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Why Allowing Driverless Trucks on Public Highways is Still More Than 10 Years Away

Why Allowing Driverless Trucks on Public Highways is Still More Than 10 Years Away

Truck With Driver

Driverless trucks have the potential to deliver a number of important commercial and societal benefits, but don’t expect to actually see one on the open highway any time soon.

The commercial arguments in favor of the technology are persuasive. One of the key arguments is that driver shortages, a problem that has dogged the trucking industry for many years, would no longer be an issue if vehicles were automated. Eliminating human drivers would also free the industry of hours of service regulations and improve the utilization of our roads because automated control systems support denser traffic flows. Read More…

Why Trucks Will Uncouple from Human Drivers Sooner than You Think

Why Trucks Will Uncouple from Human Drivers Sooner than You Think

Driverless Truck

The driverless truck is no longer a fanciful idea that will materialize in some future world. The technology has advanced rapidly over recent years, and I believe that we’ll see these automated vehicles on our highways in the near future. Here’s why.

When demand for a product or service outstrips supply, new technology often bridges the gap. For example, in the early days of the national phone system, the only way that the demand for capacity could be met was to phase out human operators and automate calls by adding dials to phones. Today, a shortage of human drivers is a major constraint on trucking. Automating the driver role solves this problem and creates more capacity. Read More…

Guest Post: Collaboration the Key to Unblocking Megacity Streets?

Guest Post: Collaboration the Key to Unblocking Megacity Streets?

Mega-Cities

Picture a truck delivering product in a traffic-choked megacity and physical obstacles such as a maze of one-way streets come to mind. But hindrances like these are manifestations of a more fundamental problem: constantly changing traffic regulations.

How do companies overcome regulatory speed bumps in sprawling urban areas where government is highly fragmented and the movement of passenger vehicles often takes precedence over freight flows? Read More…

- Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
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Guest Post: Megacities are the New Logistics Frontier

Transportation in congested cities

Delivering freight in a large, congested city such as Boston, U.S., with an estimated population of 636,000 people, is no easy task. But imagine the obstacle course that confronts drivers in São Paulo, Brazil, with a population of 20 million people. The central municipality of São Paulo alone has 11 million inhabitants, enough to qualify it as a megacity (cities with populations in excess of 10 million are generally defined as megacities). Read More…

- Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
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Four Critical Steps to Improve On Time Delivery Performance [Infographic]

How to correct missed delivery times

What is the most common cause of on time delivery failures? Transportation-related snafus often get the blame, yet in many cases there is relatively little data on the root causes of missed delivery deadlines. Digging deeper into the issue will help reveal the true cause – and assist in developing the correct solution.

It is everyone’s interest to fix these problems (shippers, carriers, customers). Sub-par performances in this area add cost, lower service levels, and generate unnecessary friction between trading partners. Read More…

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