Archive for May, 2016

Otto is a company working to put systems in trucks so the vehicles can go on auto-pilot while the driver naps or performs other tasks. Three trucks have already been outfitted with the technology, and went through the first test this weekend in Nevada, according to an Associated Press story.

Now, the company is looking for truck drivers to volunteer to have self-driving kits installed in their cabs to “fine-tune” the technology.

Do you think this technology would be great for the industry? The American Trucking Association hasn’t decided yet, according to the story.

Would you want to drive on a highway with a self-driving truck?

See the technology in action in Otto’s YouTube video.

8K4A9313Justin Peffer is the BAT Logistics’ Top Dog for April! He was selected by his peers and management for his consistent hard work throughout the month.

Team members noted he stays late to make sure everything gets done, goes above and beyond to help others, and always works hard and continues to stay busy no matter what.

“I couldn’t do it without the best team in freight,” Peffer said. “Trust me, I don’t know all the answers, but there’s about four or five people in here who can help solve problems for me quickly.”

His award included a $50 gift card. He has been working at BAT since February 2015.

 

Top Dog April

Intermodal transportation has several benefits for companies, but it also benefits our environment. Many businesses are including intermodal transportation as part of their plan to be more green, according to CSX’s “A Focus on Sustainability.”

CSX states that one intermodal train can take 280 trucks off the road. An opinion piece in Inbound Logistics stated that trucks emit about 19.8 pounds of carbon dioxide per 100 miles, while trains emit 5.4 pounds.

If you are interested in a greener supply chain, contact one of BAT’s representatives.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (3)Diesel fuel prices climbed about 15 cents over the past month to an average $2.266 a gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. The prices are about 7 cents more than a week ago, when diesel fuel averaged $2.198 a gallon.

The average price is still about 59 cents less than it was a year ago this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.