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Prime Mover Magazine


A current affair

At the time of print – almost a week after we’ve been to the ballot box – a winner of the Federal Election is still not in sight and the Prime Minister is reluctantly admitting that there is a “level of disillusionment with politics” in Australia that has been widely underestimated.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all: The August edition of Prime Mover is the first ever magazine we’ve had to complete in a political vacuum. At the time of print – almost a week after we’ve been to the ballot box – a winner of the Federal Election is still not in sight and the Prime Minister is reluctantly admitting that there is a “level of disillusionment with politics” in Australia that has been widely underestimated.

While that doesn’t make all too much of a difference for the magazine per se, it does have a distinct impact on the commercial road transport industry at large – and with it all of us. One pressing concern is the future of the recently abolished Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), for example. Even though the controversial body is now history, the debate around a minimum driver pay scheme is still very much top of mind for many in the trucking community – and they will be looking for certainty on the topic before planning ahead for the 2016-17 season.

With that in mind, we have retraced the often-confusing RSRT debate for our current edition and added some expert analysis to the mix that may help predict the future of Australia’s most polarising government body – even though a definite prognosis will not be possible before the last vote is counted and a new Cabinet announced.

A topic of equal scope and political explosiveness is autonomous driving. US highway safety officials are currently investigating a second crash of a Tesla vehicle that may have been operating on the brand’s pioneering self-drive autopilot technology – prompting a fierce debate on the maturity of the technology and a possible implementation timeline. To put it into perspective and give you a taste of our extensive three-part autonomous driving special coming up in Q4, we spoke to US data science expert, Russell Shields, and compared his more humble view on the topic with Daimler’s ambitious innovation schedule.

With such an unprecedented degree of uncertainty hovering above the industry, it only seemed fitting to introduce you to a fleet that has managed to find a healthy balance between day-to-day business and the kind of innovation mind-set needed to succeed in an increasingly disrupted logistics environment. Deeply entrenched in the local community, Evans Transport is a family business with a distinct technological edge that enables it to survive and thrive even if political leadership is temporarily unavailable.

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