Industry update: AI comes to trucking, vet-friendly companies, and the ELD controversy


Trucking-industry update

Did you know? On this day…

On December 8, 1993, NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) was signed into law. For more on how NAFTA affects trucking, check out the FMCSA Fact Sheet.

Truck tech double-play: Startups and upstarts

TuSimple, an autonomous trucking startup, has raised over $55 million dollars in their third round of source funding. Since June, the 2015 Chinese startup has seen a drastic increase in interest from technology businesses like Artificial Intelligence leader NVIDIA. TuSimple has done a great deal of testing in Yuma, AZ, as well as in San Diego, CA, since July. The platform they’re testing is “SAE Level 4” autonomy. This means a driver will still be needed in the truck to perform most activities and the truck will only be autonomous for short stints at a time. For more on TuSimple and autonomous vehicles, check out Business Insider’s article here.

Nikola has teamed up with Bosch and PowerCell to help further development on their fuel-cell system. The production of the new fuel-cell is for Nikola’s electric vehicles set for production in 2021. The big rigs are slated for up to two days’ use. For more information, check out SAE International.

10 days until the ELD mandate…

We are 10 days away from the mandate, and we’re closely watching and waiting for the final verbiage surrounding the extension for cattle and agriculture haulers as that mandate inches closer to its deadline. While there have been information leaks about its approval, we’ve yet to see the final rendering from the FMCSA on all of the details and who will be included. More to come.

…protests ongoing

As we get closer to the ELD mandate, more drivers than ever are speaking out against the mandate. The hashtag #ELDorMe is a well-known rallying cry across the internet and at scheduled protests this Monday, December 4. At this time, no response has come from government officials regarding the backlash. We’ll keep an eye developing stories. For more on #ELDorME, check out Trucking Info.

Brokers: Stay in the know

When it comes to ELDs, keep in tune with what your carriers are dealing with. Read up on the ELD mandate and 49 CFR, along with the portion of the Federal regulations that governs drivers specifically for you. Check out 49 CFR 371.

Schneider and Union Pacific earn kudos

Several transportation companies have been recognized by CNBC as top places hiring military veterans. Schneider National, the only trucking company to make the list, was ranked at number 5. Union Pacific Railroad was listed at number 9.

 

Keep your shiny side up!

There was plenty of other information rolling through this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know – email us at mailbag@truckstop.com.

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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.