In this week’s edition of The Week in Trucking, the trucking industry gets an audience with President Donald Trump, drivers may not be needed in California, are robots are set to take over warehousing and FMCSA pulls a controversial safety-focused rule.
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Meeting Mr. President
The American Trucking Associations, trucking companies and Road Team Captains visited with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss health care and the trucking industry. (Commercial Carrier Journal)
VW takes to the cloud for connectivity
Volkswagen Truck and Bus, which has a stake in U.S.-based Navistar, is rolling out a cloud-based platform that will allow vehicle owners to connect with their trucks. The service will also be open to customers and others, creating potential for more shipment visibility. (Wall Street Journal)
Drivers need not apply
California regulators have changed the rules on autonomous vehicles. Under the new rules, autonomous vehicles need not have a driver inside the vehicle, nor a steering wheel. (Transport Topics)
The robot did it!
As artificial intelligence and robotics become more the norm in business, a question of who is responsible when something goes wrong is not as obvious as it may seem. (IT Pro Portal)
Can gamers be the next generation of truck drivers?
Autonomous trucks generally require a driver in the seat. But, what if they didn’t? What if a driver could sit in a control room and operate the truck? (Fleet Owner)
Online shopping pushing more stores to close
As more brick-and-mortar retails stores close down, the way Americans purchase goods is being forever changed, and that is causing plenty of havoc within the retail industry. (Business Insider)
Working with wearables
Smart glasses, augmented reality and other wearable technologies are altering the reality of warehouse work, creating new levels of productivity and cost savings. (Inbound Logistics)
Safety Fitness rule takes backseat to CSA study
A rule intended to determine safe trucking companies and mired in controversy has finally been removed from regulatory calendar. FMCSA has removed the proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule pending the results of a Compliance, Safety, Accountability study now ongoing. (Transport Topics)