October 6, 2023

Uber Freight’s autonomous loads; truckload volumes plunge; FreightTech’s new API – WTT


On today’s episode of WHAT THE TRUCK?!? Dooner is talking about a massive plunge in outbound tender volumes nationwide. What’s causing it? A bad market, the UAW strike or Ozempic?

Uber Freight and Waabi are teaming up on autonomous loads with a new 10-year deal. Waabi’s Dustin Koehl talks about drivers-as-a-service robotics and how that will factor into digital brokerage services. 

The Scheduling Standards Consortium announced the achievement of a landmark milestone — the publication of its technical standard for developing scheduling APIs for transportation management systems. Now that it’s live, Raj Subbiah at Uber Freight and Chirag Modi at Blue Yonder get us up to speed on how it works.

Booking per-load insurance has historically been time-consuming and frustrating for motor carriers and freight brokers, so Reliance Partners and McLeod Software have teamed up to streamline the process. Per-load shipper’s interest insurance is now integrated directly with McLeod. Reliance Partners’ Mark Vickers tells us everything we need to know.

Josh Gonzalez co-founded a freight company in one of the worst markets in history. We’ll find out why this Amazon alum is bullish on his new trucking company, TJG Logistics. 

Plus, why Georgia police got a semi; emergency alert snitches on the Amish; bad trucking investments; and why you should always wear a hardhat. 

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