Freight News Friday: Hurricane Michael; BlackBerry Enters Transportation

Did You Know?

This week, 105 years ago, Ford’s moving assembly line made its debut and completely revolutionized how cars are built.

Trucking Tip of the Week

If you’re driving into the Florida panhandle and up the east coast, don’t forget to check the weather. Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and it left a path of destruction in its wake. Make sure you’re prepared!

Technology in Trucking

BlackBerry has gone from cellphones and tech security into the transportation industry. Since their reach in the cellphone industry has waned, BlackBerry has set their sights on the “Internet of Things” and web security. With the amount of information that flows through a carrier’s hands, computers, and ELDs each day, BlackBerry is pushing the idea that carriers and brokers need to ensure their systems are secure and that they’re the best company to secure that information.

Autonomous Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a comment period surrounding autonomous vehicles. This is the third round of comments and proposed guidelines for autonomous trucks. Read “Automated Vehicles 3.0” and leave comments.

Women in Trucking

FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux will join the Women in Trucking’s Accelerate! Conference in Frisco, Texas, on Nov. 12-14, 2018. The conference will cover operations, recruiting, talent management, sales, and marketing.

Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes along with their potential effects on the trucking industry. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of Planning and Zoning, City Council, and Urban Renewal boards.