Episode 43: RoadSigns Roundabout: What Have We Learned About Workforce Development?
Over the past few episodes, we've had the chance to listen to the experiences of industry leaders and the strategies and planning that go into finding the right people for your workforce. With their insight, we unlocked numerous tips to keep your workforce functioning and profitable. So, this week, host Michael Freeze reviews the most important bullet points, from technician and driver training to incorporating diversity in both recruitment and retention. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 42: WD3: What Is the Industry Doing to Include More Women?
What are industry executives doing to help bring more women into the fold, not only as drivers, but in leadership roles? How can we keep pushing toward a balanced boardroom? Host Michael Freeze talks with Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking, and Debora Babin Katz, vice president of TrucBrush Corp. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 41: WD2: What Is the Process of Training a Commercial Driver?
What does it take to be a commercial driver, and what are schools doing to train these drivers? Host Michael Freeze speaks with Chris Thropp, CEO and president of Sage Truck Driving School, and Don Lefeve, CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 40: WD1: What Does It Take to Train a Class 8 Technician?
Episode 39: How Is Connected-Vehicle Technology Transforming Fleet Management?
What fuels will power the future of trucking? For all the buzz about the potential of electric trucks, they still face challenges. In this episode we find that alternatives such as natural gas and propane offer balance and help widen the view of trucking's future. Host Seth Clevenger talks with Chad Lindholm, vice president of natural gas provider Clean Energy, and Stuart Weidie, president of a nationwide propane autogas fueling network, Alliance Autogas. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 38: How Is Connected-Vehicle Technology Transforming Fleet Management?
Connected trucks have been reshaping fleet management for years, and the possibilities continue to expand. In this episode, we assess how connectivity is changing trucking today and into the future, including how it could enable electric and self-driving trucks. Host Seth Clevenger talks with two experts from Penske Transportation Solutions, Bill Combs, vice president of connected vehicle strategy and experimentation, and Samantha Thompson, manager of fleet telematics and customer success. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 37: What Will the Rise of 5G Mean for Trucking?
5G wireless networks promise greater bandwidth, faster speeds and improved reliability, all of which could help accelerate the expansion of onboard sensors and connected devices on commercial trucks and trailers. But how long will the industry have to wait until this technology is ready for fleet operations? Host Seth Clevenger talks with Chris Wolfe, CEO of PowerFleet, and John Binder, director of wireless operations at Trimble Transportation. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 36: How Can Fleets Get a Better Handle on Speeding?
Higher speeds can lead to costly crashes and higher insurance claims. So how can fleet managers harness technology to get a better handle on vehicle speed and improve their safety culture? Host Seth Clevenger speaks with Mathieu Boivin of E-Smart and Jonathan Hubbard of SpeedGauge. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 35: RoadSigns Roundabout: Trucking’s Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 has changed the rules of business, disrupted supply chains and created market volatility. So how are businesses performing under this new work environment? And what further steps should companies take to protect employees? Host Seth Clevenger revisits interviews with a broad range of industry experts and their evolving response to the pandemic. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 34: How Are Logistics Companies Managing Disruption During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
COVID-19 has placed significant strain on many freight networks. So how are third-party logistics providers adapting to meet these challenges? And how will this crisis change supply chains in the long run? Seth Clevenger chats with two 3PL executives who have had firsthand experience contending with this crisis. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 33: How Are Trucking Companies Weathering the Coronavirus Storm?
There is no playbook for navigating the COVID-19 crisis. How can trucking companies adjust their operations to ensure that essential freight keeps moving while protecting their workers? Host Seth Clevenger speaks with Lilli Chiu, senior risk consultant at Hub International, and Dave Cox, president of cross-border LTL carrier Polaris Transportation, about how fleets can establish measures to help protect their drivers and other employees from contracting the virus. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 32: How Is Supply Chain Visibility Easing Logistics Challenges Amid the Covid-19 Crisis?
COVID-19 has been a wakeup call to many businesses and their ability to mobilize rapidly, set up crisis management mechanisms and build the supply chain resilience that will see them through to the other side. Knowing the location and status of freight makes all the difference in navigating uncertainty. Host Seth Clevenger speaks with supply chain visibility experts Glenn Koepke and Francis Roy. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 31: How Are Test Drivers Paving the Way for Truck Platooning?
Two trucks travel together in a tight formation on the highway, linked by connected vehicle technology. When the driver of the lead truck brakes, the following truck automatically follows suit. Test drivers at the helm of these truck platoons say the experience is a lot like using adaptive cruise control on steroids. In this episode, host Seth Clevenger speaks with Mike Perkins and Derrick Loo, test drivers at Peloton, one of the companies at the forefront of developing truck platooning systems. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 30: Is It Time for Fleets to Accelerate Replacement Cycles for Onboard Tech?
Much of the trucking industry continues to rely on older onboard technology for mission-critical functions such as electronic logging of driver hours of service. This reliance on legacy systems can hurt reliability and efficiency, particularly with the sunsetting of 3G networks. So is it time for fleets and their technology vendors to implement faster replacement cycles for onboard tech? Seth Clevenger talks to Ray Greer, CEO of Omnitracs, and Deryk Powell, president at Velociti. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 29: Who Will Repair the Trucks of Tomorrow?
Driver recruiting and turnover have been persistent challenges for trucking companies, but the industry is also struggling to attract a new generation of technicians to maintain and repair the increasingly high-tech trucks that move the nation’s freight. Seth Clevenger sits with the two people most focused on the new technician hunt. Join us in Atlanta as we talk to Technology & Maintenance Council's executive director, Robert Braswell, and new chairman, Stacy Earnhardt, and find out who's fixing the trucks of tomorrow. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 28: What Can Predictive Analytics Reveal about Driver Safety?
Driver safety is paramount for trucking companies, but determining which drivers are most likely to be involved in a crash is no simple task. As it taps into a variety of data sources, predictive analytics software helps to reduce the guesswork. In this episode, host Seth Clevenger talks with Hayden Cardiff, CEO of Idelic, and Ashim Bose, chief data scientist at Omnitracs. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 27: What Lies Ahead on the Road to Electric Trucks?
In this episode, we take a fresh look at the road ahead for electric-powered commercial vehicles. How soon will electrification truly take hold of trucking, and in what applications? And what are the obstacles that early adopters will need to overcome? Join Seth Clevenger in Las Vegas, from the show floor of CES 2020, as he interviews Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer, and Chris Nordh, senior director of advanced vehicle technology and energy products at Ryder System. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 26: What Did CES 2020 Reveal About the Future of Trucking?
What was trucking doing at CES 2020? This is the question that drives host Seth Clevenger to Las Vegas and the event formerly known for crazy consumer gadgets. There, he meets Rich Mohr, chief technology officer for Ryder Fleet Management Solutions, and Stephan Olsen, general manager of the Paccar Innovation Center. Listen in as these innovators help him see how high tech the industry has become, and how you can prepare for this new age of trucking. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 25: RoadSigns Roundabout: Automated Trucking, Part II
Over the last few years, we've seen a great deal of investment in self-driving technology for commercial trucks. But what about trucking automation designed to support the driver rather than replace the driver? In late 2019, Chuck Price, chief product officer of TuSimple, and Ognen Stojanovski, co-founder and COO of Pronto.ai, presented RoadSigns listeners with a palatable Level 2 version of trucking autonomy. Join us on part two of our autonomous investigation, and put the machine-to-driver reality in the clearest view. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 24: RoadSigns Roundabout: Automated Trucking, Part I
Last year we set out to answer a question: What does the move toward autonomy mean for the truck driver? Who’s behind the wheel of tomorrow? This year, host Seth Clevenger allows those important questions to resurface in new contexts. As part of a 2020 preview, and a two-part investigation of autonomous today, this episode revisits conversations with some of 2019's most knowledgeable experts in autonomous trucking. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 23: RoadSigns Roundabout: Looking Ahead to Trucking's Future by Looking Back
Thanks to the provocative predictions about our connected future, RoadSigns guests presented listeners with a pretty surprising picture of trucking and freight transportation. In this episode, we reflect on those themes and interviews from 2019. Host Seth Clevenger gives fresh commentary on the industrywide transition to ELD, expansion of tracking and freight visibility technology, and the clarity you need to tackle truck tech's most complicated issues in the new year. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
RoadSigns: Season Six
Episode 3: How Can More Diverse Leadership Spark Better Ideas in Transportation?
How can a more diverse leadership team create a competitive advantage in business? Whether you're running a trucking company or building a technology startup, adding diversity to your team will introduce new perspective. And new perspective might just be the key to taking your company to the next level. In this episode, host Seth Clevenger asks Lily Shen, president of Transfix, and Ellen Voie, president of the Women in Trucking Association, what it will take for trucking companies to remove barriers and become more inclusive. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 2: How Will the Internet of Things Shape the Future of the Trucking Industry?
Transportation is becoming increasingly connected with more sensors, more data and more insights to help trucking and logistics providers operate more efficiently. So, what’s next? How can fleets prepare for this copious amount of information coming into their back office? In the episode, we head to American Trucking Association’s 2019 Management Conference & Exhibition to ask Henry Popplewell, president of Skybitz, and Scott Sutarik, vice president of commercial vehicle solutions at Geotab, what companies can do to prepare for the age of big data. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 1: Will Active Safety Technology Become an Industry Standard?
Industry adoption of active safety technologies such as air disc brakes, collision mitigation systems and lane departure warnings is on the rise. Fleets that implement these technologies see lower insurance costs, reduced collision rates and significant return on investment. Join host Seth Clevenger as he travels to the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show to sit down with experts from Wabco and Bendix to find out what it will take to get fleets to utilize the latest advances in vehicle safety. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
RoadSigns: Season Five
Episode 3: How Can Trucking Raise the Bar for Freight Visibility?
Suddenly, shippers seem to expect freight carriers to know, and share, the transit story. And those who cannot rise to the data demand lose out on the contract. Recent advances in AI and machine-learning software fuel this rise. But what does this mean for the shipper-carrier relationship? Host Seth Clevenger makes the journey to Trimble’s 2019 In.sight User Conference to talk to three industry experts about why the ability of real-time visibility is becoming table stakes in a large segment of the freight market. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 2: How Can Fleets Navigate the Path Ahead for Data Analytics and ELDs?
Onboard software means machine data, maintenance data, driver data, load data and all other sorts of road data arrive at the fleet’s back office waiting to be sifted for powerful insight. But that requires fleets to have the right back-office software to do that sifting, and the right (and regulatory compliant) onboard software to do the right kind of data collecting. That can mean challenges for today's fleet. Seth Clevenger travels to the Trimble 2019 In.sight User Conference to ask a pair of executives to help him understand how one company attempts to think about a data-management future. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 1: How Will Machine Learning Enhance Transportation Software?
Trucking decisions have gone to the machines. The promises sound almost magical: Supply your shippers with better freight visibility with one click, better manage your driver profiles and increase retention with this easy software. In fact, today, an algorithmic solution exists for almost every trucking and logistics problem. But, Seth Clevenger wonders, how well are the machines learning at scale? Will these technologies really continue to provide today’s trucking and logistics managers with better decision and support solutions for real-world problems tomorrow? To get some answers, our host travels to the 2019 McLeod Software User Conference and sits with tech expert and company CEO Tom McLeod, who helps to put a human explanation to the work of the machines. Listen in, before RoadSigns automatically recommends a different podcast episode. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
RoadSigns: Season Four
Episode 3: Onboard Video: What Really Happened Out on the Road?
Until recently, what happened on the road, stayed on the road. Trucking businesses had little opportunity to monitor and measure fundamental parts of their operations, and drivers were on their own to battle claims. Now, onboard cameras provide a view of the road and the cab. Fleets use the devices to help with everything from employee training to risk management. But does such use pay dividends? Will onboard cameras lead fleets to greater efficiency, better safety records, and stronger decision-making? Listen in, as host Seth Clevenger asks two leading field experts to help him understand the real value of these devices. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 2: Will Automated Steering Make Trucks Safer and Drivers Happier?
The introduction of active steering features in commercial trucks represents the next evolutioary stage for the onboard safety and collision mitigation systems available on the market today. But how will this affect the driver experience? Host Seth Clevenger speaks with experts Dan Williams, director of ADAS and autonomy at ZF Group, and Jason Roycht, vice president and regional business leader for commercial vehicles at Bosch North America. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 1: What Does the Future Hold for Truck Platooning?
Truck platooning lets paired trucks brake and accelerate in unison to save fuel, and could increase driver productivity. So why is platooning still in the testing phase? Host Seth Clevenger sits down with government reporter Eleanor Lamb and Cetin Mericli, CEO and Founder of Locomation, a company that is actively implementing platooning practices. Hear a snippet from Mericli, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
RoadSigns: Season Three
Episode 3: Is Predictive Maintenance the Next Big Leap for Fleet Efficiency?
They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So, what if you could plan maintenance and parts replacement on need, rather than standard service intervals? The cost benefits are invaluable. Equipment maintenance has a large part of the bottom line of trucking fuel efficiency. Hear a snippet from Clevenger, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 2: How Much More Juice Can Be Squeezed Out of the Aerodynamics Lemon?
Sophisticated fleets have already taken advantage of the low-hanging fruit, such as sideskirts and trailer tails, and OEMs have made their tractors more streamlined. So, our host wonders, what's left? How much more is possible? Can trucking businesses still make lemonade by adopting new practices? Or is this field just out of juice? Hear a snipped from Clevenger, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 1: How Can Trucking Take Fuel Economy to the Next Level?
The perpetual drive to improve fuel efficiency will only continue as fleets look to improve their bottom lines, and GHG emission and fuel economy standards tighten. So, host Seth Clevenger wonders, what are fleets and tech vendors doing to find further improvements in fuel economy? Hear a snipped from Clevenger, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
RoadSigns: Season Two
Episode 3: How does AI Change Trucking’s Back Office?
Did you ever wonder what might happen if your back-office decision-makers had time to strategize and think, rather than be weighed down by menial tasks? Could the digital brain help support your real human brains? And could they do so in cost-effective ways? In this episode of RoadSigns, host Seth Clevenger takes a look at the way an entirely new technology changes trucking’s and freight transportation’s back office. As artificial intelligence and machine learning begin to appear in trucking and logistics software, he wonders, “How is this trend changing transportation management? And ... what is the future?” Hear a snipped from Clevenger, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 2: What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?
Have you thought about technology as a gateway to … more technology? Take the oft-considered electronic logging device technology as an example. What was a technology meant to track hours of service may now be a gateway into new forms of fleet management. In fact, several new ELD vendors (at least the successful ones) are expanding their products to deliver new fleet management features beyond core compliance. In this episode of RoadSigns, host Seth Clevenger goes on the hunt for examples of new uses of the tech formerly known just as hours-of-service tracking and asks, “Can it really do that too?” Hear a snippet from Norm Ellis, president of EROAD, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTnews.com.
Episode 1: The AOBRD Phaseout: Is Your Fleet Prepared?
It’s time to trade in your old tech for new. Oh … and you have less than a year to complete the journey.
Every business manager knows that, when you have institutionalized an operational technology, moving to a new system can feel like an impossible task. And the stakes increase when outside forces put a time constraint on that change. Some of trucking's most forward-thinking managers provide a good example. Their tech? The driver-logging software known as AOBRDs. These managers have until December 2019 to migrate to new tracking platforms: electronic logging devices. Unlike those who adopted ELDs as new technology, AOBRD users understand the benefits of this tracking technology but must deal with legacy workflows and other operational requirements. In this episode of RoadSigns, host Seth Clevenger maps the great tech migration from AOBRDs to ELDs and asks, “What will trucking's business leaders need to make the transition in time?” Hear a snippet from Fred Fakkema, vice president of compliance at Zonar, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTnews.com.
RoadSigns: Season Intersession
Episode 2: Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?
Right now, in the ports of Southern California, product planning, purchasing, and regulatory forces are coming together to lay the groundwork for the first real electric ecosystem. Grants and incentives make EV technology attractive for both new truck manufacturers and buyers. So, host Dan Ronan wonders, could what’s happening at the ports of Southern California have consequences for the way the rest of the nation experiences an electric future? To find out, he spends time with the head of product planning for a major truck manufacturer and a policy expert with an eye on sustainable trucking. Hear a snippet from Volvo's Keith Brandis above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 1: How Does Congress Say Trucking?
With a new Congress set to convene in January, what is the opportunity for movement on trucking issues on Capitol Hill? Will infrastructure finally bubble up to the top of the priority list as a potential bipartisan victory? TT's Eugene Mulero and CQ Roll Call's Kellie Mejdrich talk with TT's Dan Ronan about what's ahead not only on Capitol Hill but also on the regulatory front. Hear a snippet from Mejdrich above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
RoadSigns: Season One
Episode 5: Tap Here to Book Your Next Load
How far can we go in terms of automating freight transactions? Will automated brokerage really be able to help shippers find trucks and fleets find drivers? Hear a snippet from Ziad Ismail, chief product officer at digital freight matching firm Convoy, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com
Episode 4: Putting the Supply Chain on the Blockchain
What does trucking's rush toward blockchain mean for an industry that relies so much on trust among business partners? Will it be able to put its trust in this technology platform and its immutable data? Hear a snippet from Ken Craig, vice president of special projects for McLeod Software and co-founder of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com
Episode 3: Will Your Next Truck Be a Plug-In?
Are electric vehicles poised to break through in commercial transportation? Hear a snippet from Mike Roeth, executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 2: What's Next on the Road to Self-Driving Trucks?
So automation is coming, but how will it be deployed? What will the legal and regulatory framework look like? Hear a snippet from Chuck Price, vice president of product at TuSimple, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
Episode 1: Autonomous: Who's Behind the Wheel of Tomorrow?
In our debut episodes of RoadSigns, we focus on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers.
In our debut episode of RoadSigns, we ask: What does the move toward autonomy mean for the truck driver? Hear a snippet from Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.