America’s massive trucker shortage and why it’s only getting worse

trucker shortage

The biggest issue is a problem of supply and demand.

Drivers don’t like big rigs on the highways because of their intimidating size and slow speed. Semis are absolutely vital to moving goods around the country. But, the US is on the road to a major trucking crisis. A recent analysis from Business Insider finds that we aren’t producing nearly enough new drivers to fill all the needed seats. By 2022, the shortfall could reach 239,000 people.

 

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Top 10 Futuristic Vehicles

Top 10 Futurist Vehicles

MMR25 by Mitsubishi Motors

Today’s list is the future. From wild wheels to perfect seats to flying cars, this is the way we’ll be crashing into each other when tomorrow rolls around. Are you ready for that?! Are you ready to do some amazing flips, twists, and the all important barrel roll? Drop the back on in! (Pics)

 

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Transformers Style Truck

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Optimus Prime no Optimus Slime

Trains are the most efficient way to move lots of big stuff over land, but the rail lines don’t always go to where the goods need to be. With a special combination wheel design that can quickly convert from rail to road use, the Chiron transporter looks like something Optimus Prime would use when moving house. But by eliminating the need to shift the container over to a truck for the final leg of its journey, the Chiron is designed to save a lot of time and energy. Continuing the green theme, the Chiron’s power is supposedly generated by an ‘algae fuel cell’, although no further information about how this wondrous power plant actually works is given. From the picture, it looks like the Chiron also works on good old fashioned electrified lines. Continue reading… “Transformers Style Truck”

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100 Mile Per Gallon Plug-In Hybrid Van

100 Mile Per Gallon Plug-In Hybrid Van 

A spinoff from the Rocky Mountain Institute, Bright Automotive, has developed a 100-miles-per-gallon plug-in hybrid.

Last week, Bright Automotive, a startup based in Anderson, IN, unveiled a plug-in hybrid utility van designed to travel 50 miles on half a gallon of gasoline. The company plans to start producing the Idea vehicle in large volume by the end of 2012, and it hopes to sell 50,000 a year starting in 2013.

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Weird New Truck to Take Over When Detroit Fails

Weird New Truck to Take Over When Detroit Fails

 Yes, it was indeed hit with an “ugly stick” but sometimes ugly is cool

We found this compact pickup truck, Barkan Design’s Counter Balance buried way in the back of the New York International Auto Show. There was nobody there to talk about it, and it was barely on the show floor, but it was clear that this is a prototype that somebody wanted to show to the world. It’s certainly like no pickup truck we’ve ever seen. (Pics)

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Introducing The Blade Runner

 Introducing The Blade Runner

50% bus, 50% truck, 50% train

The British company Silvertip Design has created a concept vehicle, which is a cross between a light rail and a bus. The Blade Runner concept aims to reduce traffic congestion and is a dual-mode vehicle concept. The unique feature of the Blade Runner is that it is equipped with both road wheels and retractable rail wheels. So it can switch between driving on roads and railway tracks. (Pics)

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Triton 1000, Very Expensive Private Submarine

Triton 1000, Very Expensive Private Submarine 

 Triton 1000

It is always great to own a yacht and have those parties by the deck. However, after a while, the yachts just get, well, monotonous and you need something more exciting. That is when U.S Submarines comes to your rescue. They have developed a sub for 2 people. Called the Triton 1000, it is lightweight, and can function as an additional feature to your existing yacht.  Continue reading… “Triton 1000, Very Expensive Private Submarine”

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