CCJ Daily Dispatch, Nov. 18: Goodyear to provide tires to autonomous tech firm TuSimple

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Updated Nov 19, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020:

Goodyear to supply tires for autonomous developer TuSimple
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced a strategic relationship with autonomous trucks developer TuSimple to provide tires and tire management services to TuSimple’s Autonomous Freight Network.

As part of the collaboration, Goodyear will provide products and repair services to TuSimple trucks. Additionally, the two companies will conduct tire wear studies designed to better understand how autonomous trucks and tires can help better predict maintenance, understand tire longevity and reduce the carbon impact of fleets.

Data from the study will also provide insights into the difference between an autonomous and human driver when it comes to tires.

“With our leadership in products, fleet support and advanced innovations, Goodyear is applying knowledge to help deliver performance and safety with autonomous vehicles,” according to Erin Spring, Goodyear’s director, new ventures.

150-truck carrier increasing driver pay
CoreTrans, a 150-truck fleet based in Somerset, Kentucky, recently announced a new pay program for drivers that allows them to earn up to 53 cents per mile, as well as added home time options.

Under the new pay plan, drivers can receive anywhere from 47-53 cents per mile based on their years of experience while team drivers can earn 71 cents per mile. CoreTrans still offers weekly home time, but drivers will now have the option of a 12-2 schedule, which gives them 48 weekend hours off after every 12 days of working. New drivers to CoreTrans will also be eligible for the company’s $5,000 sign-on bonus, which pays out during the driver’s first nine months of employment.

In addition to the new pay, CoreTrans offers $500 paid orientation; health, dental, vision, and life insurances; 401k and paid vacation; 100% no-touch freight; no forced dispatch to New York City; and pet and rider policies. Drivers can also increase their income with the company’s $3,500 referral bonus and .5 cpm raises every six months with no cap.