How Long-Haul Trucking Works

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Ruslan Sivak
Ruslan Sivak Өдрийн өмнө
fewer stops, not less stops
rubber ducky
rubber ducky Өдрийн өмнө
Wait so truckers get paid 35 cents per mile but it costs 40 cents per mile for diesel, wut?
adam cassar
adam cassar Өдрийн өмнө
I live in Australia and I have not head of any trucking companies buying or using electric trucks yet. They would be very expensive to buy. And since you have to pull several tonnes of weight you would certainly need more batteries to supply the energy needed to do this than you would in an electric car. Again with the severe shortage of public charging points for electric veliches in this country they will be hard pressed to find one! And then you will have to wait for the batteris to be recharged which would take several hours for sure! So the truck driver will lose plenty of money while he waits for the batteries to recharged. And then Electric veliches can only go about 400 km before they need to be recharged again. And also about 80% of the power in Australia still comes from coal. so if you have to recharge 10 times to get from perth to sydney how long would the trip take you assuming there were recharging stations along the way. Maybe 20 days! compared to the 4 or 5 days current trucks take! These facts put a big hole in the argument that eletric trucks will happen any time soon!
dknowles60 2 өдрийн өмнө
60 mph avg. not when hauling steel. very few trucks have the 500 plus hp to do it. also need a 70 mph truck and most trucks dont get that speed
Fin .Reilly
Fin .Reilly 3 өдрийн өмнө
These videos are utter nonsense. Most I've watched have outrageous stats and facts that are a million miles off the truth
Agent Milton
Agent Milton 3 өдрийн өмнө
I disagree with all attempts to make trucking hands free and all that electric crap. It's fine how it is now, if we keep going soon we'll be making clones of ourselves so we don't have to get out of bed. We're becoming a lazy world, instead of making everything controlled by robots just get off your ass and go to fucking work. I hate this electric stuff.
harshit shah
harshit shah 4 өдрийн өмнө
Truck trains! Pog!
The Scrambler
The Scrambler 6 өдрийн өмнө
I will sabotage any autonomous truck I see until I get caught and sent to prison 😂
B Nap
B Nap 7 өдрийн өмнө
I’m allowed to work for 16 hours or more as an auditor, unlimited hours. Some colleagues worked from 8am to 4am and started next workday 4 hours later. Even though our job is infinitely more stressful than trucking.
Mister Hat
Mister Hat 9 өдрийн өмнө
Bleh... Another VPN shill.
Fido Lost
Fido Lost 9 өдрийн өмнө
LOL. This documentary doesn't get any better when I try watching it again. It's quite oversimplified. 1. Teamed driving--even if drivers are married--is still not easy or indeed even possible after 32 to 48 hours on the road. You cannot get any decent sleep. It doesn't work. Period. 2. Self-driving or completely autonomous driving is never going to be permissible on ANY public roads, highway or city. People will sabotage the auto-driving vehicle and nudge it into the ditch or worse yet, a concrete railing. They simply don't GAF. And that's especially true if they're running late to a work site and some robotic monstrosity is blocking their progress. You know this will happen. You know it. 3. I can see the emergence of some sort of Uber micro-freight logistics. Because OTR trucking is longer a lucrative career. And the accident rates involving long haul trucks are skyrocketing. The long haul truck might get phased out entirely. And replaced by some sort of small van with tandem drive axles. 4. There are no highly refined amenities at truck stops. Far from it. They might have a few snacks and soda drinks. The showers are reportedly g-r-o-s-s. Dental facilities? Please, bro.
TheLongDark 10 өдрийн өмнө
The technology for self-driving trucks is not as close to "ready for prime-time" as people think. We're at least fifteen years away from even thinking about legislating for unoccupied autonomous trucks. Source: I'm a business analyst for a logistics company. We aren't getting rid of truck drivers any time soon.
Chinamon 17 өдрийн өмнө
Yes let’s see a computer calculate what door there suppose to go too out of hundreds of them and give yard shacks there paper work and back a truck between 2 trailers with 1 1/2 in on each side
kelly shima
kelly shima 20 өдрийн өмнө
In South africa truckers drive for 24 hrs
Caleb Holt
Caleb Holt 20 өдрийн өмнө
I don't doubt that they're going to automate trucks and they're in the process of doing that right now I want you to think about something how many decades has the airline industry had autopilot and I haven't heard anything in the history books about the massive layoff a pilots and it would be far easier to automate the freight trainsbut there's no freight train Network in the world in any country has been automated so I want you to think drivers parts and railroad engineers their job is more than driving and flying
ROICvsWACC 20 өдрийн өмнө
10:10 Tesla’s Semi may cut the energy costs by half but it’ll need to recharge often. So, I guess unless they develop tech to charge as fast as it takes to fuel up, Tesla trucks’ll be slower for long-haul (500 mile range vs avg OTR truckers doing ~700miles/day)
ROICvsWACC 20 өдрийн өмнө
That convoy system will not be a big part of total trucking. How many people will need convoys of trucks all coming from one exact place to another.
lawnboy1898 22 өдрийн өмнө
Me, a trucker, watching this video: *interesting*
Delta-xFish 23 өдрийн өмнө
We need more freight rail :)
an ia
an ia 27 өдрийн өмнө
sueannzeiger 28 өдрийн өмнө
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A1 Driver
A1 Driver Сарын өмнө
Half of what he's saying makes no sense. This will never happen for 75% or more of trucks on the road. A load from NY to LA would cost $550. Great, every company will be willing to spend $400,000 dollars or more on one of those trucks to make $1000 per week, maybe. That doesn't include break downs, repair costs, insurance, etc. This stuff is a joke. It won't happen for a long time yet, if ever.
A1 Driver
A1 Driver Сарын өмнө
In Canada we can drive 13 hours and have a total of 14 but if we take a 2 hour break somewhere with in our day, it extends our time to 16 before needing a minimum of 8 off.
Brian James
Brian James Сарын өмнө
Truck drivers are a divorce courts BEST friends.
Shawn Walker
Shawn Walker Сарын өмнө
Before these autonomous trucks take the road they had better fix most of these dam roads first !! Oh yeah sensors cant read a road with snow on them.
Mordecai Oesterle
Mordecai Oesterle Сарын өмнө
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Mac Nachten
Mac Nachten Сарын өмнө
I'd like to sit back and watch that autonomous truck leave the freight yards in downtown LA and make it to a warehouse in the money says with the way four wheelers are towards trucks it won't make it to the LA city limits before the computer has to explain to a cop why it was in a six car pile up!
Mo Bandz
Mo Bandz Сарын өмнө
This is the dumbest idea ever it’s like a train ? Humans will always be needed to deliver certain loads some roads are bad
Eman Hamed
Eman Hamed Сарын өмнө
Hmmm, if only we could make a road only for automated heavy vechiles, oh lets link each haul with another, oh let's make the engine at the front. make it stop to pick passengers maybe? oh there is something like that already? WHAT?? trains? what is that?
Tommy P.
Tommy P. Сарын өмнө
Electric trucks won't work. (With current or near future technology) Prove me wrong but battery powered trucks will never (in the near future) be able to go 1500 miles on a full battery, stop for 10 minutes to recharge, then go 1500 more miles and not break a sweat. All while pulling 44,000 pounds.
Michael Ong
Michael Ong Сарын өмнө
Brakes not breaks; fix your captions
Bob Kruz
Bob Kruz Сарын өмнө
Great video but company off on the .35/cpm pay to driver .. that was maybe the pay back in 2012
Bendigo Сарын өмнө
There are still companies paying that. Even less.
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Doc Dat
Doc Dat Сарын өмнө
Nuclear power selfe driving trucks are cheaper in fuel and also wouldn't need a driver
୨ ୧
୨ ୧ Сарын өмнө
I was expecting to learn about the scheduling and logistics of long haul transport. Misleading title.
meh Сарын өмнө
I hope Boeing is in charge of self driving trucks. >.>
Benjamin Mondi
Benjamin Mondi Сарын өмнө
When you play American Truck Simulator you'll certainly understand everything here..
Aneesh Sharma
Aneesh Sharma Сарын өмнө
Autonomous trucks, who is going to buy them. The companies certainly won't maintain large fleets.
Logan Grosbeck
Logan Grosbeck 2 сарын өмнө
No an environmental burden while running the truck because of DEF systems they use urea to cut emissions
anelisa just anelisa
anelisa just anelisa 2 сарын өмнө
Guys they freelance trucks in America????? What the fuck, is everyone a gig worker there😭😭 no wonder your working class is so mistreated, how do you unionize a nation of freelancers?
Bendigo Сарын өмнө
Unions suck.
dubspol 2 сарын өмнө
Tesla makes bs claims all the time, still not buying their amazing energy efficient semi trucks claims
Wade Rattray
Wade Rattray 2 сарын өмнө
Wow America doesn’t so poorly compare to us in Australia
Lawford Hill
Lawford Hill 2 сарын өмнө
you do not know anything about trucks so don't come and talk about truck when you know nothing about trucks there's no driver out here working 35 cents a mile you crazy going rate is 60 send per mile or 30% of whatever the load pays
Bendigo Сарын өмнө
There are several larger companies still paying low 30cpm.
jman1948 2 сарын өмнө
4:16... wait a minute I was just at that intersection today....
Bararo 2 сарын өмнө
The 'convoy system' looks just like a less efficient train xD
虎神营政委 2 сарын өмнө
In China truck drivers usually have dogs to help keep gas from being stolen by highway thieves.
D C 2 сарын өмнө
CEO of Volvo Trucks Europe admitted successful driverless trucks were decades away.
TTNM HP 2 сарын өмнө
“The logistics of long-haul trucking”
Michaell Tobiass
Michaell Tobiass 2 сарын өмнө
Imagine having to merge onto the highway while there’s a convoy next to you.
Trevor S
Trevor S 2 сарын өмнө
This is why driving in states with55mph suck you pay per hour goes down vs going 75 mph like majority of other states Edit I don’t see how there gonna get truckers to set in a truck for free lol that’s basically what he said.
Kevin Reppenhagen
Kevin Reppenhagen 2 сарын өмнө
It's sad when you recognize the various truck stops pictured. Autonomous trucks are still a long ways off. Just look at the airline industry. The planes pretty much fly themselves and have for years and years but they still have 2 pilots behind the controls ready to intervene when needed. Not to mention all the other things drivers do to keep everything working properly. Although driving takes up 90% of our time it's only 10% of what we do. As for Electric trucks it will take quite some time to make that a reality (at least OTR). The infrastructure just isn't there. Unless they create a way to just swap out batteries in roughly the same time it takes to fuel up or charge while we drive it's just not going to happen. Doubt charging while we sleep will ever be feasible either. You'd need to add power to every single parking space which will be a nightmare. Just more things that will get hit and destroyed. Not to mention finding a parking/charging space will be even harder than just finding a parking spot. Most nights I don't even spend at the truck stops/rest areas. Usually on some side road or patch of dirt close to shipper/ reciever just like many others. Will they install charging stations there as well? Yeah I don't think so.... Definatly wouldn't work for a team....
Aidan Berard
Aidan Berard 2 сарын өмнө
Autonomous convoys? That just looks like a train with extra steps.
Tak1 2 сарын өмнө
I highly doubt we will see autonomous trucking in snowy winter conditions in a near future.
martin alvarado
martin alvarado 2 сарын өмнө
replace swift drivers with self driving trucks , that would be a great start😂
Jennifer Sissons
Jennifer Sissons 2 сарын өмнө
Several driverless trucks with a human upfront ? Isn't that called a freight train? Make the railways work better.
travelfox721 2 сарын өмнө
I hope these geniuses who wants make everything Autonomous realize the law of supply and demand. A monetary loss to the consumer is also a loss to the supplier.
Producer K
Producer K 2 сарын өмнө
More job loss coming... great, just what we need.
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Kelly Malcolm 2 сарын өмнө
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royal crown towing
royal crown towing 2 сарын өмнө
Puncture a tyre on an autonomous truck in the middle of the desert then loot the load when it stops. also they will be targets of law suits crash for cash and road pirates
gillis Gil
gillis Gil 2 сарын өмнө
They want everything free wow free
CMDR Deusjensen
CMDR Deusjensen 2 сарын өмнө
Good video but saying that self driving trucks are nearby is absolute bullshit
izayoi.f9 3 сарын өмнө
trucks also connect this world and other worlds isekaied
Tom Six
Tom Six 3 сарын өмнө
Auto drive cars yes auto drive semis no, do you want an 80k missile behind a bus, when the computer messes up and they can’t even get a truck gps right and there’s too many variables
Luc Eurlings
Luc Eurlings 3 сарын өмнө
In europe pay by the hour
speilerjunge 3 сарын өмнө
these trucks are visible any many countries you only see American trucks&roads
SEMIretired 3 сарын өмнө
I could never sleep while the truck I'm in is rolling on a highway without a driver behind the wheel.
Danny Ratchev
Danny Ratchev 3 сарын өмнө
what a bunch of LIES !!! So Tesla trucks will use 2kWh per mile. Shal we do the math please or you think we are all IDIOTS !!! One galon of disel is rafly 40kWh Sooooooo tesla trucks will do 20 miles per galon HA HA HA what a joke, but stuped gulubul publick belive in this crap !!! Moder trucks do 7-8 miles/galon and even LESSS sooooo good luck ha ha ha But hey tesla to the moon ha ha ha What a PONZI.
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Henrique Machado Moreira 3 сарын өмнө
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Brenton Basker
Brenton Basker 3 сарын өмнө
I highly doubt we are close to autonomous long haul trucking
Alejandro Fernandez
Alejandro Fernandez 3 сарын өмнө
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Screamin' Jimmy
Screamin' Jimmy 3 сарын өмнө
Let us see an autonomous rig back into a dock. I'll wait...
trash hauler
trash hauler 3 сарын өмнө
I love how retard number actually driven a truck think that they know what's going to happen in the industry Number one I don't know anybody that's making 35 cents a mile Number 2 you will never have Self driving trucks until you get rid of people driving completely You cannot have people driving on the same highway a self driving trucks the accident rate would be arendas . And what persei Do you think is going to happen when hackers start hacking these trucks
mazzith 3 сарын өмнө
A lot of the newer semis get 7-8MPG and the battery on a Tesla semi will be so large that it will eat into the weight allowed to be transported. As for one truck driver leading a convoy that sounds great on the freeway but with the trailer swings on turns and going through traffic lights this would get very tricky. The hardest part of the autonomous truck will be who is liable for the accidents as the carrier would want to blame the manufacturer. Lastly the window conduct company went out of business. Everyone is using APU bows seeing we get a 500lb exemption for it. I’m speaking from someone who has been a driver for 21 years now.
Trenton Nutma
Trenton Nutma 3 сарын өмнө
we drove across canada but for a little bit we crossed into the states and we have gone to many of those stops just in a motor home not in a truck
Nic Gascon
Nic Gascon 3 сарын өмнө
164,000 pounds in michigan? No wonder our roads are shit
Art Stone
Art Stone 3 сарын өмнө
There are a lot more expenses to hauling that hypothetical $550 truck from LA to New York. The truck wears out (.24/mile), tires wear out(.03/mi), insurance(.05/mi), unloading the cargo (lumper fees), tolls(.02/mi), state licensing, mechanical inspections, repairs. Refrigerated trailers will still need diesel fuel. States already are imposing per mile fees to replace the fuel excise tax (probably $.07 per mile). So even with a no driver, electric truck, there are about an additional $.40 per mile missing from this estimate, somewhere around $1,000 more
Bendigo 3 сарын өмнө
Probably more considering the cost of batteries, electronics, carbon fiber body parts etc. Ohh plus the cost of electricity to recharge them.
Ramboi 3 сарын өмнө
Autonomous driving trucks is far, I would say even cars - at least fully
Mikki Car
Mikki Car 3 сарын өмнө
if robot do all work,who will buy what robot produce?Truck drivers cost,but they spend money.No truck driver,food stops will be closed,people will be loseing jobs
Greg Warner
Greg Warner 3 сарын өмнө
Autonomous truck convoys are already here. They are called freight trains. Human driven trucks are enough of inconvience and/or hazard on the road. The dreeam of driverless trucks may be good for trucking company stock value but I don't care about that. I care about open expressways uncluttered by a flock of slow trucks tag teaming passes on a two lane freeway. The companies are worried about hiring new drivers. How about free training and decent wages? Maybe enough time off to know your family. I had a chance to join the Teamsters fifty years ago. I looked at what it would cost over the long run and politely declined.
craigslistrr O
craigslistrr O 3 сарын өмнө
Truckers will become obsolete when driving becomes predictable.. Right up there with roads, construction, weather and life. One must ask themselves, at what point does the truck sacrifice 80,000 of freight to miss the person in the road? or does the truck just run over the person because the laws of physics wont allow to save both?.. and do we really want antonymous software to decide this for us?
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xxboon is bad fortnitexx 3 сарын өмнө
Keep on trucking 10-4
Giorgos Cypresshill
Giorgos Cypresshill 3 сарын өмнө
1:02 american truck with euro trailer
B M 3 сарын өмнө
Before ELD it was in till you was tired ahhh I miss my paper log book
Ariady Putra
Ariady Putra 3 сарын өмнө
Wait, an average trucker gets 35cents per mile, while the cost of diesel is about 40cents per mile. What's going on here?
lee mceachern
lee mceachern 3 сарын өмнө
Self driving trucks will take over once my printer stops giving me a error code.
oyvey 3 сарын өмнө
14 hrs in Australia
Leif Sverre Gimre Håland
Leif Sverre Gimre Håland 3 сарын өмнө
It will take the industry many decage to come befor that is real, now they are mostly focusing on comfort for the driver and to reduce fuel per km. And here in Norway it is only 500 new truckers a year but the norwegian truck companies need 1000 new drivers a year
Michaell Tobiass
Michaell Tobiass 3 сарын өмнө
10 cents per kWh in the US is crazy. In Germany energy costs almost 4 times that with an average price in 2019 of 37 US cents per kWh.
plazmixz 3 сарын өмнө
I just noticed, but the US is ran by truckers, every single thing in a store, to your own home was at least once in a truck
Bendigo 3 сарын өмнө
You got it! There is a saying here: if you bought it a truck brought it .
Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey 3 сарын өмнө
This has been an insightful video for me. My grandfather is 69, lol, and spent most of his years as a truck driver. He has hundreds of stories and even had to certain jobs or else👀
Timothy Earp
Timothy Earp 3 сарын өмнө
As a driver I think this video skips over many of the duties of a driver. We are often put in a weird security guard status, ensuring that freight stays safe and untampered between shipper and receiver. Drivers also keep shippers honest because shippers sometimes cheat and load heavier loads than the bills reflect, which could be an issue when they are already loading trucks to their capacity. Weather is a major reason to keep drivers in the trucks, especially if trucks get electrified because the range with bad weather will become an issue and being able to navigate a snowstorm is also a problem for a computer that can't chain the tires or see the road though an Icey windshield
Shane Drew
Shane Drew 3 сарын өмнө
In this day and age of unemployment, we seem intent on making the lines longer, not shorter. Personally, I'm not keen on the idea of autonomous vehicles. I'd rather a human with emotion behind the wheel than a robot that has no ability to reason.
Bendigo 3 сарын өмнө
Detroit is a perfect example of how automating jobs to save money can destroy an economy.
Trucking Adventures
Trucking Adventures 3 сарын өмнө
The UK has 9hrs drive time with 2x 10hrs drives per week. Working hours can range from 10hrs to 15hrs
Bendigo 3 сарын өмнө
U.s. 14 hour total time per shift, 11 hours max drive time. 30 minute break after 8 hrs of drive time. 60 or 70 hours total on duty time in 7or8 days respectively.
Rachel Roberts
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Bendigo 3 сарын өмнө
Yeah it was good morning to you guys are doing the best we could be almost as soon after all.
Tom pain
Tom pain 3 сарын өмнө
He forgot about bunk heaters. They heat the cab, without idling, while the driver is sleeping.
Eam Scn
Eam Scn 3 сарын өмнө
Autonomous convois just seem like trains with extra steps
Hendrikus Scherphof
Hendrikus Scherphof 3 сарын өмнө
5:10 hope Elon Musk is watching
spitchill 3 сарын өмнө
Driverless trucks are not going to happen anytime soon.
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