is worth it. Here's a look at the man who is reinventing technician recruiting. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.
Episode 97: Inside the List: How TT’s Top 50 Global Freight Companies Are Preparing for an Uncertain Future
After spending the past two years contending with supply chain disruptions and severe port congestion, the world’s largest freight transportation providers now face high inflation and economic uncertainty heading into 2023. In this episode we examine how international shippers and their freight transportation providers have been re-evaluating their supply chains and preparing for an uncertain future. Tune in above or by going to RoadSigns.ttnews.com.