American Car Manufacturer Ford Motors Throws its Hat into the Autonomous Vehicle Ring

American Car Manufacturer Ford Motors Throws its Hat into the Autonomous Vehicle Ring

American automobile manufacturer Ford Motors is the latest company to throw its hat into the fold in the race to build autonomous vehicles. This announcement comes as a surprise as it shows the company’s undoubted commitment to developing autonomous vehicle technology and a business around it. The subsidiary of Ford Motors will be known as Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC.  Ford has been interested in developing autonomous vehicle technology, so this consolidation of its departments into a new company was a logical decision. Continue reading “American Car Manufacturer Ford Motors Throws its Hat into the Autonomous Vehicle Ring”

Uber Announces Potential Partnership with Google’s Self-Driving Car Company Waymo to Disrupt the Ride Hailing Industry

Uber Announces Potential Partnership with Google's Self-Driving Car Company Waymo to Disrupt the Ride Hailing Industry

At the recent 2018 Code Conference in California, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that Uber is in discussions with Waymo, an autonomous car company and subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. This news comes roughly four months after the two companies settled a major lawsuit between each other. Continue reading “Uber Announces Potential Partnership with Google’s Self-Driving Car Company Waymo to Disrupt the Ride Hailing Industry”

Rates Rise and Capacity Struggles During Operation Safe Driver Week 2018

Rates Rise and Capacity Struggles During Operation Safe Driver Week 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Operation Safe Driver Week has commenced as of July 16th, 2018 and will persist throughout the week. During this week law enforcement will be monitoring for commercial motor vehicles practicing unsafe driving behaviors. The types of practices that qualify as unsafe driving behavior that law enforcement will be looking out for throughout Safe Driver Week are acts such as; speeding, failure to use a seat belt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, improper lane changes, and more. The purpose of this operation is to try to promote attention to the primary causes of crashes. The operation’s goal is to combat these unsafe practices through stricter enforcement of these rules on the road. Continue reading “Rates Rise and Capacity Struggles During Operation Safe Driver Week 2018”

June Flatbed Rates Hit Record Highs as 2018 Roadcheck Enforces New ELD Mandates

June Flatbed Rates Hit Record Highs as 2018 Roadcheck Enforces New ELD Mandates

The flatbed trucking industry has experienced rising rates throughout the month of June with a major contributor to rising rates being fuel prices, but also in part due to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Roadcheck that occurred in North America from June 5th to June 7th. This is the first roadcheck to occur during the era of ELD. The roadcheck comes just two months after April 1st where Electronic Logging Devices would begin to be strictly enforced. Flatbed shipping companies have struggled this month to secure trucks for reasonable rates, if they could book a truck at all. Continue reading “June Flatbed Rates Hit Record Highs as 2018 Roadcheck Enforces New ELD Mandates”