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Trucking rates have fallen back to 2017 levels, but costs have not

Chart of the Week: Average hourly wages – Transportation and Warehousing, Maintenance cost per mile, DAT Van Freight Rate Index – National (SONAR: EARN.TPWH, MAINT.VCF, DATVF.VNU )

“The longest freight market bull-run in over a decade is over as spot rates have fallen back to where they were two years ago. The problem presented to many carriers is that many of their costs have not. In this week’s chart, comparing wage and...

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Ford, Walmart in Group Developing Last-Mile Robots

Human-like robots that can move across sidewalks and climb stairs are on the way to neighborhoods, and they are looking to track down humans. But this scenario is not from the latest sequel to “The Terminator.”

This two-legged, two-armed robot, named Digit, is being produced by the Ford Motor Co. and Agility Robotics of Oregon and is seeking to deliver goods to consumers. Ford is partnering with Walmart, Postmates, and Agility to perfect the robot’s ability to make final-mile deliveries.

DOT Proposal on HOS Rules Slated for June Publication

After months of public comments and listening sessions, the DOT plans to ease HOS rules while still focusing on driver safety.

Some 18 months after the ELD mandate changed the trucking industry, drivers and fleet managers might get a regulatory reprieve. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to unveil new, more flexible hours-of-service rules in early June, according to a regulatory report posted by the department on...

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