Landing and launching terminals for autonomous trucks getting closer

Driverless trucks likely will be in limited use on some U.S. interstates as soon as late 2024. How they will be maintained between trips is a growing focus for their software developers.

Aurora Innovation appears to be farthest along in preparing for inspections, fueling maintenance and automated landing and launch of autonomous Class 8 trucks. An unremarkable frontage road location in Palmer, Texas, south of Dallas is being transformed into a terminal capable of doing for autonomous trucks those things they cannot do themselves.

Aside from driving, that is pretty much everything.

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3PLs surpass retailers in big warehouse leases

For the first year on record, third-party logistics providers in 2022 leased more big-box warehouse space in North America than any other sector, according to a CBRE report published last week.

3PLs accounted for 41% of all lease transactions at traditional warehouses and distribution centers with at least 200,000 square feet in 2022. Retailers and wholesalers, the previous leader, came in second at 31.5% of leasing share.

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Truckers take government to court over electronic logbook mandate

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit over a new regulation announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requiring electronic logbooks, known as ELDs.

“This rule has the potential to have the single largest, most negative impact on the industry than anything else done by FMCSA,” said Jim Johnston, OOIDA President and CEO. “We intend to fight it with everything we have available.”

FMCSA announced the final rule last week that mandates the use of electronic logbooks for all interstate commerce in trucks that are model year 2000 and newer.

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