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10/20/2017 06:59 AM
Trucking ignores technology at its own peril

The headline above comes courtesy of John Larkin – managing director and head of transportation capital markets research for Stifel Capital Markets – who made that comment to illustrate a key issue now facing truckers large and small; whether one likes or dislikes technology, be it automated manual transmissio

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10/20/2017 06:37 AM
Endurant automated transmission: A league of its own

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10/20/2017 05:53 AM
WABCO introduces new safety technologies
Plans to show off new blind spot detection system and electronic brake interlock at American Trucking Associations annual meeting next week.

Commercial vehicle component supplier WABCO is bringing two new safety systems to market that can be ordered for new trucks and trailers as well as retrofitted to existing equipment.

The first is OnSide, a radar-based blind spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers – a system WABCO said provides a 160-degree field of view and coverage for up to 65% of a standard 53-foot trailer.

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10/20/2017 05:50 AM
Blockchain in trucking: What about the middlemen?
In trucking, blockchain technology could ensure better asset utilization and help the industry more accurately forecast and predict volumes.

It’s no mystery how freight gets moved from point A to B every day. It takes a shipper, a carrier, and often times several intermediaries in between. But what about a future where those intermediaries – or middlemen – might become irrelevant and disappear?

Enter blockchain technology.

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10/20/2017 05:00 AM
QuikQ introduces new fuel payment card and programs
New fuel card and merchant’s agreements with three truck stop chains add to its offerings.

QuikQ LLC is adding to its full-service fuel payment offerings, adding a fuel card and merchant agreements with truck stop chains Love’s Travel Stops, TravelCenters of America, and Pilot Flying J.

Those new merchant agreements, combined similar deals previously hammered out with independent truck stops, give QuikQ a nationwide footprint for its fuel card program, the company said.

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10/20/2017 04:00 AM
Chevin starts to roll out new FleetWave user interface
Fleet Owner Staff
Management software to get a new look that company says will improve system while retaining functionality.

Chevin Fleet Solutions, a global provider of fleet management software, just launched the first phase of its new user interface development for its flagship FleetWave product. 

FleetWave is used to simplify fleet, driver and maintenance management – from the financial overview of vehicles and equipment to policy and supervision of drivers, technicians, and shops.

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10/20/2017 03:49 AM
New CV report from Wards
The report examines statistics on trucks in service today and breaks out the data across various operating categories.

Sources for truck and trailer sales are plentiful, but an accurate accounting of utilization by fleet size and location, by gross vehicle weight class, by age and by brand had never existed, until a just-released report erased this information gap.

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10/20/2017 03:00 AM
Yokohama Tire names new VP of marketing
Fleet Owner Staff
Andrew Briggs promoted to new VP position; Fred Koplin retires as senior director

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) has promoted Andrew Briggs to the newly created position of vice president of marketing & product management. 

Briggs, who will report to Jeff Barna, YTC’s COO, replaces Fred Koplin, senior director of marketing and motorsports, who retired.

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10/19/2017 06:34 PM
Ford recalls F-150, Super Duty trucks for possible door problem

Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall for certain 2015-17 F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles sold in North America, and some 1.3 million of the trucks are affected. The problem is that a frozen door latch or a "bent or kinked" actuation cable could result in a door that won't open or close.

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10/19/2017 02:11 PM
Light trucks, vans wielding influence on future mobility

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10/19/2017 12:53 PM
Biketoberfest limits trucks to fuel-and-go
Fleet Owner Staff

Thousands of motorcyclists are converging on the Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach area this weekend, Oct. 19-22, for Biketoberfest. So Love's truck stop in the area is limiting truck access. 

Daytona Harley Davidson (DHD), next door to Love’s Travel Stop in Ormond Beach, is a major participant of the annual motorcycle event and rally. DHD’s involvement causes unusually high traffic volume in and around the area, and Love’s can only allow trucks to fuel-and-go.

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10/19/2017 09:03 AM
Hyliion to begin production of hybrid electrification system
The 6X4HE system offers fuel savings and lower emissions, company says.
Hyliion said it will begin production next month of its hybrid electrification system for heavy-duty trucks.

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10/19/2017 07:08 AM
From mechanical to smart devices: Trucking's one-way street
Eaton-Cummins joint venture's new Endurant automated transmission follows industry's biggest trend
MARSHALL, MI. The all-new flagship heavy duty transmission that's come from Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, the Endurant, is "like what you're seeing across our industry — mechanical devices are all becoming smart devices." And in more ways than one, that transition in trucking to smart, connected devices that once upon a time were mechanical things is a one-way, no-turning-back proposition.

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10/19/2017 06:44 AM
Geotab registers ELD with FMCSA

Geotab announced its electronic logging device (ELD) solution, Geotab Cloud ELD, is now registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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10/19/2017 06:38 AM
Vehicle Tracking Solutions offers module to improve driver safety

Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS) has recently deployed an additional module to its Silent Passenger Fleet Management GPS platform: SP Driver Score Card.

The enhanced SP Driver Score Card is specifically designed to help fleet operators increase their profit, improve driver safety and reduce vehicle maintenance costs. Through the SP Driver Score Card configuration wizard, a proprietary algorithm allows fleet managers to monitor what they deem most important within their specific organization.

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10/19/2017 06:33 AM
Motiv to power all-electric L.A. garbage trucks
Zero-emission trucks to have enough power for a full day of residential garbage and recycling routes.

Coming off a recent announcement on California’s first all-electric refuse vehicle (ERV) heading to Sacramento, Motiv Power Systems’ is deploying two zero-emission refuse trucks to the City of Los Angeles.

As a continuation of a demonstration project funded by the California Energy Commission, these Class-8 ERVs use the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain to drive a Crane Carrier chassis, with an automated side-loader body built by Amrep.

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10/19/2017 06:19 AM
Machines may soon get better preventative care than people

Here’s a fun thought for the day: with all the advances being made in remote diagnostics and maintenance algorithms for trucks, cars, bulldozers, and other motorized equipment, it’s becoming increasingly likely that machines are going to be receiving far better “preventative care” than us humans in the very near future.

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10/19/2017 06:06 AM
Omnitracs, Samsung deliver ELD solution to trucking
Joint solution enables fleet owners and managers to improve safety, productivity and data security from a Samsung mobile device, the companies note.
Omnitracs announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics America Inc. to help the transportation industry address the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) mandate.

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10/18/2017 09:58 AM
Visiting the IFDA distribution solutions conference

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10/18/2017 08:09 AM
ATRI: Driver wages and benefits outpaced lower fuel costs in 2016
Key line items in ATRI study include declines in fuel costs from 2015 and increases in driver wages and benefits.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its 2017 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.

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10/18/2017 07:36 AM
Shorter trailer trade cycles may result from new food safety rules
Yet fleets may also save money by speeding up replacement cycles, too, argues one trailer leasing specialist.

Refrigerated motor carriers may need to rethink their trailer trade cycles in light of new food safety transportation rules that went into effect this past April, argued Don Drum, vice president of customer solutions for PLM Trailer Leasing, during a presentation at the 2017 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) co

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10/18/2017 06:54 AM
Gabriel adds ride-control products for 62 more vehicle models

Gabriel Ride Control is adding 11 different product lines for 62 different vehicle models, the company announced this week.

This year, Gabriel is adding new models to its ReadyMount Fully Loaded Struts, Max ControlTM Shocks, ProGuardTM Shocks, Load Carrier Shocks, Top Mounts, and HiJackers Shocks. Also, Gabriel is adding new models to four of its UltraTM lines: Ultra Struts, Ultra Shocks, Ultra Cartridges, and Ultra Spring Seats.

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10/18/2017 06:48 AM
National Fleet offers new loading ramps

National Fleet Products, a North American supplier of loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, is offering new versions of its WM System Loading Ramps.

Designed as a low-cost, maintenance-free alternative to hydraulic liftgates, WM System ramps are suitable for a wide array of vehicle applications, including everything from vans to box trucks to class-8 trailers and service and delivery vehicles of all types.

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10/18/2017 06:46 AM
Is technology causing highway fatalities?

We’ve often written of the improving safety performance of trucks after participating in a live demonstration, or sitting through a presentation on connectivity.

So, it comes as a bit of a surprise that overall highway fatalities rose in 2016 to a decade-high of 37,461.

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10/18/2017 06:36 AM
Driver iQ service provides truck driving school records
New database makes training records on new drivers available to carriers and provides credits for driving schools.

Driver iQ announced it is offering access to Truck Driving School Records. According to the company, this offering will allow carriers to access driving school records as part of the pre-employment screening process.

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10/18/2017 05:25 AM
Six ways to prepare your fleet for winter

Frigid temperatures and harsh winter conditions are hard on any vehicle, especially fleet vehicles that are on the road for 10 to 12 hours a day. Performing routine maintenance will help fleet managers avoid emergency repairs and costly downtime during the coldest months of the year.

Before snow falls and temperatures drop, prepare your vehicles for the season with this maintenance checklist.

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10/18/2017 04:37 AM
ELDs remain a top fleet issue. But managing costs and traffic congestion are up there, too.

An annual survey compiled by global software provider Teletrac Navman finds (unsurprisingly) that compliance with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is one of the biggest concerns of U.S. fleets at this point in time – although most of the larger ones, operating over 100 pieces of equipment, expressed the “highest confidence” in meeting the mandate’s December 18 deadline.

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10/17/2017 10:02 AM
Ozark offers new driver pay package
Family-owned carrier increases both cents per mile and accessorial pay for its linehaul, team, and regional drivers.

Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., a family-owned ground transportation services company based in Memphis, TN, is putting a new pay package in place for its drivers; increasing both cents per mile and accessorial pay.

Starting rates for linehaul drivers under the new pay package are 41 cents per mile for drivers with less than a year of experience all the way up to 46 cents per mile for drivers with five or more years of experience, with pay now topping out at 48 cents per mile.

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10/17/2017 08:32 AM
Anheuser-Busch, Convoy expand relationship
Beer firm credits start-up for creating capacity, raising wages, and cutting empty miles.

Anheuser-Busch announced an enhanced multi-year agreement with Convoy, making the technology start-up the “trucking service provider” for shipments.

Anheuser-Busch has already been using Convoy for some on-demand beer shipments. The companies were recently profiled on CNBC during a real-time delivery.

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10/17/2017 07:36 AM
InTu Mobility introduces Diesel I.O.
New diesel engine technology eliminates aftertreatment problems, reduces downtime, maintenance costs, and increases fuel efficiency, company said.

InTu Mobility launched its new DIESEL I.O. Intelligent Optimization solution for heavy-duty diesel engines. The launch of Diesel I.O. is taking place this week at The Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas.

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