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Amazon’s New Delivery System Will Depend on Logistics

Freight transportation is an industry that has been a cornerstone of the US economy for decades, and more corporate juggernauts are showing interest in the field than ever before. Companies like Uber, Tesla, and others have thrown their hat in the ring, claiming their ideas and technology have the capacity to modify this crucial field and take it in a whole new direction. The latest household name to jump into the fray is Amazon, with the online retailer aiming to make affordable grocery delivery a reality. The company made headlines when they acquired Whole Foods Market Inc., an upscale...

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Major Carriers Ask for Revival of Federal Funding

The freight transportation industry is involved in various programs on state and federal levels. Everything from private groups centered around bettering the working conditions of drivers to government agencies designed to improve road safety can have a major impact on the lives of truckers. Some programs stick around longer than others, and many of the most beneficial provide funding. Not only does this give carriers a realistic incentive to participate in initiatives, but it gives them valuable resources for their organizations. One group of major trucking companies has reached out to regulators recently, asking them to restore funding for...

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ELD Mandate Deadline Less Than Half-a-Year Away

There are only five months left in 2017 for drivers to comply with the upcoming federal mandate on electronic logging devices. As the December 18th deadline draws closer, some drivers and carriers are still adjusting to the change. Others are waiting for guidance and assistance moving forward with the switch. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is expected to help provide training and instruction on the matter. The only problem is that the organization has not received any instructions of their own from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on how to proceed with these matters and enforce the regulation...

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The Stakes of a Data-Driven Industry

Trucking is an industry that has always gone by the numbers. From drivers counting miles to managers working to juggle expenses effectively, everyone in the freight transportation industry knows the importance of working according to the data. Even if it doesn’t always relate to the bottom line, data has a bigger role than ever in freight transportation. With the telecommunications and digital revolution, companies have been using everything from cloud-based platforms to decentralized market applications to telematic solutions in their quest to improve the efficiency of their operation. Data has come from multiple sources with the trucking industry. Carriers...

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Self-Driving Startup Embark Partners with Peterbilt

Another name in the self-driving truck market has just gained a new ally, who will help provide insight and resources as the company looks to lead the way with autonomous vehicles. Embark recently announced that they have raised $15 million in Series A financing. The company made headlines earlier this year when they announced their intention to use neural net-based machine learning technologies in their approach to autonomous trucking. While autonomy relies heavily on sensor technology, such as that popularized by companies like Otto, machine learning and A.I. will play a big role in helping vehicles adjust to navigational...

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