Is the future of the trucking industry run by electric power units? Will autonomous trucks take over the roadways and human drivers be a thing of the past? What does this mean for the industry as a whole? Join us and explore the future of trucking as we delve into autonomous and electric vehicles. We’ll discuss the current trends and technology, hear what the experts predict for the future, look into climate regulations and how this is impacting the industry and discuss what that means for today’s drivers and carriers of all sizes.
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Say Cummins and the first thought is, "Oh, they make diesel engines.' That is only apart of the 102-year-old company today. Hydrogen, fuel cells and battery-powered electrification account for a growing part of the company portfolio. The changes mirror transportation's move to alternative fuels.
Most people think of Proterra as an early player in electric transit buses. That is accurate but incomplete. The company has expanded into battery packs and electric infrastructure. Telling that story is part of the reason it chose to go public via SPAC rather than a more restrictive initial public offering. The path to scaling the business includes partnerships with eight major transportation providers from Daimler Trucks to Komatsu construction equipment.
In the two years since Torc Robotics became part of Daimler Trucks, the autonomous software developer has been taking advantage of Daimler's relationships with fleets to learn specifically what they need as robot trucks draw nearer to reality. CEO Michael Fleming remains firm that autonomy must have redundant safety systems or not be done at all.
Locomation is a leader in the autonomous space who has a human-guided autonomy solution to aid their clients on the path to full autonomy, and their CEO & Co-Founder Cetin Mericli, joins us to share updates and discuss this space. They discuss the potential benefits operationally and financially of adopting this solution and what Locomation sees as the multi-step path to full autonomy.
Gartner is known for its tracking of technologies through peaks, valleys and the trough of disillusionment. Where are electric vehiclesand autonomous vehicles on this spectrum?
Automated driving technologies for semi-trucks are heading towards commercialization and deployment. Hear from Wiley Deck, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy of Plus and former FMCSA Deputy Administrator, on how regulations can unlock the full potential of self-driving technology to make long-haul trucking safer, more efficient, and better for the environment. He also discusses recent regulatory changes and new frameworks needed to govern the function, deployment, and operation of automated trucking systems, and more.
Kodiak Robotics co-founder and CEO Don Burnette has been around autonomous vehicles since working on the Google self-driving car project. His second try at starting an autonomous trucking software company is putting points on the board with the Air Force, Bridgestone Tire and a presence in Asia. Burnette sees autonomous trucking moving beyond the science project stage.
Michael Plasencia, Executive Director of Innovation at Ryder System, joined FreightWaves' Andrew Cox to discuss this year's FreightTech Awards. The structure remains the same as previous years, with the industry nominating companies and industry leaders voting on the winners. And the goal remains the same: Determine how the industry views the most innovative and disruptive companies. Can anyone dethrone Amazon and project44 from the 1/2 slot?
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Navistar shocked the trucking world a year ago when it declared it would build and sell a Level 4 high automation electric truck by 2024 in partnership with TuSimple. As the overall timetable accelerates toward driverless trucking, Navistar and TuSimple appear to have the confidence of more than just the trucking industry.
From armored trucks to heavy-duty tractors, there are the less desirable vehicles that make great candidates for electrification. Xos embraces these customers who are great candidates to transition to zero-emission powertrains.
After completing the first autonomous cross country trip in 2018, Embark Trucks stayed below the radar until this year when it has announced a plethora of advancements like solving the challenge of autonomous trucks navigating construction zones, developing a universal interface that will plug into any major truck maker's equipment and, most recently, a SPAC that values the company at more than $5 billion.
Two of the first Workhorse Group composite body electric vans went to Ryder to take the temperture of customer desire for short-term rental exposures to electric vans. Ryder will be one of the companies that gauges reaction to EV technology by inserting them in their fleets.