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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

October 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

ZF's Reax is a smart, electronic control system that takes input data from various sensors around the vehicle, including the driver, and either loosens, or tightens steering response based on what the truck is doing and what the driver needs in terms of steering inputs to do it safely.

Tags: Driver Comfort, ZF, Autonomous Vehicles, Steering, Driver Safety, Test Drive

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

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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

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Finding a Good Fit When Selecting a Service Provider

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

For outsourcing to be successful the fleet has to find a provider that is a good fit for its operation. While there is no quick formula you can use to find the perfect company, there are some actions you can take that will get you close to finding the service provider that will mesh best with your operation, writes Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini,

Tags: Outsourcing, Aftermarket, Parts and Service

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Don't Have to Be a Productivity Killer

It may turn out that the ELD mandate that hits in December will not have much further impact on driver productivity as so many fleets have already made adjustments to their operations.  Photos: iStockPhoto

By Evan Lockridge

There are steps fleets can take to offset productivity losses that can occur with the mandatory move to electronic logging devices.

Tags: Productivity, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: What Happens to SmartWay With EPA Under Fire?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Looks like SmartWay’s days are numbered, if not those of the entire Environmental Protection Agency, but we shouldn't be especially sad if EPA budget cuts kill SmartWay. We have options, writes Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA, Donald Trump

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Smart in the Warehouse

Amazon has been using these small orange warehouse robots for several years to make picking much faster, increasing their number every year. Photo: Amazon

By David Cullen

The surge in e-commerce orders is recasting the role warehousing plays in the supply chain. Part six of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, Supply Chain Management, Internet

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Large and Small, Fleets Focus on the Driver

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

At Halvor and Swift, a focus has been placed on the driver to improve retention, writes Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Halvor Lines

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Evaluating Options for Outside Service

By Denise Rondini

Turnaround time, competency of technicians, and cost are just a few of the factors that go into a fleet’s decision to outsource maintenance and repair.

Tags: Outsourcing, Aftermarket, Parts and Service

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Volvo’s New VNL Tractor Blends Technology, Functionality, Capability

Trucking reporters took the new Volvo VNL for a spin on the test track at Volvo's New River Valley facility. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts shares his first impressions of Volvo's new VNL highway tractor. In a world increasingly focused on new technology, Volvo designers made sure to keep their focus on the “human element.”

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo VNL, Class 8

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Six Months In: Q&A with Yokohama COO, Jeff Barna

Yokohama COO, Jeff Barna Photo: Yokohama

By Jim Park

Yokohama Tire Corporation’s New COO, Jeff Barna candidly looks at his first six months at Yokohama and what he sees as the latest tire industry trends and challenges.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires, Q&A

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Celebrating Independence Day

Public Domain Photo

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is celebrating Independence Day and closing our offices. However, many of our readers will still be working hard that day, so we have filled our newsletter with some of the most popular online articles from the past few months.

Tags: Independence Day

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Don't Mind the Bumps, Numbers Still Look Promising for 2017

The Cass Freight Index showed positive numbers in April for the fourth straight month, indicating a possible end to the “freight recession.” Source: Cass Information Systems

By Evan Lockridge

It seems just as soon as one report comes out saying there are indications the economy (and trucking) continues to get better, another follows that seems to point the other way, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge in his July column.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Cass Freight Index

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation and Networking at the Inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange

Photo: Kareem Girgis

By HDT Staff

The inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange focused on promoting networking between fleets and suppliers, as well as educational opportunities revolving around the theme of innovation.

Tags: Networking, Events, Fleet Innovators, HDTX

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Truck Drivers Can Eat Healthy on the Road

A big challenge for drivers who want to eat healthy meals is just getting past the typical high-calorie fare to find inexpensive but healthy food choices while out on the road. Photos: J.J. Keller & Associates

By Terri Dougherty, J.J. Keller

The news came as a shock to Emily Plummer. Her blood sugar level had jumped, threatening to end her 18-year career as an interstate truck driver. Find out how she saved her career and learned to eat healthy on the road.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Health

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers Key to Cutting Idle Costs

Fleets must balance the need to reduce idling with the need to attract and retain drivers. Photo:  Randy Heinitz via Flickr/creative commons license

By Deborah Lockridge

No single technology has emerged as a winner in the idle reduction market, but driver satisfaction and comfort are key factors in finding solutions.

Tags: Idling, Idle Reduction, Reducing Fuel Costs

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