Trucking's Future


Agenda - 2015

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

11:00 a.m. – noon Registration and buffet lunch
12:15 p.m. Opening Comments

  • Tim Kraus, president and COO, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, welcomes attendees, gives brief remarks and then introduces Mike Reilly.
  • Mike Reilly, chairman, president and CEO, Randall-Reilly, gives brief remarks, thanks sponsors and then introduces speaker
12:30 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Michio Kaku, futurist
1:45 – 2:00 pm Break
2:00 p.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Equipment/Technology
This panel will discuss how equipment will evolve over the next decade to meet changing environmental, safety and infrastructure concerns, including the advent of autonomous trucks, platooning, and larger size and weight limits.
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 p.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Freight Infrastructure
A panel discussion on how the expansion of the Panama Canal, the trend toward larger, fewer stores, shifts in intermodal and even the potential for delivery-by-drone will affect freight patterns over the next decade.
4:45 p.m. Presentation of Successful Dealer Award and closing remarks

  • Jason Cannon, online editor, Successful Dealer 
5:30 p.m. Commercial Vehicle Outlook Reception

Thursday, Aug. 27 2015

7:00 – 7:75 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m. Welcome remarks and introduction of opening speaker/panel
8:00 a.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Workforce 
How will changing technologies affect the labor pool? Will autonomous vehicles solve the driver shortage? What could emerging technologies mean for driver safety and health? How will increasingly complex vehicle systems impact the technician shortage? Our panel will discuss these issues and more.
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Real World Applications
Having heard how equipment, the supply chain and labor markets will be driven by new technologies, this panel, made up of the nation’s most forward-thinking fleet executives, will discuss what will and won’t work in the real world.
11:25 a.m. Closing remarks: Brent Reilly, president, Randall-Reilly
11:30 a.m.  Conference ends: GATS VIP Exhibition Viewing Opportunity
 Noon   Great American Trucking Show opens.