How Long-Haul Trucking Works

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  1. Bob Kruz
    Bob Kruz
    20 uur geleden

    Great video but company off on the .35/cpm pay to driver .. that was maybe the pay back in 2012

  2. Jack Nugent
    Jack Nugent
    3 dagen geleden

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  4. Doc Dat
    Doc Dat
    4 dagen geleden

    Nuclear power selfe driving trucks are cheaper in fuel and also wouldn't need a driver

  5. ୨ ୧
    ୨ ୧
    5 dagen geleden

    I was expecting to learn about the scheduling and logistics of long haul transport. Misleading title.

  6. meh
    7 dagen geleden

    I hope Boeing is in charge of self driving trucks. >.>

  7. Benjamin Mondi
    Benjamin Mondi
    9 dagen geleden

    When you play American Truck Simulator you'll certainly understand everything here..

  8. Aneesh Sharma
    Aneesh Sharma
    13 dagen geleden

    Autonomous trucks, who is going to buy them. The companies certainly won't maintain large fleets.

  9. Logan Grosbeck
    Logan Grosbeck
    19 dagen geleden

    No an environmental burden while running the truck because of DEF systems they use urea to cut emissions

  10. anelisa just anelisa
    anelisa just anelisa
    20 dagen geleden

    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?

  11. dubspol
    20 dagen geleden

    Tesla makes bs claims all the time, still not buying their amazing energy efficient semi trucks claims

  12. Wade Rattray
    Wade Rattray
    20 dagen geleden

    Wow America doesn’t so poorly compare to us in Australia

  13. Lawford Hill
    Lawford Hill
    20 dagen geleden

    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

  14. jman1948
    21 dag geleden

    4:16... wait a minute I was just at that intersection today....

  15. Bararo
    22 dagen geleden

    The 'convoy system' looks just like a less efficient train xD

  16. Hao Lyu
    Hao Lyu
    23 dagen geleden

    In China truck drivers usually have dogs to help keep gas from being stolen by highway thieves.

  17. D C
    D C
    24 dagen geleden

    CEO of Volvo Trucks Europe admitted successful driverless trucks were decades away.

  18. TTNM HP
    29 dagen geleden

    “The logistics of long-haul trucking”

  19. Michaell Tobiass
    Michaell Tobiass
    Maand geleden

    Imagine having to merge onto the highway while there’s a convoy next to you.

  20. Trevor S
    Trevor S
    Maand geleden

    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.

  21. El Globo
    El Globo
    Maand geleden

    I want some McDonald's right now

  22. Kevin Reppenhagen
    Kevin Reppenhagen
    Maand geleden

    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....

  23. Aidan Berard
    Aidan Berard
    Maand geleden

    Autonomous convoys? That just looks like a train with extra steps.

  24. Tak1
    Maand geleden

    I highly doubt we will see autonomous trucking in snowy winter conditions in a near future.

  25. martin alvarado
    martin alvarado
    Maand geleden

    replace swift drivers with self driving trucks , that would be a great start😂

  26. Jennifer Sissons
    Jennifer Sissons
    Maand geleden

    Several driverless trucks with a human upfront ? Isn't that called a freight train? Make the railways work better.

  27. travelfox721
    Maand geleden

    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.

  28. Producer K
    Producer K
    Maand geleden

    More job loss coming... great, just what we need.

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  30. royal crown towing
    royal crown towing
    Maand geleden

    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

  31. gillis Gil
    gillis Gil
    Maand geleden

    They want everything free wow free

  32. CMDR Deusjensen
    CMDR Deusjensen
    Maand geleden

    Good video but saying that self driving trucks are nearby is absolute bullshit

  33. izayoi.f9
    Maand geleden

    trucks also connect this world and other worlds isekaied

  34. Tom Six
    Tom Six
    Maand geleden

    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

  35. Luc Eurlings
    Luc Eurlings
    Maand geleden

    In europe pay by the hour

  36. speilerjunge
    Maand geleden

    these trucks are visible any many countries you only see American trucks&roads

  37. SEMIretired
    Maand geleden

    I could never sleep while the truck I'm in is rolling on a highway without a driver behind the wheel.

  38. Danny Ratchev
    Danny Ratchev
    Maand geleden

    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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  41. Brenton Basker
    Brenton Basker
    Maand geleden

    I highly doubt we are close to autonomous long haul trucking

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    Alejandro Fernandez
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  43. Screamin' Jimmy
    Screamin' Jimmy
    Maand geleden

    Let us see an autonomous rig back into a dock. I'll wait...

  44. trash hauler
    trash hauler
    Maand geleden

    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

  45. mazzith
    Maand geleden

    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.

  46. Trenton Nutma
    Trenton Nutma
    Maand geleden

    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

  47. Nic Gascon
    Nic Gascon
    2 maanden geleden

    164,000 pounds in michigan? No wonder our roads are shit

  48. Art Stone
    Art Stone
    2 maanden geleden

    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

    1. Bendigo
      2 maanden geleden

      Probably more considering the cost of batteries, electronics, carbon fiber body parts etc. Ohh plus the cost of electricity to recharge them.

  49. Ramboi
    2 maanden geleden

    Autonomous driving trucks is far, I would say even cars - at least fully

  50. Mikki Car
    Mikki Car
    2 maanden geleden

    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

  51. Greg Warner
    Greg Warner
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  52. craigslistrr O
    craigslistrr O
    2 maanden geleden

    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?

  53. xxboon is bad fortnitexx
    xxboon is bad fortnitexx
    2 maanden geleden

    Keep on trucking 10-4

  54. Yuri Sulay
    Yuri Sulay
    2 maanden geleden

    1:02 american truck with euro trailer

  55. B M
    B M
    2 maanden geleden

    Before ELD it was in till you was tired ahhh I miss my paper log book

  56. Ariady Putra
    Ariady Putra
    2 maanden geleden

    Wait, an average trucker gets 35cents per mile, while the cost of diesel is about 40cents per mile. What's going on here?

  57. lee mceachern
    lee mceachern
    2 maanden geleden

    Self driving trucks will take over once my printer stops giving me a error code.

  58. oyvey
    2 maanden geleden

    14 hrs in Australia

  59. Leif Sverre Gimre Håland
    Leif Sverre Gimre Håland
    2 maanden geleden

    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

  60. Michaell Tobiass
    Michaell Tobiass
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  61. plazmixz
    2 maanden geleden

    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

    1. Bendigo
      2 maanden geleden

      You got it! There is a saying here: if you bought it a truck brought it .

  62. Robert Bailey
    Robert Bailey
    2 maanden geleden

    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👀

  63. Timothy Earp
    Timothy Earp
    2 maanden geleden

    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

  64. Shane Drew
    Shane Drew
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

    1. Bendigo
      2 maanden geleden

      Detroit is a perfect example of how automating jobs to save money can destroy an economy.

  65. Trucking Adventures
    Trucking Adventures
    2 maanden geleden

    The UK has 9hrs drive time with 2x 10hrs drives per week. Working hours can range from 10hrs to 15hrs

    1. Bendigo
      2 maanden geleden

      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.

  66. Rachel Roberts
    Rachel Roberts
    2 maanden geleden

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      2 maanden geleden

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  67. Tom pain
    Tom pain
    2 maanden geleden

    He forgot about bunk heaters. They heat the cab, without idling, while the driver is sleeping.

  68. Eam Scn
    Eam Scn
    2 maanden geleden

    Autonomous convois just seem like trains with extra steps

  69. Hendrikus Scherphof
    Hendrikus Scherphof
    2 maanden geleden

    5:10 hope Elon Musk is watching

  70. spitchill
    2 maanden geleden

    Driverless trucks are not going to happen anytime soon.

  71. K Maxx
    K Maxx
    2 maanden geleden

    With ALL the computers, GPS, cell phones.....there is NO LONGER ANY reason to have truckers go more than ONE day away. SWAP the trailers, make the RETURN trip.

    1. Bendigo
      2 maanden geleden

      Thats a good idea on paper and in concept but in reality things go wrong and timing every load to get to its destination on time would be much more difficult than didicating one driver per load. There are a lot of companies that do that tho. Just not every load.

  72. stokki88
    2 maanden geleden

    halving the cost of fuel, but doubling the initial cost of purchase probably, longer downtime to 'fuel' up. your calculations aren't fair

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    Cy2k Cy2k
    2 maanden geleden

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  74. richardj ellis
    richardj ellis
    2 maanden geleden

    🤔🤔I'd love to see this autonomy on the Dalton highway 🤔😂😂.

  75. richardj ellis
    richardj ellis
    2 maanden geleden

    🤔🤔 It'll soon be legal to have your dog take the second shift, as long as it's trained to wake you up in the event of an emergency 🤔😂😂.

  76. richardj ellis
    richardj ellis
    2 maanden geleden

    I guess, this is why your trains are SO DAMN LONG.!😂!.

  77. richardj ellis
    richardj ellis
    2 maanden geleden

    Trucks have diesel generators.! There's no need to have the truck idling all night. Plus, it's not good for any engine to idle for long periods of time.

  78. richardj ellis
    richardj ellis
    2 maanden geleden

    🤔🤔Get a massive bed, but then only carry plastic bath ducks😂😂

  79. richardj ellis
    richardj ellis
    2 maanden geleden

    I'd say the country with the highest amount of trucks per whatever, is probably the U.S, and this is say is because of the shape and size of it, and the fact that you can't sail around it very quickly/easily.

  80. Carl Larsen
    Carl Larsen
    2 maanden geleden

    as a retired truck driver, i wonder how fueling would work for that autonomous truck going from LA to NY

  81. Coach Walrus
    Coach Walrus
    2 maanden geleden

    I’d rather pay reasonable rate and my friends keep their jobs. I’m sure Bezos is so excited to pass savings on to us too. This will get worse without presidents like Trump

  82. Evan_Day_2020
    2 maanden geleden

    You forgot about carhollers,tankers,and flatbeds well the trucks looks the same the money the make, the distance they go, the way they get paid, and how many people are in the cab is all different. A carhaller can not work by itself because the driver has to load and tie down the cars, and dellerships wont want to pay for to train someone to do it

  83. Alejandro Cabrera
    Alejandro Cabrera
    2 maanden geleden

    I thought trains moved more freight considering that they move up to 100 wagons while a truck can only move 1 or max 2 wagons.

  84. Tommy Simmons
    Tommy Simmons
    2 maanden geleden

    Meanwhile trucks have to be 80,000 pounds going over steel and concrete bridges, while a box car weight is 250,000 pounds times 100 train cars go over wooden bridges. Never understand that one,oh wait money!

  85. Tommy Simmons
    Tommy Simmons
    2 maanden geleden

    Going up the hill was I-24 near mount eagle

  86. RJ Drive
    RJ Drive
    2 maanden geleden

    I drive a type of truck that I think is simply not possible to replace with autonomy. Farm feed deliveries in rural Norway. Last winter I had to use wheel chains a total of 86 times, and still sometimes barely make it to delivery with a 50 ton÷ rig. The weather can change completely over short distances, from dry roads to mud or hard ice. I challenge any robot to take my job.

  87. Ian Lahn
    Ian Lahn
    2 maanden geleden

    Let's say your statistics on the self driving electric truck are correct the theoretical "savings" would never be passed down to consumers or shippers because the entire trucking industry is nothing but greed. So lose lose either way because once you factor in the higher cost of your autonomous electric truck (a cost that no trucking company will eat) your NY to LA trip will actually end up costing more

  88. hbarudi
    2 maanden geleden

    I am against long distance shipping on a common route by truck when the train is an available option the truck simply have to make ends meet on both sides of the long trip. Train is more fuel efficient than the truck and if more companies use the train, it will minimize traffic congestion on the roads. Unless they need fast shipping which can be done by a cargo flight.

  89. Moon Pigeon
    Moon Pigeon
    2 maanden geleden

    Who remembers that law where truckers couldnt smoke in their cab lol wtf lol

  90. vignesh g
    vignesh g
    2 maanden geleden

    This is an explicit impact of choosing Lobby based unchecked capitalism over long term good The caravan of trucks with one "mechanic"/ human , if this sounds familiar , its what is called a freight train . America chose to privatize railway and tracks and nationalize roads. Thus tracks are not there everywhere . it has an expanse like Russia , china. India ,etc. All these chose to keep both nationalized . Thus can with limited inconvenience switch . Plus trains can be made more economical & have lesser carbon footprint , because the govt and scale works to its advantage . As the PPP and fiscal advantages shrink for USA , long per economics suddenly become important . Classic case of short term gain of selected individuals over long term societal good . A country where one arm tries to cut the other for more nutrients makes the whole body weak .

  91. Greg Wallace
    Greg Wallace
    2 maanden geleden

    autonomous trucks will never work...(pipe dream)......As a trucker there are way to many variables. The people wanting to make trucking autonomous obviously have never driven a truck.

  92. Aldo Vergel de Dios
    Aldo Vergel de Dios
    2 maanden geleden

    Would love to see a video of your view on Biden's build back better infrastructure goal and his appointment of Buttigieg as transportation secretary

  93. Madtrack
    2 maanden geleden

    Or build a massive conveyor belt.

  94. Barry Klinedinst
    Barry Klinedinst
    2 maanden geleden

    When the so called smart trucks start running over families on our highways they will beg the truckers to come back.

  95. Alejandro Fernandez
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    3 maanden geleden

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  96. John Gullo
    John Gullo
    3 maanden geleden

    So will a self driving truck repair itself when mechanical problems come up?

  97. Davey Deuce
    Davey Deuce
    3 maanden geleden

    How about instead of getting rid of millions of jobs of hard working Americans we figure out how to use artificial intelligence to get rid of all these crooked bastards in Washington.

  98. Eric Liu
    Eric Liu
    3 maanden geleden

    “One driver will sit behind the wheel in the lead truck, and a series of driverless autonomous trucks will follow” - the next Fast & Furious movie heist script is writing itself lol

  99. SangoProductions213
    3 maanden geleden

    RIP. Yeah. We all got hit with the news about Tesla's scam. I don't blame you.

  100. trollpro30
    3 maanden geleden

    Those convoys will take forever to form. Imagine the traffic issues