Drone Delivery

Did you place an online order? Well, don’t be surprised if your items are one day delivered by a flying drone right to your doorstep! That’s right, you read correctly, this is not science fiction. Thanks to new advancements in technology, drones like Amazon’s drone model, are able to travel at 50 miles per hour, transporting packages that weigh up to 5lbs straight to your door in 30 minutes or less! Amazon named their new delivery option as “Prime Air,” and predicts that these drones could cut the delivery cost to less than $1 per package. Amazon is currently building and testing its drones in the United States as well as several international countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria, France, and Israel. Amazon’s first drone delivery was completed back in 2016 in Cambridge, London. The delivery drones use GPS systems to navigate and Amazon says they are working to ensure safety through an air traffic management system to map out each individual drone’s flight path. While the technology for drone delivery is already available, due to federal regulations, it still could be quite some time before we actually see drones flying down our street making deliveries. However, if permission is in fact granted for the use of these drones, drone delivery could be a beneficial solution for the ever growing issue of increased consumerism and decreased truck drivers in America. It also could help save fuel, time and money for both produces and consumers. Amazon is not the only company that is experimenting with drones. Companies like Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc, UPS, and even Domino’s pizza are also devising drone models and testing them. So watch out for the flying pizzas and don’t forget to order extra cheese!

Click here to watch Amazon’s first Prime Air delivery back in 2016.

Trucking With Four-legged Friends

At times, the life of trucking can be synonymous with boredom and isolation, especially for long-haul drivers who go weeks and even months without seeing their friends and family. Spending so much time in isolation on the road can cause truck drivers to become depressed and lonely. A great way for truck drivers to feel happier and more enthusiastic about their work is to bring their pets on the road with them. In 2016, The Human-Animal Bond Research Institute did a survey to explore the relationships between pets and their owners. It found that 74% of pet owners reported mental health improvements from pet ownership. Bringing a pet on the job can help truckers deal with stress and experience an overall sense of well-being and companionship. According to Healthy Pets, “Over half of all truck drivers are pet owners and 40% of them take their pets on the road.”

Join in the fun and bring your four-legged friend with you also. Here are a few trucking companies that are pet-friendly and will allow you to take your furry friends on the road; Roehl Transport, LTI trucking services, JB Hunt, Interstate Distributor, and Knight Transportation. Each company has their own rules and regulations in regards to pets onboard so have a look into which one suite you and your pet best and don’t miss out on the great chance to bring your furry friend with you.

Watch this amateur video on YouTube and see just how excited this truck driver’s dog is to go to work in his truck!

Trucks Park Here-Looking For A Parking Space?

Finding an authorized and safe place to park your 18-wheeler has always been a challenge in the trucking industry, especially with the ever-increasing amount of semis on the roads. Now with the HOS regulation being enforced by the ELD mandate, truckers are finding it even harder to find an adequate place to park. The American Transport Research Institution found that truck parking diaries revealed that drivers using ELD devices were more likely to spend over 30 minutes looking for available parking spaces than those drivers without ELD devices.

Trucks Park Here launched at the start of 2019 this year, is an initiative that uses technology to help truck drivers find an adequate place to park. Truck Park Here provides live details of parking availability to truck drivers across 8 Midwestern states. Drivers can receive real-time updates about parking availability through smartphone apps, message boards, and information websites. There are currently 127 parking sites feeding data into the system which equals about 4,500 sensors monitored spaces. Currently, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are collaborating in the project to help provide timely parking information to drivers.

Trucks Park Here is hoping that the initiative will help drivers find a timely and safe solution to parking; thereby reducing the amount of time spent looking for parking spaces. This will, in turn, save money on fuel and wear and tear of the semi, reduce emissions, and prevent accidents otherwise due to driver fatigue and illegal parking.


Click on the link here to visit the Trucks Park Here website and watch the video to see the project in action.

Top Reasons GPS Technology Saves Fleet Managers Money

It’s 2019 and time to make the final switch from AOBRD to ELD devices. Could the GPS technology of ELD devices potentially help trucking companies save money? The answer is YES. Every year thousands of dollars are literally guzzled away in unnecessary idling, aggressive braking, speeding, poor maintenance, and costly insurance premiums. The average operating cost for the trucking industry is about $1.38 per mile and the average total yearly cost of operating a commercial truck comes to $180,000 a year. The GPS technology used with ELD devices can help slash those figures and save you money and time. Let’s take a detailed look into the benefits of using GPS technology in your fleets and how it saves you money.

Reduce Idling to Save Fuel and Maintenance Cost:

As fleet managers, with the help of GPS technology, you have full transparency into when and for how long your trucks are idling. According to the US Department of Transit, “Typically, a long-haul truck idles about 1,800 hours per year, using about 1,500 gallons of diesel. Argonne National Laboratory estimates that in the U.S., rest-period truck idling consumes up to 1 billion gallons of fuel annually at a cost of around $3 billion. Idling also accelerates engine wear and tear. Where manufacturer warranties and maintenance intervals apply to “hours operated” rather than “miles traveled,” the cost of idling is greater than just fuel.” While idling at traffic lights or heavy traffic may be unavoidable, GPS technology can help ensure drivers don’t spend unnecessary time sitting stopped with the engine running and draining away fuel and money.

Stop drivers from speeding and aggressive breaking:

Speeding and aggressive breaking can rapidly drain fuel supplies; thereby causing increased and unnecessary fuel expenses. According to a National Geographic interview with Glen Kedzie from American Trucking Association, “On average, a truck traveling at 65 mph instead of 75 mph will experience up to 27 percent improvement in fuel consumption. ‘As a rule of thumb, for every one mile per hour increase in speed, there is a corresponding 0.14 mpg penalty in fuel consumption,’ said Kedzie.” The GPS technology of ELD devices makes it possible to have a real-time view, 24/7, into the speeding and aggressive breaking habits of drivers. This allows fleet managers to correct negative driving patterns and save money on fuel and wear and tear of the vehicle; as well as promote safety for truck drivers and other motorists on the road.

Cut Insurance Costs:


The use of GPS ELD compliant devices will keep a better check on drivers and improve driver safety. Insurance premiums are currently based largely on CSA scores. ELDs are connected directly to the truck’s engine which allows carriers to monitor driver safety and identify risky behavior that could result in higher CSA scores. Also with the use of GPS technology of ELD devices you can make sure your drivers don’t exceed HOS and thereby eliminate driving violations which would cost your company higher premiums. In addition, the GPS technology of ELD devices can provide the insurance industry with additional data to consider when determining risk models. This can reduce the impact CSA scores have on insurance premiums. Lastly, using ELD compliant devices to monitor HOS and make sure your drivers don’t drive too long without proper rest will ultimately prevent accidents due to driver fatigue and save endless lives and money.

Improve Routing and Driver/Manager Communication:


GPS technology can help make sure your drivers take the most efficient routes, which will help cut fuel costs and time, thereby making your business more profitable. Everyone in the trucking industry knows that time matters when it comes to transporting freight across the country. Through using GPS technology and ELD devices you can make sure that your drivers are on the fastest route possible and avoid traffic jams. It also allows you to communicate with drivers easily and inform them of any changes in routing.

100% Driver Transparency to make sure your drivers are safe, honest, beneficial and profitable:


Managers must keep tabs on their employees for the success of any business, and there is no difference in the trucking industry. In many professions, employees work in a well-monitored environment which helps managers have a better knowledge of their employees’ behavior and accomplishments. With the freedom truck drivers have out on the road for weeks at a time, it’s crucial for fleet managers to have a way of knowing what is going on with their trucks and drivers. According to the FMCSA out of the ten states with the highest average fatal large truck and bus crashes in 2014-2016, 51% of those fatal crashes involved at least one large truck or bus. Fleet managers need to feel comfortable that drivers are safe, reliable, and honest. While this may have not been possible in the past, it is now thanks to GPS technology. Now fleet managers can have 100% driver transparency and monitor all the movements of every vehicle in their fleet 24/7 to make sure their drivers’ performance is safe, beneficial and profitable to the company.

Summary:

The GPS technology is very beneficial to the trucking industry. By using this technology with ELD devices fleet managers can largely cut costs in their companies. Fuel costs can be reduced by omitting unnecessary idling, aggressive braking, and speeding. This will also save fleet managers money on unwanted repairs caused by wear and tear of the vehicles. Also through the use of GPS technology fleet managers can identify risky behavior of drivers and also closely monitor HOS so their drivers don’t receive any violations and don’t drive over time which could cause accidents due to fatigue. This will in turn greatly reduce insurance premiums for fleet managers and ensure the safety of their drivers and other motorists on the road. GPS technology can also be used to direct drivers to optimal driving routes to ensure timely delivery of freight; thereby profiting the company as a whole.

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Cancer “Vaccines” To Treat Cancer

According to Our World in Data, “Every sixth death in the world is due to cancer, making it the second leading cause of death. In 2016, 8.9 million people are estimated to have died from various forms of cancer.” Conventional chemotherapy used in cancer treatment destroys both cancer cells as well as healthy cells. Since years researchers have been working on “vaccines” for cancer treatment that would trigger the body’s natural defenses to destroy cancer cells, and limit damage to healthy cells through injecting a combination of two agents that activate T-cells, a type of immune cell, to attack cancer in the body.

Live Science reports, “In studies in mice with various cancers — including lymphoma, breast cancer, and colon cancer — the treatment eliminated cancer tumors in 87 out of 90 mice, even when the tumors had spread to other parts of the body, the researchers said.” The creation of the customized vaccine can be specific to each patient. First the tumor of the patient must be biopsied, then the DNA should be analyzed and accordingly the vaccine could be produced and sent back to the hospital to be administered to the patient.

It may still be a while before new cancer “vaccines” are available to patients. For now, studies are still ongoing as to how safe and effective the “vaccines” are to humans. According to MIT Technology Review, “In December 2017, BioNTech began a large test of the vaccine in cancer patients, in collaboration with the biotech giant Genentech. The ongoing trial is targeting at least 10 solid cancers and aims to enroll upwards of 560 patients at sites around the globe.”

Watch this YouTube video to see how such personalized cancer “vaccines” is created.

Tesla’s All-Electric Semi

Tesla plans to formally launch its all-electric heavy duty semi-truck sometime this year in 2019 and we may see it cruising down the freeway before we know it. Certain companies as Sysco, Anheuser, Busch, Wal-Mart, Loblaw, Deutsche Post/DHL, and PepsiCo have already placed pre-orders on the truck. Tesla’s electric truck has four motors, up to a 500-mile driving range and some self-driving capabilities. Mega chargers will be available throughout the US to recharge trucks up to a 400-mile range in 30 minutes.

Although the exact price of the electric semi-trucks is not yet confirmed, it’s expected that the cost will be around $150,000 for the 300-mile range trucks and $180,000 for the 500-mile range trucks. Most long-haul diesel trucks cost $120,000. These electric semis could provide many benefits such as reduced costs, increased safety, and help protect the environment by slashing fuel emissions and improving overall maintenance of the trucks.

Some companies feel that due to savings on fuel and better maintenance with Tesla’s electric semis; they could potentially pay back the cost of the truck in a relatively short time and save large amounts of money over the life-span of the truck. According to Reuters, Jim Monkmeyer, President of Transportation at DHL Supply Chain said, “We are estimating that we could have a payback within a year and a half based on energy usage as well as lower maintenance cost….The maintenance savings can be enormous as well. Just because the engines are much simpler in terms of the number of parts, and the complexities of the parts.” According to The Verge, “Tesla claims its all-electric Semi will provide more than $200,000 in fuel savings alone over the life span of the truck.”

In addition to slashed fuel and maintenance costs according to Tesla’s website, another benefit of the electric semi is safety. This ultimately means money saved on insurance costs. The Tesla all-electric semis have some self-driving capabilities such as automatic lane keeping, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning to help avoid collisions with other vehicles. The windshield is made of Tesla Armor Glass to protect the driver in the case of collision. Also in Tesla’s all-electric semis, the driver is positioned in the center to help enhance visibility and control of the vehicle. The driver seat also has a low center of gravity to provide rollover protection. This could mean better driver safety and also reduced insurance costs for fleet managers.

Tesla’s new all-electric semis seem to be pretty competitive in the market with many potential benefits of using electric energy in semis. The all-electric semi-trucks have a potential payback of fewer than two years and can help save money otherwise spent on maintenance, fuel, and insurance costs. The trucks will also help reduce pollution and protect the environment. It’s no wonder so many companies have already pre-ordered their all-electric semi fleets.

Check it out for yourself by watching this YouTube video.

Four Ways Truck Drivers Can Lose Weight

Many truck drivers find themselves gaining unwanted weight due to the sedentary lifestyle of their work and lack of healthy food options on the road. Statistics from the National Institute of Health show that more than 50 percent of truck drivers are obese compared to the national rate of 26.7 percent. Weight gain can also contribute to problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. According to the Obesity Action Organization, “Indicators for risk of hypertension include obesity, abdominal obesity, and weight gain.” They also state that “Being overweight or affected by obesity greatly increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

Studies have even shown that obesity in truck drivers can cause more accidents. According to the NRCME, Healthy Trucking Association of America found shocking results, “’ That’s when the data stood up and shouted at us,’ says Jon Anderson, a biostatistician at the University of Minnesota, who co-authored the study. ‘We found really clear evidence that the highest body mass index drivers are at higher risk of having an accident.’”
So what are some ways truck drivers can lose weight and reduce their risk of disease and accidents? 8 hour rule for truck drivers or say the 34 hour reset for truck drivers also contributes to sitting at one place for an extended period of time leading to weight gain.

Exercise in short breaks

It may seem hard to find time to exercise when you are on the road, especially for long-haul drivers. Most importantly, use whatever little time you do have to get in shape. If you are waiting to be loaded up or unloaded, grab the chance and exercise for a bit. Or even if you just have 10 to 15 minutes at a rest stop, a few times a day, walk briskly, do jumping jacks, or run in place. According to the American Heart Association, you should get 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week, totaling 150 minutes spread out over a week. But those 30 minutes five days a week, can be spread out over 2 or 3 smaller sessions a day. In addition, abdominal crunches and push-ups are two examples of exercises you can do just about anywhere, even inside your sleeper cabin. Blast your favorite music to get enthusiastic and do small 10 min workouts two or three times a day.

Eat Healthily

Eating healthy is essential to losing weight. Avoid fried, fatty and processed foods. Try to eat more fresh foods. Keep a stock of fruits, precut veggies, roasted nuts, and boiled eggs and cheese in your refrigerator or cooler in your truck at all times. This will help you to avoid snacking on junk food while on the road. When you stop at truck stops for meals be mindful as to what you order. Try to eat more proteins from lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, and lentils. Making sure you get enough protein will help you to feel full and not overeat and you will have more energy also.

Reduce Sugar Intake

Sugar intake should also be monitored to help you lose weight. According to Everyday Health, “Registered dietitians and public health officials alike agree sugar consumption is a major cause of weight gain and obesity in the United States, but the link between sugar and weight gain is complex. While natural sugars found in fruits and dairy are healthy as part of whole food, the problem, experts say, is the sugar that’s added to our packaged, processed foods. In addition to containing added sugars, which offer no nutritional value, these foods are usually high in calories and unhealthy fat.” If you have the craving for something sweet opt for fresh or dry fruits. Dates and figs especially are perfect for the sweet tooth. You can also look at health stores for desserts that are sweetened with agave or stevia which will taste good and be good for your body as well.

Stay Hydrated

Studies show that most Americans are not drinking enough water. According to The Quench Survey, “Nearly 80 percent of working Americans say they don’t drink enough water.” Staying hydrated is the key to staying healthy. Our bodies actually depend on water to survive. The human body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove water, and lubricate joints. Staying hydrated can also help us lose weight. Hydration not only boosts our metabolism but also helps us to distinguish between hunger and thirst. We may feel extremely hungry but it might actually be that we are just thirsty. Staying hydrated will ensure that we eat only when we are actually hungry. In addition, studies have proven that drinking a glass of water before a meal can help people avoid overeating and have shown a reduced calorie intake per meal.

It’s essential for drivers’ health and safety to avoid obesity and keep their weight in check. Short periods of regular exercise, eating fresh foods and lean proteins, avoiding sugar, and staying hydrated are the most effective ways for drivers to lose weight even while on the road. With a little cautious decision making and short breaks for 10 to 15 min exercise twice a day it’s definitely possible for drivers to be physically fit even while on the job. A truck driver trip planner app could also prove helpful in planning your day with utmost efficiency. Don’t wait until tomorrow, start today and soon you won’t just look great, you will feel great too!

Mirrorless Trucks


The mirrorless semi-truck, MirrorEye, is an innovation that potentially expands truck drivers’ vision, prevents collisions, improves aerodynamics and saves fuel. How do the mirrorless trucks work? The two large conventional 50 square inch side mirrors of the truck used for rear vision are replaced with an external multi-view digital camera system and an internal two video monitor system; one screen mounted on each pillar of the cabin in front of the driver. The FMCSA has deemed the digital camera system safe or possibly safer than external mirrors and has given Stoneridge, the company that makes them, an exemption from the law that requires the installation of the conventional two rear-vision mirrors in all commercial vehicles.
So what are the benefits of mirrorless trucks? You could gain better FMCSA safety ratings. Stoneridge claims that by eliminating the bulky side mirrors, aerodynamics will be enhanced which results in lower fuel costs by roughly 2 to 3 percent. The driver’s vision of the road is also improved by using digital cameras with three different views, which helps eradicate drivers’ blind spots. It’s estimated that it could expand the driver’s view by up to 25%. The camera system also has overtaking warnings to alert the driver. The cameras even provide clear color night vision and have self-cleaning lenses and heaters to protect them from ice and frost. The expanded vision the cameras offer could significantly reduce collisions with other motorists and pedestrians, making the road a safer place for all. The use of gps telematics by gps tracking for trucking have also proved to keep roads safer.

See for yourself how the mirrorless trucks perform here on YouTube

Self Driving Trucks-The Way Of The Future

Many of us may remember watching the cartoon TV show, The Jetsons, as kids. They rode around in flying cars and lived up in the sky high above the clouds.  As of now, we are still living here on Earth and cars are driving on roads; not flying in the sky.  But there is a new technological discovery that already has vehicles hitting the roads without drivers.  This technology could be especially useful in trying to solve the every growing truck driver demand by creating self-driving trucks.  Several self-driving trucks have already taken test drives across the country, covering thousands of miles, without relying on human drivers.  Using sensors on board as well as machine learning, these autonomous trucks can avoid obstacles and map out their surroundings.  The goal is to manufacture self-driving trucks that can drive themselves on freeways.  However, the autonomous trucks would still need a driver to help get on and off freeway exits, load and unload at shipping docks, and navigate around small cities or towns.  Will self-driving trucks be the way of the future?


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Women’s Role In The Trucking Industry

According to an analysis done by The American Trucking Association, it’s expected that there could be a shortage of 175,000 truck drivers by 2024.  One way to help overcome the truck driver shortage is to recruit more women drivers.  In 2010 only 4.6% of truck drivers were female.  Nowadays, the percentage of female drivers is slowly on the rise.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of January 2019, 6.2% of truck drivers are currently female. Women are steadily becoming more interested in truck driving for several different reasons.  Some are attracted to the ability to work independently on the job and others enjoy the adventures of the road.  Women have also expressed that they appreciate that men and women are paid equally in the industry.  According to CNBC, Ellen Voie, the founder of the non-profit organization, Women in Trucking Association when asked said, “Women and men are paid the same as drivers.  A carrier sets the pay based on mileage, hours or percentage of the load. It is not related to age, ethnicity or gender.” Additionally, there are some trucking jobs available in the industry that don’t require drivers to be gone for weeks together; which are suitable for women who have family responsibilities. Trucking jobs for women can include regional dry van routes, as well as port and rail driving jobs.  These types of trucking jobs allow women to be home every few days and work well for those women with family commitments.
If women are given the support and respect they deserve in the trucking industry, the potential to attract more women to the trucking business could substantially help with the lack of drivers in America.  Watch this YouTube video and find out what it is that women love about truck driving.