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September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Russia’s Comtrans Show Reflects Improving Truck Market

Daimler, which has a 15% stake in and a 50/50 joint venture with the Russian truck maker Kamaz, is aiming for higher market share in Russia. Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Russia’s Comtrans, the largest truck and transportation exhibition in Europe this year, showed off nearly everything offered on the Russian market for five days earlier this month in Moscow.

Tags: Russia, Events, Global

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Beyond Electric and Natural Gas

Director of Fleet Procurement Mike Casteel says UPS has “a lot of experience with propane autogas,” including running over 2,000 propane-powered package cars in the U.S. and Canada. iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

Electric and natural gas vehicles are the most well-known alternatives to diesel, but here’s a look at other alternative fuels that may be in the running for certain truck applications.

Tags: Biodiesel, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, DME, Renewable Diesel

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

 A policy of “opportunity charging” that has drivers putting trucks on charging devices during lunch, breaks and other downtimes is a key component in keeping the trucks’ state of charge high for longer periods of time. Photo: Orange EV

By Jack Roberts

Calculating recharging times, driver training and overcoming “range anxiety” were just a few of the topics covered at an electric truck panel discussion at TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TMC, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Share Best Practices on Implementing New Technologies

TMC panelists Bill Brown, Colin Crowley, Peter Savage and Deryk Powell outlined what they’ve learned as more and more fleets struggled to adopt new technologies and make them work effectively. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Looking at technology as a problem-solver first can go a long way toward its successful deployment in real-world fleet operations. A panel discussion at TMC's Fall Meeting offered real-world advice.

Tags: TMC

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Hurricane Harvey the Lead-in to Something Significant in Trucking?

By Jonathan Starks, FTR

It’s apparent that people are working very hard in Houston, because the spot market trucking statistics are showing strong positive moves, in some cases to levels above pre-storm benchmarks.

Tags: Texas, FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Hurricane Harvey

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fast-Tracking Technicians

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The TechSpedite program teaches technicians how to do the job not just from a technical perspective but from a personal and professional perspective too, explains Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her September column.

Tags: Maintenance, Training, Technician Training, Hiring, Technicians

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Fleets are Using Solar Power

Canada’s Groupe Robert is using six solar panels and four deep-cycle batteries to keep drivers comfortable and batteries charged. Photo: Groupe Robert

By Deborah Lockridge

Solar panels have moved off building rooftops and onto trucks, tractors, and trailers.

Tags: Solar Power, Batteries, Solar Charging, Solar Panel

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: A Truck Dealer Talks About Industry Challenges

Jodie Teuton

By Denise Rondini

Jodie Teuton, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana, spoke with HDT about how issues facing truck dealers are impacting fleets as well as shares her thoughts on the challenges dealers face today.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, Dealers

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Some Fleets Still Like Natural Gas

Ryder’s Scott Perry sees an 800-pound gorilla named California at the fuel pump, which could eventually help drive up sales of natural-gas vehicles. Photo: Ryder

By David Cullen

Some fleets opt to run on natural gas instead of diesel, a decision fueled by one or more key influences.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Other Shortage - Heavy-Duty Technicians

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The shortage of able technicians is going to bite us if we don’t find a fix. In fact, it already is, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Employee Retention, Technicians

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electric Trucks: Zap in the Pan?

By Jim Park

Electric trucks are coming to market on the strength of their lack of tailpipe emissions. But can trucking get over the cost, weight, and range hurdles?

Tags: Toyota, Mitsubishi Fuso, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Could Tesla Solve EV Range Issues With Battery Swapping System?

Tesla has filed a patent for a hoist system capable of swapping out electric vehicle battery packs in less than 15 minutes. Image via Tesla

By Jack Roberts

Tesla filed for a patent on a high-speed battery replacement system for electric vehicles that would quickly swap out a spent battery with fully charged one. Could this be the key to solving charging time and EV range issues?

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Can Autonomous Trucks Help You Attract Fresh Talent?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

We tend to shake our heads and roll our eyes at the breathless coverage in the mainstream and tech media about “driverless trucks”. But there’s one good thing about all this coverage: It’s helping to make trucking look “cool”, says Editor In Chief Deborah Lockridge in her September editorial.

Tags: Recruiting, Autonomous Vehicles, Emerging Leaders, Uber for Trucking

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Smart Trucks Have Already Arrived

Trucks and cars alike are being designed with new sensing abilities and greater intelligence.

By Jack Roberts

A new kind of truck is already here. And very soon, the incredible capabilities of these smart, connected vehicles will revolutionize virtually every aspect of fleet operations.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Trucking in the 21st Century, Connected Platform

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Guide to the New Volvo VNL

Photo: Jack Roberts

By HDT Staff

The VNL is Volvo Trucks North America's first all new Class 8 highway tractor in 20 years, building on the company's established styling cues combined with dynamic, modern features.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, New Vehicles, Volvo VNL

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

From left, Greg Eddy, president and CEO of Venture Logistics; Don Hinkle, vice president of equipment services at YRC Worldwide; and  Maverick Vice President of Maintenance Mike Jeffress. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

Tags: Spec'ing, Safety & Compliance, FTR, Maverick, YRC Worldwide, ELDs, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Why GDP Numbers Are Better Than You Think

By Evan Lockridge

In the early 1990s, it was common to hear economists define a healthy economy as one with gross domestic product growth of around 3% annually.These days, when growth gets close to that “magic number,” it’s greeted with a yawn — and it shouldn’t, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Economy, ATA, GDP

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: Cutting Methane Crucial to Future of Natural Gas Vehicles

Fleets and natural-gas engine makers are already taking steps to address methane leakage. Photo: Frito-Lay

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman

Commercial fleets that converted from diesel to natural gas power could potentially accelerate the rate of climate change, finds one report. What is the industry doing to address the issue?

Tags: NGVAmerica, EDF, EPA, Emissions, Industry Research, Emissions Reduction, Methane, CNG, LNG, Westport, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, EIA

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Off-Peak Deliveries Can Make a Difference

Photo: U.S. DOT

By John G. Smith

By scheduling shipments at times when there is less traffic on the road, Off-peak deliveries as a route planning strategy can deliver significant savings.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Delivery Delays, Traffic, Schedule

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo’s Not-So-Vanilla VNL

The Volvo VNL 740 tractor tested by Jack Roberts featured a 70-inch high-rise sleeper, a 424-hp D13 Volvo engine with compounded turbocharger and predictive cruise control. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Volvo took everything it has learned about tractor aerodynamics, powertrains and driver comfort and safety over the past 20 years and distilled those lessons into the new Volvo VNL. Find out what Jack Roberts thinks of it after a test drive.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Test Drive, New Vehicles, Volvo VNL

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About ELD Mandate Enforcement

Is that an AOBRD or an ELD? Photo: Roehl Transport

By Deborah Lockridge

Whether you’ve got your electronic logging devices on order, or you’re still researching your options, there are many questions out there regarding just what’s going to happen at the roadside when the ELD mandate goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Summer Videos

By HDT Staff

Kick back this Labor Day Weekend and take a look back at HDT’s hottest videos shot over the lazy, hazy crazy days of summer that are now slipping away from us all for another year.

Tags: Labor Day holiday

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System

A single index finger was all that was needed to whip this Peterbilt through a Figure-8 course with ZF's Reax steering system. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

A new electronic steering augmentation system from ZF can help drivers reduce stress while boosting safety.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Comfort, ZF, Autonomous Vehicles, Steering, Advanced Safety Technology

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why the ELD Mandate is a Problem for Temp Drivers

Photo: ERoad

By Jim Park

For drivers working for a driver service or temporary driver pool, how do they transfer their logs from one carrier to another? The short answer is, they can't.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar's New Automated Transmission

The Paccar Automated Transmission: 12 forward gears and two reverse packed into a 657-pound package that was engineered from the ground up as an automated transmission. It's new to the game, but it performs like a veteran. Photo: Paccar

By Jim Park

Paccar is the latest North American truck manufacturer to bring a proprietary automated transmission to market. HDT's Jim Park got a sneak preview of the new 12-speed Paccar Automated Transmission ahead of its official launch. Here are his driving impressions.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Transmissions, Test Drive, Automated Manual Transmissions

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

Why You Should Pay Attention to Trailer Alignment

Trailer alignment is more important than ever when you run wide-base tires. HDT file photo

By Ted Armstrong, SAF-Holland

Proper trailer axle/wheel alignment is critical to maximizing tire life, and it's only become more important with the use of wide-base single tires on trailers for fuel economy and weight savings.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Tires, Alignment, SAF-Holland, Wide-Base Tires, Axles, Suspensions

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Fleet's Role in Strengthening the Repair Chain

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

No matter how many parts a fleet buys from Amazon, it still is going to need local support, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Amazon.com, Repairs

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Can Open the Door to Big Data

By Jim Park

Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?

Tags: ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate, Data Management

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Over-Regulation and Idiotic Enforcement

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Sure, our trucks can do damage in a bunch of ways, but the regulations outweigh the risk we represent by alot -and they’re driving people away from trucking, argues Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Regulations, Inspections, Law Enforcement

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing the Technology Envelope in Trucking

Photo: PeopleNet

By Jim Beach

Mark Botticelli, executive vice president, Technology, PeopleNet, described how some wearable devices such as virtual reality goggles or a smart arm band could aid drivers.

Tags: PeopleNet, Future Trucks, Virtual Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How E-Commerce Disrupts Trucking

Thom Albrecht Photo: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

While disruption may be a current buzzword, it’s as old as capitalism itself, said Thom Albrecht, president of Sword & Sea Transportation Advisors, speaking at the PeopleNet and TMW in.sight User Conference + Expo in Nashville.

Tags: E-commerce, Trimble, Disruptive Technology

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Special Report: Canada's New Mandatory Driver Training Law

The tests are tougher, but many schools are looking for loopholes now that Canada's additional mandatory training requirement is law. Photos: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Canada has increased its mandatory requirements for entry-level driver training with mixed results so far.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Driver Training, Safety

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

User Conference Highlights the Fast Pace of Change

Panel at PeopleNet presentation during the in.sight User Conference + Expo. Photo: Trimble

By Jim Beach

Change and its quickening pace was an over-riding theme at Trimble’s in.sight user conference for TMW Systems and PeopleNet customers that kicked off Aug. 14 in Nashville.

Tags: E-commerce, Trimble, PeopleNet, Connected Vehicle Technology, TMW Systems, ELDs, Autonomous Vehicles

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Owner-Operators and Small Fleets Need to Know about ELDs

Depending on whether an owner-operator is running a single truck or a small fleet, the fleet management software options available on most devices may or may not be needed. Photo: J.J. Keller

By Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device mandate is causing a lot of confusion and concern among the smallest fleets and single truck owner-operators. With just four months until the regulation comes into force, here are a few things to consider as we brace for December 18 – the date the mandate kicks in.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is Your Lease-Purchase Program a Problem?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

There are plenty of horror stories out there about owner-operator lease-purchase programs, and not just at the ports, explains Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her August editorial.

Tags: OOIDA, Ports, Owner-Operators, Lease-Purchase, Independent Contractors

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Scuttling of Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal Draws Heated Reactions

News reports on the Trump adminstration's move to halt a sleep apnea rule for truck drivers were mostly negative in their coverage. Photo: Volvo Group

By Jack Roberts

The Trump administration's move to halt progress on a proposal that would have required sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers was met with largely negative reactions in press reports from around the country and the world.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, NTSB, Driver Safety, Donald Trump, FCMSA, Drivers, Fatigue, In the Media, Driver Fatigue, Safety

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Clock is Ticking on ELD Compliance

Despite how easy it is to install electronic logging devices and having the ability to use an app to log time, “it still takes fleet management and drivers generally a couple of months to get comfortable with the technology,” advises Tom Reader of ELD supplier J.J. Keller. Photos: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Carriers and drivers have a scant four months to be running under the FMCSA's new electronic logging rule.

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solar Power for Your Truck or Trailer Refrigeration Unit

Carrier Transicold Thin Film Flexible Solar Panels are designed to maintain the refrigeration unit’s battery charge. Photo: Carrier Transicold

By Deborah Lockridge

Transport refrigeration system batteries are increasingly being tapped to power additional electronics such as telematics devices, fuel-level sensors, interior trailer lighting and other accessories. But that means batteries can go dead faster than ever. Solar power to the rescue.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Thermo King, Carrier Transicold, Transport Refrigeration, Refrigerated Trailers, Batteries, Electrical, Alternative Fuels

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal May Not Mean Much

By Evan Lockridge

Some are predicting the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition will be a game-changer but it may not be as big of a deal for trucking as we think, says Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge in his August Hotline column.

Tags: Amazon.com, Mergers & Acquisitions, Grocery Fleets

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mesilla Valley Adopts Auxiliary Solar System

Note the eNow solar panel on the roof fairing of this MVT rig. Photo courtesy MVT.

By Deborah Lockridge

Mesilla Valley Transportation recently purchased close to 1,000 eNow solar auxiliary energy systems for its Navistar trucks. The pioneering fleet discovered benefits beyond reduced idling.

Tags: Idle Reduction, eNow, Mesilla Valley Transportation

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Statistics

Inside the Small Fleet

Small fleets cite their top three challenges. Graph courtesy Comdata

By Deborah Lockridge

Small fleets make up the vast majority of trucking companies. Comdata shares some research into their challenges and habits.

Tags: Comdata, Research, Small Fleets

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Nationwide Rail Services Gains Safety Advantage With Each Drop-And-Hook

NRS shared with their insurance company how the SmartValve reduces driver injuries by conducting a live demonstration with the assistance of Rush Truck Centers.

By HDT Staff

Fleet credits electronic height control system with reducing driver injuries and boosting productivity.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Landing Gear, Insurance, Drivers, Hadley Products

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 3D Future: Is It a Print?

Laser metal 3D printer. Photo: UPS Longitudes

By David Cullen

E-commerce is all the rage these days, but inventory requirements for shippers may actually decline in the years ahead if 3D printing catches fire.

Tags: Logistics, 3D Printing, Trucking in the 21st Century

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Assistance Technology as a Co-Pilot

The roundtable discussion was hosted by the U.S. National Safety Council. Photo: Stephane Babcock

By John G. Smith

Advanced driver assistance systems, like the ones that sound an alarm if you’re tailgating or even apply vehicle brakes automatically, are proving themselves to be more than a novelty.

Tags: National Safety Council, NTSB, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Fleet Safety Conference, Driver Safety

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: TransRisk's Craig Fuller on Creating a Trucking Futures Exchange

Craig Fuller Photo: TransRisk

By David Cullen

TransRisk founder and CEO Craig Fuller discusses the first regulated trucking futures exchange his startup is planning to launch.

Tags: TransRisk, Futures Exchanges

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Taking Tires for a Test Drive

Tread depth measurements and tire condition checks should take place at regular intervals, and all relevant data noted on the evaluation. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

If you want to test drive some new tires before you buy — and who wouldn’t — be prepared to invest significant time and energy in the project.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, Tires

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's VNR Could be an Urban Legend (in the Making)

Volvo’s new VNR 640 with a 61-inch sleeper provides drivers all the comfort and storage options they’ll need for week-long excursions. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The new VNR line up from Volvo Trucks North America is everything a driver and a fleet could want in an urban or short haul tractor, and then some.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

10 Things Drivers Do to Get Pulled Over

iStockPhoto

By Mark Abrahamson, HNI

A longtime state patrol officer offers his real-world observations on the most common reasons drivers get pulled over.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Traffic Violations, Police

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's 2017 Trailer Update

By Steven Martinez

Our annual roundup of trailer trends and new trailer announcements, from the July issue of HDT.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Underride Guard, LED Lighting, Dropdeck Trailers

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Demise of the Dumb Dump Truck

Dump trucks have always been tough. But today, they’re getting increasingly smarter as well. Photo: Mack

By Jack Roberts

Today’s dump trucks are smart, connected and integrated — but still tough enough to handle heavy loads in tough working conditions.

Tags: Kenworth, Freightliner, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, Dump Trucks

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