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Shifting to Automation: Discussing the impact of Truck Platooning & Autonomous trucks

Assuming you are in the trucking industry since you are reading this blog post, you likely have seen tons of articles and commentary on truck platooning, self-driving trucks and autonomous trucks. It often seems like these terms are used interchangeably, but there are quite big differences.

To clarify the different terms and describe their potential impact on Bison Transport and our industry as a whole, I dove into these topics with Trevor Fridfinnson, Bison's Chief Operating Officer.

We cover a lot of information, but we focus on these questions: 

  1. What is truck platooning?
  2. What is the difference between truck platooning and autonomous trucks?
  3. What are the 5 levels of autonomous trucks?
  4. How will truck platooning and autonomous trucks impact professional drivers?
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Tagged with: Truck Platooning, Autonomous Trucks, self-driving trucks

The ELD Mandate: The Hard Truth for Professional Drivers

There was a day when prospective drivers would call us and hang-up once they found out that we were 100% on ELDs, and had been since 2014. Those days are long behind us. Despite last minute attempts to thwart the ELD mandate, most people have accepted that ELDs are moving forward. Even ELDs are delayed, which is unlikely, many people agree that their implementation is inevitable. 

To speak about the hard truth of ELDs and how they impact professional Drivers, I sat down with Marius, a Company Driver and In-cab Instructor, and Rob Penner, our President & CEO, and previous Driver right here at Bison.

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Tagged with: ELD Mandate

Happy National Trucking Week 2017!

Do you know the faces of trucking?

For National Trucking Week 2017, we wanted to recognize and show our appreciation for all of the amazing people that work in the trucking industry. The trucking industry is a bit of an unsung hero in the sense that many people don’t think about all of the parts involved in getting goods to their destination.

These are just a few of the many people who make sure the supply chain doesn’t break, who keep our economy strong, and make sure the things you need arrive on time and safely. Happy National Trucking Week to all professional Drivers and all of the support staff!

There are many people to thank for the success of today's trucking industry. If you know someone that is behind the wheel, turns a wrench, or works behind the scenes, thank them today for their dedication! 

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Tagged with: #HappyNationalTruckingWeek

#ShowUsYourToolbox Contest

Calling all Technicians! We know that technicians can be particular about how they arrange their toolboxes to make things functional, but also fun and personalized. Some of our Technician’s toolboxes sport photos of their family, some house a radio, and some are meticulously organized.

To enter the contest, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

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ATA Shares Update on 'Out-of-Service' ELD Enforcement

Here is a quick update on the ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) regulations coming into effect December 18, 2017, specifically how the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) will handle 'Out-of-Service' violations.

On August 28, 2017, CVSA issued a letter to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to confirm how the inspectors will be handling this new regulation. The inspectors will begin issuing citations for tractors operating without ELDs. They will not begin putting tractors out of service until April 1, 2018. This will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers, and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new ELD requirement with minimal disruption to the delivery of goods. These citations will affect a carrier's CSA score.

We have compiled some resources for you to learn more about ELDs and this recent update:

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Tagged with: ELD Mandate

Dude... where's my load? Bison Transport provides Total Transportation Transparency

In a world where information is available, quite literally, at the tips of our fingers, Bison knows our customers expect immediate access to timely and accurate information about their shipments. We monitor trends and actively drive inefficiency out of our business through technology and process improvement. Our leadership – and our dedication to providing total transportation transparency – makes a difference for our customers and their bottom line.

Every aspect of our business is optimized by our use of technology, and many of our customized applications have been developed in-house by our Systems team to suit our customer’s needs. We are ready and able to provide our clients with customized solutions that utilize technology to bring efficiency, provide timely information, and drive out cost. 

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Tagged with: Business, Technology, customer care, customer service, i-tools

Bison Strives for Total Transportation Transparency Through Trailer Tracking

Bison Transport is an “early-adopter” when it comes to technology. This investment helps to increase efficiencies, and save time and money, benefitting both our customers and our driving and non-driving staff alike. 

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Tagged with: Trailer Tracking

Don't Stop Believin': Bison improves our business with 4DX 3.0

In a competitive industry that faces constant change, we are challenged by our customers to create efficiencies, both in our business and theirs. 

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Tagged with: 4DX

#CountTheBison: the best summer road trip game around!

Move over, Punch Buggy! Bison has a new summer road trip game for you and your family. 

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So, you think you can drive distracted?

Whether you are a professional truck driver or just part of the general motoring public, distracted driving is probably something we've all done, likely even without thinking about it.

Some common examples of distracted driving are when you’re heading down the highway and your phone buzzes: it’s your spouse, texting to see when you’ll be home. So, you mindlessly type a quick reply back. Or, your stomach starts to growl an hour into your trip to the cabin, and you remember you’ve got a bag of chips in the back seat – so you reach around and grab it, thinking nothing of it. But, both of these are examples of distracted driving, and it’s not safe.

It’s easy to think “it won’t happen to me”, or, “this is just a quick text”. But, collisions can happen very quickly, even to safe drivers. So, that's why we set out to debunk the myth that you can drive while distracted and still drive safely.

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Tagged with: Safety, Distracted Driving

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