Category Archives: Trucking

CBP’s automated in-bond filings shift into gear

Interesting piece about automated customs bond filings by truckers.  It is starting to be a reality, but there are still issues like airports not accepting them, and adoption issues– resistance from truckers to using the online forms.

Later in the piece it points out that truckers must pay a fee for each transaction on the system.  For larger companies that isn’t maybe a big deal, but for independent truckers it’s one more nail in the coffin.

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DCLI acquires TRAC domestic chassis fleet

The chassis story never ceases to amaze. TRAC was positioning itself to be a big player only a couple of years ago. Now what? Is it unprofitable?  We are still wrestling with who will pay for chassis, and how to share the cost.

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Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to ‘Eliminate’ Their Jobs

The headline is a gross misstatement of what this innovative startup is trying.  They want to write software that makes existing trucks, perhaps with a few sensors added, able to self-drive on the freeways.  A trucker will be in the cab at all times.  This approach is much more likely to be practical soon; there’s almost no chance that drivers will be eliminated from the cabs of vehicles soon. Politicians and insurance companies won’t have it, nor will the trucking companies themselves; the liability issues are way too daunting.

BloombergAt the autonomous driving startup Starsky Robotics, the present and future of U.S. employment ride in the same cab.

Source: These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs – Bloomberg

You may need to log in to see the story. There’s a link to a great podcast in it, an interview with the leader of this company.

https://soundcloud.com/bloomberg-business/human-vs-machine-self-driving-trucks

Innovation in the self-driving space is definitely to evolve into a standard set that we all will be able to use; the more tries the better, at this stage, to explore the realms of the possible.