March 17-24: The week in trucking

Like many warehouses, Amazon uses robots to move products around, including stowing away product for retrieval later. (Photo: Amazon)

Like many warehouses, Amazon uses robots to move products around, including stowing away product for retrieval later. (Photo: Amazon)

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)

Read: Carrier execs, Road Team drivers meet Trump at White House

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)

Read: VW Truck and Bus profit up on strong Europe, China sales

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)

Read: California says autonomous vehicles don’t need human drivers

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)

Read more: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: Who’s Liable for the decisions made?

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)

Read: Will truckers become like drone operators?

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)

Read: The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America

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)

Read: The Who, What, When, and Why of Warehouse Wearables

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)

Read: FMCSA withdraws its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule