Freight News Friday: Technology in Trucking & Hurricane Florence

Did You Know?

The first four-level interchange opened in Los Angeles, California, on Sept. 22, 1953. The new-style interchange was made to replace cloverleaf interchanges as a better way to transition on and off freeways.

Trucking Tip of the Week

Weigh stations and ports of entry can be a source of contention for truckers. Going through one with a bad attitude isn’t going to get you out any quicker. Be polite and courteous, and you’ll be on your way. The employees performing the inspection and reviewing your e-logs don’t make the rules, and yelling at them won’t help. Like you, they’re just trying to do their job.

Technology in Trucking

This week, CEOs for major transportation technology leaders learned more about the desire shippers and brokers have to always know the location of their loads. Technology groups are jumping on the freight-visibility bandwagon which is good since investing in software services are critical for the growth of transportation companies. Take a look at our coverage from last year.

Hurricane Florence

The aftermath of Hurricane Florence is showing up in major infrastructure issues on the east coast in areas hit the hardest. In South Carolina, one trucker had his tractor-trailer swallowed by a hole in the road created from floodwater erosion.

New Autonomous Truck

Volvo has introduced a new line of commercial vehicles they’re calling Vera. Vera is battery-powered and fully autonomous. The vehicle, made specifically for shorter hauls, includes a cloud-based technology center and has no area for a driver. Vera will likely see its start in Europe since Volvo is based in Sweden.

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.