The Trucking Crisis Video
The Trucking Crisis is a great video that we found that was produced by Glenn Beck. He talks about the trucking crisis and how it has a direct and indirect effect on every one of us in the United States. We need to look at this information and consider how are we going to live without trucking and the fixes that need to be made in order to continue the delivery of goods. We need to see better wages and better, safer conditions for drivers. We are directly involved in this crisis by trying to supply truck parking for drivers that is safe and affordable across the nation. Truck Depot LLC wants to become the Mcdonalds of the truck parking industry. We want drivers to be able to park, rest, relax, meet the federal laws for driving, and be physically safe while doing that. We want driver to know that no matter where they are driving when they see a truck depot llc sign that they will be assured of the same safety and quality no matter where they are.
So go ahead and check out the replaying of Glenn Beck and share with someone you know or even with your state reps about the need for a working partnership of state, federal, and private industries working together to create more safe environments for drivers thus allowing society to get the supplies needed for daily life.
This is a repost of a story about the autonomous truck driving company named IKE. Those of us here at Truck Depot LLC liked it and decided to repost, from the original story we found in HDT it as it was written to share what we believe to be the more optimistic reality of autonomous trucks. The fact that this companies technology is one that requires that a human still be in the truck somewhat as a co-pilot as opposed to the others that are eliminating the human driver factor all together. So go ahead and check out the story and leave your comments to let us know what you think as well.
“President Dwight Eisenhower was enough of a visionary to advocate for the establishment of the Interstate Highway System. And so, while presidents usually get a luxury car marque named after them, it’s a fair assumption Ike would be pleased to see his name given to a new, startup autonomous truck company.
As reported by Wired magazine, the San Francisco start-up Ike was founded by CEO Alden Woodrow, CTO Jur van den Berg, and Nancy Sun, chief engineer. The top management team have all worked at some of the automotive industry’s major autonomous vehicle developers, including Google, Apple, Otto, and Uber. In fact, all three executives left Uber last summer after the company shut down its autonomous truck development unit.
Today, according to Wired, the three managers say they’re taking a small step back in terms of capability, with a goal of focusing on a more “elemental” self-driving truck. According to Wired, this led to the decision to focus on trucks, instead of cars, since long-haul trucks don’t typically have to deal with pedestrians or cyclists and usually enjoy well-marked lane lines.
“We do not want to do a single right turn off the highway,” van den Berg told Wired, noting that even right turns are technological complications. Instead, he envisions Ike’s trucks pulling into roadside transfer hubs, where humans drivers will climb in and pilot the rigs to their final destinations.
To jumpstart the development process, Wired reports, Ike is licensing the autonomous vehicle software from robotics and artificial intelligence developer Nuro, a two-year-old self-driving startup that focuses on delivery robots and launched its first pilot project with Kroger in June.
In return for a stake in Ike, Nuro will give the company access to software that helps autonomous vehicles “see” and “understand” what’s going on around them, Wired reports. Ike developers will have to adapt those systems to work in a self-driving truck.
Ike expects to start testing its autonomous truck technology on California highways in a matter of months.”
We are excited to announce that we are closer than ever today to the premier of the Truck Depot LLC Podcast. We have been working on the production all in the attempt to make sure the show is not just another show where people are complaining without any fix at the end. We are going to be doing interviews of professional truck drivers, owner operators, truck company owners, and government officials that live and work in the trucking logistics industry daily. We are going to be talking with the people that struggle with the good, bad, and ugly aspects of the trucking industry and ask the decision makers the why’s and the when’s of any solutions.
We personally invite everyone to tune in and call in and give their opinion or even two cents. This is going to be an adult mature content podcast, since we are discussing adult issues with adults. We do not want anyone under age to listen and be shocked or offended or wrongfully educated. We are looking forward to having fun getting answers to tough issues in our industry. We will be serious while we also have fun with our guests and listeners.
So if you are looking for a new energetic podcast discussing the tough issues in the industry then tune in. We will be premiering February 25th.
OTR Drivers Video Share
OTR Drivers have a very dangerous career and life physically. There is so much more of a price that they pay beyond physical danger though. We couldn’t have said it better than the guy that made this video. I have not written much here in this post because i believe the video and the drivers narration says it all. Anyone seeing this post and the video take a moment when you’re on the road and remember the OTR drivers are making life possible for every single one of us every day.
The Truck Parking Crisis – Responsibility of the State or Private Industry
Truck Driving, more specifically The Truck Parking Crisis, is a factor that has an effect on everyone in every industry and walk of life. 2019 is going to be a dramatic year of rises and falls in our economy, our politics, and the trucking industry. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the facts that every single American is touched, in some way, by the Truck Parking Crisis. As a person that works for a company that has been, and continues to, be hard at work to creating answers to the Truck Parking Crisis in America, I decided to look into how and who it effects.
If you are a truck driver then you know the truck parking nightmare all too well. As a driver, that is a driver for a company and not an owner/operator, you are impacted directly by the “Hours of Service” laws. The laws that mandate how much you can work and the mandatory times you must come to a stop within a 24-hour period. The public, at large, do not realize that the “hours of service” law is the case for drivers and how it affects their work day. If we were to ask a professional in any career, other than professional truck driver, to only work so many hours and then at the limit of those hours they had to come to a complete stop no matter what, how would that work. I will give just a simple scenario here as an example. What would it look like if it were a doctor? Now, more often than not a doctor, in a busy metropolitan environment, works shifts in a hospital of up to 36 hours straight, with some intermittent naps if possible. In many cases naps are just not always commonly available due to the constant onslaught of patients coming in as emergencies. So, what would most of us do if we, or a loved one of ours, were to be rushed into a hospital emergency room, via a horrible car accident, and the doctor on duty said to us;
“Sorry I really would love to help but the fact is my hours that I am allowed to work have just come up and I am required to either sit here and do nothing or go home and do nothing for the next 14 hours.”
Some of you are thinking that my example here is not a fair comparison. But, what if the freight on a truck were something needed so bad that it might save a life, like medications to a pharmacy or? Of course, the example is not going to be allowed. Such a situation, within the world of medicine directly affecting too much of our society, would never be allowed by private and governmental departments working together to ensure this type of situation remains hypothetical. Yet, the direct and the indirect effects of the trucking and logistics industry touch every one of our lives in the United States and beyond. As I have mentioned, in previous talks, look around in your life, and see if there is anything, be it a product or service, that has not spent some time or have had some connection to being on a truck. 76% of all logistics move on commercial trucks. When it is examined the statistic is that on a daily basis there are 1.5 million trucks on the road looking for a safe place to park and of that need there are only 300,000 parking spaces potentially available.
We know there is an enormous demand for truck parking across the United States and we know that the demand is only going to continue to grow. Yet, the local, state, and federal government offices continue to do research programs and simply stop there. So, then the questions beg as to who will pick up the slack and help move forward. Don’t get me wrong, I am not here trying to blame the government offices across the United States for the truck parking crisis. I am simply trying to bring it out of the dark ages of simply researching a fact, that we all know exists, and then let it end there. I am suggesting that the government offices, state to state, begin to be more open and willing to work with private industry to create the parking facilities that our industry, and the world of commerce and public safety need. It is going to take more than simply knowing the statistical numbers. Those of us in the traffic and logistics industries, including the government departments, know what the statistics are and have been historically and that they will do nothing but grow with increased speed. This is not an epidemic that will be cured by autonomous trucks. We, as a society, as an industry, and as an economy need an answer today and in the near (3 years or less) future. So, what is the answer to this issue?
There is no single quick fix answer to this issue but there is a fact that both sides of the issue must face. I believe, that the government departments at the city, county, state, and federal levels have to get past the simple statistics and look towards working with private companies, that have been in the truck parking space for more than just a few months as an extension of another business. They have to be willing to work with such companies as “Partners” in business. Give tax breaks, give true help for land use zoning, be willing to give government land leases to the companies that are actually in the business of helping and answering the needs of the driver, the freight industry, and the communities they are needed in. I can only speak from our experience in that we have been fortunate enough to be currently working with Washington State DOT, Oregon State DOT, and Nevada State DOT, and private companies like Amazon logistics and how helpful they have been to work towards developing a working relationship that is more than just simple statistics and more of a business relationship. All of our efforts have been in order to achieve a successful outcome for not only the drivers and the logistic companies, but for the economies they are a part of and seek to help.
The truck parking crisis is not something that will go away. The truck parking crisis is not something that will be remedied in one to three years. The truck parking crisis is something that will increase every year with no end in sight for the foreseeable future. The truck parking crisis affects every single one of us in the entire United States and thus will take a “Real” working partnership of government and private industry. As I am writing this article, we are the 22nd day of the United States Government shut down. As a nation, we are beginning to feel, and see, the ramifications of what can happen when one side cannot work with the other side in unison. I believe, and truly hope for our industry and that of the American society, that state and federal departments can begin working hand in hand with private industry to remedy the Truck Parking Crisis.