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CFR Classic Discusses Electric & Self-Driving Trucks

CFR Co-owner, Christoph Seitz, discusses with VONIGO electric and self-driving trucks and their possible effects on the shipping and moving industries. CFR recently purchased five Tesla Motors electric semi-trucks and is at the forefront of this shift in the industry.

“Consumers are becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of letting a car do the driving for them. As the technology behind driverless cars improves, there’s one question many people begin to ask. When will 18-wheelers begin to adopt this technology?

It is a very logical question. After all, big rig trucks account for 5% of all traffic on U.S. roads and 10% of the miles driven. And despite the specter of drone delivery looming large, trucking is still the king when it comes to American freight. The distance between it and the next closest competitor (trains) is enormous. Finally, the vast majority of miles on a trucker’s route are on major freeways and interstates, which are, generally speaking, the easiest driving environments for self-driving vehicles to navigate.

So, with all that being said, are we going to start seeing self-driving trucks in the future? The answer is no… because we’re already seeing self-driving trucks right now, in the present. Just last month, Sweden announced it had been testing a self-driving electric truck on public roads. They will continue to test through 2020.”

 -Christoph Seitz

Read more: How Electric and Self-Driving Trucks Will Affect the Moving Industry.

Joey has spent his entire teen and adult life in cars. Joey's father owned a Jeep store, and Joey had his own used car lot that he ran himself from age 22 until I was 30. At 30 years old, Joey got "out of" the car business and joined CFR Rinkens. Joey started when there were only 9 people at CFR, but the company grew to over 150 employees during his time there. When Joey started, CFR Rinkens was shipping about 40 vehicles per week from Los Angeles. Joey established locations in Houston, Miami, and New York and within the first year, CFR went to shipping 150 cars per week. Joey started as a customer service rep and later moved up to sales manager, operations manager, and marketing manager. Joey then moved to Europe for two years and spent the entire time traveling through Europe meeting with clients. In 2022, Joey and his partners purchased CFR Classic from CFR Rinkens and he returned to California to watch over the operation more closely.

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