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Self-Driving Big Rigs in Nevada, your thoughts?

Self-Driving Big Rigs in Nevada, your thoughts?

The future of transportation? Who approves or disapproves of the self-driving rigs now legal in Nevada? Here’s a statement from the manufacturer, Daimler.

A Daimler-built autonomous truck can now legally operate on the highways of Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval has officially granted the “Freightliner Inspiration Truck” a license for road use in the state, making it the first of its kind to navigate public roads in the US. The Inspiration’s Highway Pilot system” is loaded with cameras, radars, other sensors and computer hardware like most autonomous vehicles. However, it’s not completely self-driving — it still needs a human driver behind the wheel.

The Future of Shipping? Your Thoughts?

With such large vessels? Are you serious? Wind powered Shipping? Unmanned Cargo Ships? Do you think that’s a good idea? We want to hear your opinions here at Texas Gobal Services. Thank you for sharing. The WWEA, World Wind Energy Association, and IWSA, International Wind Ship Association have teamed up to  promote wind technology propulsion by the global shipping fleet. The WWEA will contribute with its experience in driving industry transition and taking advantage of the power of wind energy technology. The IWSA, in parallel, will continue to bring together all parties in the development of a wind-ship sector to shape industry and government attitudes and policies. “Collaborating with the WWEA team on joint projects enables IWSA to accelerate uptake of this abundantly available, free-to-use energy source into the maritime sector,” Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General, said. “Shipping is certainly an area that will greatly benefit from the uptake of wind power and we look forward to working closely with IWSA to make that happen faster and at scale,” Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General, said. World Maritime Picture: New Wind Powered Shipping Vessel

Unmanned Cargo Ships? Is this a good idea? 

Industry bodies in China, led by HNA Technology Logistics Group and China Classification Society (CSS), have established what is now known as the unmanned cargo ship development alliance. Supported by experts from the ABS, DNV GL, Chinese ship and Marine Engineering Design Institute, Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute, among others, the alliance is expected to have a profound impact on the industry. Picture: Unmanned Cargo Ship

New trucking regulations in favor of big corporations?

With the new ELD mandate going into effect in less than a year, trucking companies will be dealing with a very different regulatory landscape. All interstate motor carriers will be required to have their trucks equipped with electronic logging devices by December, and truck drivers will have to switch over to electronic logbooks for their HOS logs.

While the mandate has the potential to force some small carriers out of business — possibly leading to higher freight rates, if capacity tightens — there are several other proposed rules and regulations could also have major impacts on the trucking industry in 2017.

Saying the ELD mandate has the potential to force some small carriers out of business is a massive understatement. The comments on this very same article above I will post below. They are filled with trucking company owners that have been in business 7 years. Also, independent owners of 38 years going out of business. It’s hard to see the benefit here. Is this for public safety or not? Either way, the only way is to survive gov’t regulation. The truckers are going to strike. 90% of goods are transported by truck. There may be an interruption in services of everything including the supermarket. You have to ask yourself “Where is the incentive?”. This only helps large corporations in the name of public safety. If it does go into effect, just watch how fast it changes but not before millions of ELD’s are sold. It appears to be fundraising and corporate favoritism from my perspective. Please leave your input, we appreciate hearing from you!

Matthew fallon

  • 1/10/2017 7:41:43 AM

I hope it goes into affect to prove a point. Fmcsa has no clue what goes on out here. Can u imagine njtp all trucks 65?? Convoy for miles n miles n miles. Different speed trucks keeps it all moving. It’s common sense. Elds are not safer. Its a joke.


  • 1/10/2017 11:47:13 AM

EDL log books will put us out of business, as of Sept. 2017 when the Insurance come do we will fold the company up, it is just getting ridiculous at all the rules that are being put in place, as a 38 year driver and one truck we should at this time in are life be told how to drive by a computer. I have seen a lot of changes and not all good, but enough is enough you don’t want good divers you just want driver that YOU CAN COTROL

Kevin Mossman

  • 1/12/2017 8:03:18 AM

Elds, speed limiters, and other new regs are killing the transportation industry. I have been in the trucking business for 7 years . I have been around trucking all my life. I have tried to speed limiters and Elds didn’t make anymore money in fact I gained weight due to so much sitting time. I have my own business and truck and I will close down when the regs come into affect

david bock

  • 1/12/2017 8:35:51 AM

It’s just another way for the big trucking company to put the little guy out of business.

Wally brown

  • 1/12/2017 1:55:39 PM

We have alot of power.shut them down for a week. See if we can get there attention. It would work I guarantee.

ELD Mandate Grpaphic

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