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UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment 8/19/2019 FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes 8/16/2019 Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions 8/14/2019 CVSA asks for new truck crash study 8/12/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination 8/9/2019 Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race 8/7/2019 New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes 8/5/2019 Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav 8/2/2019 Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity 7/31/2019 DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure 7/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs 7/26/2019 FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers 7/24/2019 It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle. 7/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans 7/19/2019 Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire 7/17/2019 Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills 7/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status 7/12/2019 ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant 7/10/2019 New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters 7/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week 7/5/2019 Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July 7/3/2019 Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks? 7/1/2019 Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks 6/28/2019 Experts warn of active wildland fire season 6/26/2019 More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking 6/24/2019 Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award 6/21/2019 Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs 6/19/2019 Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers 6/17/2019 Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo 6/14/2019 HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers 6/12/2019 FMCSA takes a further look at detention time 6/10/2019 Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest 6/7/2019 Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week 6/5/2019 Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo 6/3/2019 Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments 5/31/2019 Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration 5/29/2019 Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts 5/25/2019 Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles 5/24/2019 Autonomous trucks on USPS test run 5/22/2019 Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules 5/20/2019 Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC 5/17/2019 Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA 5/15/2019 Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins 5/13/2019 Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole 5/10/2019 Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South 5/8/2019 Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets 5/6/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers 5/3/2019 'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states 5/1/2019 Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers 4/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business 4/26/2019 ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for 4/24/2019 Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks 4/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings 4/19/2019 Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels 4/17/2019 Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business 4/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise 4/12/2019 Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need 4/10/2019 Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border 4/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules 4/5/2019 Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates 4/3/2019 Don't get scammed by skimmers 4/1/2019 Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking 3/29/2019 Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers 3/27/2019 Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy 3/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap 3/22/2019 Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising 3/20/2019 FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website 3/18/2019 Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award 3/15/2019 The hidden danger of looking but not seeing 3/13/2019 Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout 3/11/2019 3/9/2019 3/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire 3/8/2019 Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases 3/6/2019 Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness 3/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports 3/1/2019 New tax changes hit drivers hard 2/27/2019 FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military 2/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use 2/22/2019 Congress committee looks at state of America's highways 2/20/2019 Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same 2/18/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks 2/15/2019 Detention - A problem still in search of a solution 2/13/2019 February Highway Angels honorees named 2/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets 2/8/2019 Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage? 2/6/2019 Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage 2/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team 2/1/2019 Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 1/30/2019 California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards 1/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers 1/25/2019 LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30 1/23/2019 2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry 1/21/2019 Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018 3/28/2018 TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award 3/7/2018 TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year 2/28/2018 Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers 2/26/2018 New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018 1/11/2018 Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup 12/21/2017 Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks 12/12/2017 Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017 12/8/2017 Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way 8/10/2017 Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road 7/18/2017 Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach 7/13/2017 Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal 7/6/2017 Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice 6/29/2017 The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers 6/15/2017 The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017 6/8/2017 We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better 5/30/2017 Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon 5/25/2017 11/30/-0001

Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, May 31, 2019

Last Updated: Thu, May 30, 2019


Waymo self-driving big rig truck with Chrysler Pacifica hybrid vehicle that it employs in the Waymo One ride-hailing service -- Source: Waymo

Waymo joins TuSimple in plying Phoenix roads with self-driving trucks

Phoenix-area drivers who have been spotting Waymo's self-driving vehicles on local roads for the past couple of years must now become accustomed to the sight of big-rig trucks plying the roads and freeways with nobody behind the wheel.

Waymo, which is Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit, is bringing its self-driving commercial Class 8 fleet to Phoenix after operating in the Atlanta area last year.

“Over the years, we’ve tested our trucks in a wide variety of cities and environments, from Georgia to California to Arizona, and we’re excited to be back in the Phoenix area to continue learning,” the company told Forbes. “We’ll start driving on the freeways around Metro Phoenix and expand to additional routes over time.”

Waymo hasn't released details about the number of autonomous trucks that will be deployed in its fleet, nor who their freight customers will be. The company did say that test rigs will be hauling empties as well as under loads, but that those loads will be for test purposes only and not under commercial contracts.

In addition to Atlanta and now Phoenix, Waymo said it has been testing self-driving trucks in the San Francisco area. The Atlanta tests in 2018 did include freight being delivered to Google's data centers there.

Each self-driving truck will have two trained drivers who can take control if it becomes necessary.

Waymo's autonomous big rigs will be sharing the roads around Phoenix with self-driving trucks developed by TuSimple; which recently received a contract to haul paid loads for the United States Postal Service locally between distribution centers and between Phoenix and Tucson.

But Waymo's approach to the development of self-driving trucks differs from TuSimple's.

TuSimple says that self-driving technology for big rigs should be developed from the group up exclusively for those vehicles because of the dynamics of weight, size and interactions on the highway that are unique to trucking.

Waymo, on the other hand, is modifying its existing technology from its Chrysler Pacifica hybrid vehicles that it employs in the Waymo One ride-hailing service around Chandler and other Phoenix suburbs. The company claims that its software and computers as well as its extensive seeing-eye system of radar, laser lidar and cameras can be used in big rigs as well.

Iowa troopers serious about "Move over, slow down"

During a three-hour period this week Iowa law enforcement officers from six agencies caught more than 80 drivers in a "Move over, slow down" sting along stretches of Highway 218 and Interstate 80.

The sting involved tow trucks parked on the shoulders accompanied by a patrol car.

Receiving citations were 66 drivers. And 16 were let off with warnings. Three drivers were caught driving while suspended, two on drug charges, and two commercial vehicles had to undergo inspection.

Normally, the Iowa State Patrol issues about 300 tickets per year for violating the move-over law.

Iowa's law is similar to many other states' move-over laws. Basically it states that vehicles need to slow down and move over, if possible, in the event that a vehicle with flashing lights or hazards is on the side of the road.

The AAA has a website where drivers can review the move-over laws for the states that they intend to drive into or through.

Most states use language similar to that of Georgia's:

State law requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, including towing and recovery vehicles, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the lane closest if safe and possible to do so, or slow below the posted speed limit to a speed reasonable for road and traffic conditions. Also included in the law are utility vehicles and road maintenance vehicles.

The District of Columbia has no move-over law.

Alaska includes animal control vehicles in its law.

Texas law states a specific speed that must be reduced to comply with the law:

State law requires drivers approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, including a tow truck and TX DMV vehicles and workers, using approved visual signals, and traveling in the same direction, to reduce speed (not to exceed 20 mph less than a posted speed limit of 25 mph or more, or not more than five mph when the posted speed limit under 25 mph) and vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicles.

FMCSA receives 264 comments so far on under-21 proposal

Two weeks into the 60-day comment period there have been 264 comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposal for a pilot program to allow drivers under 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

Yay or nay "votes" will not be tabulated until the comment period closes on July 15, but here are some of the latest comments:

Honestly, I'm starting to think the trucking industry has lost its mind. At 18 to 20 years old most young people have just learned how to drive. By the high cost of their insurance they must not be very good at it. Please don't have these young folks operating 80,000 lbs they will kill people ... most will not do it intentionally they just haven't figured out all the ins and outs of driving yet
Have seen quite a few younger truck drivers swerving and texting, while going full speed down interstate highways ... This is not to say that anybody and everybody of a certain age does it - that of course is not true. Yet it's far too many, and it indicates a larger problem with young drivers, as many others have noted.
My answer is no. 18-21 year old kids are just that. They don't have the maturity to be rolling down the highway driving a semi truck, 95% of them are on their phones texting while driving their cars. There's a reason insurance companies lower their premiums for 25+ years of age. There are reasons why car rental agencies have 21+ policy to rent cars. This job is already a dangerous job, now you want to add fuel to the fire? I hope for the safety of us and everyone else on the road that this policy/pilot program fails.
We support the Pilot Program to allow 18-20 year old individuals to operate in Interstate Commerce. Numerous current drivers, and managers within our company started their careers back in the 70's in the same age bracket driving interstate.

Sources: Tech Crunch, Forbes, KWWL, AAA, FMCSA

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