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November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Continental Safety Technologies Help Build Road to Autonomous Vehicles

Continental's heads-up display shows vital information without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.

By Deborah Lockridge

Continental recently showed off systems that will help truck makers meet safety needs down the road, whether pushed by regulations or customer demand, as well as pave the way toward autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Continental, IAA, Global, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Eaton Showcases Near- and Far-Future Technology

Eaton showed off a four-speed transmission designed for electric vehicles, with the initial target being city buses for urban areas. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

You may think of Eaton as primarily a transmission company, but at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, this fall, they showed a range of future technologies both near and far, from transmissions for electric vehicles to autonomous vehicle technology to waste heat recovery.

Tags: Eaton, IAA, Transmissions, Autonomous Vehicles, Waste Heat Recovery

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How A. Duie Pyle Manages Warehouse Information

A. Duie Pyle’s dock management system, or DMS, in use. It works hand in hand with Route Planning Solutions to get freight where it needs to be faster.

By Deborah Lockridge

A. Duie Pyle manages warehouse information for more efficient operations, happier drivers and, most importantly, happier customers.

Tags: Information Technology, Managing the Shop, A. Duie Pyle

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What Smart Tanker Fleets Are Spec'ing

Bulkmatic Transport is retrofitting all 1,300 trailers with LED GloLight tail lamps for better visibility and reliability. Photo: Optronics

By Deborah Lockridge

Owners of tank trailers keep them a long time. All the more reason to make sure when you buy a new one, you’re getting the best possible trailer for your operations for the price.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Tankers

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life

Proper spec’ing will keep tires in service longer. Highway tires are no match for the mean city streets. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Spec'ing, Tires, Rubber

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Engine Stop-Start System Saves Fuel for New York's Trash Trucks

DSNY’s dyno-equipped evaluation facility in Queens, N.Y., proved the engine stop-start system’s concept was sound, and it’s saving substantial fuel in real operations.  Photos: Effenco

By Tom Berg

New York City’s Department of Sanitation has been testing an engine stop-start system with impressive fuel savings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Refuse Trucks, Stop-Start

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does Clean Equal Green?

Thanks to automation advances, modern drive-through truck washes can clean and wax a vehicle in 10 minutes or even less.  Photo: Whiting Systems

By Jack Roberts

Colorful, clean trucks can offer a gleaming, positive image of a fleet and the services it provides but can a regular wash program pay for itself, or is it just money down the drain?

Tags: Truck Wash, Cleaning Products

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Carbon Express Did a 180 on Safety

Controller Sean McAllister and Director of Safety John Bowlby hold the National Tank Truck Council Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy at the entrance to Carbon Express headquarters.

By Deborah Lockridge

When Steve Rush was an owner-operator, he would have laughed at the notion that one day he would be running a tanker fleet that would be recognized as the safest carrier by the National Tank Truck Council in the 15 million miles and under category.

Tags: Tankers, Carbon Express, Safety

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Vanishing Paper Trail

By Jim Beach

A paperless trucking operation is technologically possible, but don’t expect paper to go away anytime soon.

Tags: TMW Systems, Pegasus TransTech, Document Management, Omnitracs, Big Data

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Daimler Trucks North America's Kary Schaefer

Kary Schaefer Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

By Deborah Lockridge

Find out what DTNA's new general manager of marketing and strategy, a career engineer, has to say about everything from the latest Freightliner and Detroit roll-outs to the challenges of keeping up with fast-moving technology developments inside and outside the industry.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Q&A

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Online Parts Sales Growing

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Every industry is transitioning to online sales as the world is becoming more digitized and people are getting more accustomed to online purchases in their personal lives.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, E-commerce, Online Tool, Parts and Service

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices

Photo of Transit full-size van courtesy of Ford.

By David Cullen

Sales of commercial vans may set a record this year and helping drive that traffic is a wider array of offerings in three distinct size categories.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Vehicle Sales, Full-Size Vans, Ford Transit

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: VW Does More Than You Think

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Now that the initial brouhaha has died down after the news broke of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus investment in Navistar last month, there is probably one big question that still needs an answer in a lot of North American minds: Like, who the heck is Volkswagen?

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Europe, Scania

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Growing Sales, Diesel Developments, Vertical Integration

By Tom Berg

The Class 3-7 medium-duty truck market has been stable and healthy so far in 2016 and it is expected that all segments will show consistent growth going forward.

Tags: Chevrolet, Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks, Truck Orders

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Heady Pace of Technology

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Drones, self-driving trucks, so-called “Uber” for freight transportation as well as the Internet of Things and Big Data all have the power to disrupt today’s ways of moving freight.

Tags: Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Drones

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Class 8 Update: Downturn, But Far From Bad Times

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear?

By Tom Berg

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear? From our October issue.

Tags: Kenworth, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, New Vehicles

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: Welcome to the New Normal

Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist with the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

When are truck freight levels, pricing and even the economy going to be at the level we are accustomed to seeing? Evan Lockridge recaps the FTR Transportation Conference for his Oct. magazine column.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Bumper’s skid-resistant top surface allows firm planting of a driver’s foot, and end cap would stop a sideways slip as he climbs up. Handle next to door gives him a positive grip. Photo:Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

Tags: Driver Safety, Trailers, TMC

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, NACFE, Uber, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Cummins Brings X12 to North America

The new X12 from Cummins is based on the global ISG platform. It’s not a rebranded ISX12. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A little while back, Equipment Editor Jim Park tested out Cummins' latest diesel engine, the X12. Are smaller displacements the engine trend of the future? Cummins seems to think so and is hedging its bets on the question.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Cummins X12

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

SmartValve's a Back-Saver at Meijer Logistics

Meijer Logistics driver Ron Diamond points to the button that can save him considerable work and time — and prevent an injury — during a hookup.

By Tom Berg

The Hadley device adds suspension adjustment capability and reduces cranking work for drivers.

Tags: Driver Health, Hadley Products, Landing Gear

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMW Systems, PeopleNet Hold First Joint User Conference

Brian McLaughlin, president of PeopleNet speaking at the In.Sight. conference. Photos: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

Held in Nashville, the 2016 In.Sight Conference represented the first time the two companies, both of which are owned by Trimble, had joined forces on a user conference.

Tags: Conference, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, TMW Systems

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and reduce costs. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

Tags: Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Tire Maintenance

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Ploger Transportation Pushes 10 Mpg With a Far-From-Typical Powertrain Spec

Ploger Transportation’s diverse customer base provides a mix of light and heavy loads, many multi-stop routes and high exposure to urban environments. Photos: Ploger Transportation

By Jim Park

Ploger is a diverse carrier hauling mostly high-cube multi-drop loads to customer retail locations in urban areas predominantly east of the Mississippi.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, 6x2

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Profit Is Hiding In Dark Places

By Denise Rondini

Most fleets are operating on thin margins and that is not likely to change anytime soon. Yet many of them are missing an opportunity to add to their bottom line because they don’t have complete control over their procurement process.

Tags: Procurement, Business, Revenues

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Q&A: How Driver Relationships Drive Safety at Southern Freight Services

Kelsey Wolfe Photo: Jim Park

By Steven Martinez

Kelsey Wolfe is Southern Freight Services’ director of safety, human resources and recruiting and Heavy Duty Trucking’s pick for its 2016 Safety & Compliance Award. While safety is her primary concern, it's her relationships with the drivers that make it happen.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Safety

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Available in Hybrid and Electric Drive Systems

Many of Odyne’s hybrid systems go into utility service trucks, where they work cleanly and  silently on job sites. Public utilities, municipalities and other high-profile fleets are still interested in cutting emissions and fuel use, the manufacturer says. Photo: Odyne Systems

By Tom Berg

Interest has waned in the face of low fuel prices, but ‘price points’ are lower and the business remains active.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bringing Maintenance to the Truck

Lights, tires and the air system can all be inspected from a mobile maintenance truck at a customer’s location. Photo: Transervice Lease Corp.

By Denise Rondini

Fleets are always looking for ways to increase roll time of trucks and trailers and cut down on CSA violations. Properly equipped mobile maintenance trucks are one way that fleets are achieving it.

Tags: Ryder System, Parts and Service, Service Fleets, Uptime

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Technician Training Alliance Aims to Improve Repair Process

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

A memorandum of understanding required manufacturers to make service info available on model year 2010 trucks and newer but it did not mean that the truck makers had to provide training.

Tags: OEM, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Parts and Service

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California's Zero Emissions Vehicle Dreams

California’s Air Resources Board says zero-emissions technology is already available for delivery vehicles such as package vans and medium-duty trucks. Photo: First Priority GreenFleet/EVI

By Jack Roberts

Diesel engines are cleaner than ever. So why is the California Air Resources Board calling for more zero emissions vehicles?

Tags: CARB, Regulations, EPA, Zero Emissions, Alternative Fuels

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Climbing the Data Mountain

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Managing data is utterly essential to the successful maintenance of a truck fleet in 2016. That’s a given. But knowing it is one thing – doing it is quite another.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Zonar, Big Data

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels in the Age of Cheap Oil

Is cheaper even the issue?

By David Cullen

The slide in the price of diesel fuel over the past two years has complicated the decision to switch to alternative fuels for many fleets. But is cheap oil even the real issue?

Tags: Diesel Prices, Alternative Fuels, Ryder System, Green Fleets, UPS, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Need for Speed?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucks using speed limiters had a ratio of 1.6 crashes per 100 trucks per year, while those without had a ratio of 2.9.

Tags: Driver Safety, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Things to be Ready for in a Coercion Complaint Investigation

Photo by Jim Park

By Don Jerrell, HNI

While following up on driver coercion complaints, DOT auditors may not be finding the coercion claimed, but they are finding other issues that are causing conditional ratings and fines.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, E-logs, Driver Coercion

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GHG Phase 2: Weighing the Devil in the Details

By Jack Roberts

Agencies contend the program will provide $230 billion in net benefits to society, including benefits to our climate and the public health of Americans but the trucking industry must still deal with those costs, as well as ones the agencies might not have taken into account.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA, GHG Phase 2

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

In support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week, Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets.

Tags: Inspections, Driver Safety Tips, Bendix, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Hill Climbing's Easy for mDrive and 'Downsped' MP8 Diesel

Engine cruised at 1,300 rpm at 60 and 65 mph in 11th-direct and 12th-overdrive gears, respectively. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The Pinnacle-pulled rig weighed close to 80,000 pounds. So how did it pull the hills at such low engine speeds? With 1,860 lb-ft of torque, and with no more speed loss than one would find with higher revving engines.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Downspeed, Test Drive

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: How E-commerce and Millennials are Changing Retail and Trucking

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services, Seasonally Adjusted

By Evan Lockridge

Retail sales are important – not just to the overall economy, but also to trucking – and the game is changing big-time, possibly thanks to an entire generation.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Millennials

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New E-Reefers Smart Move for LA Grocery Delivery

Two of D&D's trucks outfitted with Volta Air electric reefers. Photo courtesy Second Generation Cooling and Volta Air.

By Deborah Lockridge

D&D Wholesale Distributors in City of Industry, Calif., has been distributing produce, meats, poultry, grocery, non-foods, frozen foods and dairy in the Southern California area since 1979. It's responding to the state's demand for lower emissions by moving to all-electric refrigeration units for its delivery trucks.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Solar Power, Reefer

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Next-Generation Cascadia: Driver Comfort & Safety Too

By Jim Park

The new Cascadia is loaded with improvements ranging from the layout of the gauges and switches in the driver compartment to features inside the sleeper area, including a new Driver’s Loft configuration.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Powertrain, Aero Enhancements Push Cascadia Fuel Economy

Freightliner's new Cascadia model represents fours years of work. It has tested to be 8% more efficient than the current Cascadia Evolution model. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

DTNA boss Martin Daum calls the fuel-efficiency gains with the new Cascadia mind-boggling. He said the design target was 5% over the current Cascadia Evolution model, but the design team's efforts produced a truck that bests the Evolution by a full 8%. Daum said new Cascadia in full AeroX trim is 19% more fuel efficient than the current base-model Cascadia.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hottest Videos of the Summer

By HDT Staff

It’s been a long, hot summer, so relax this Labor Day and take a look at our hottest videos shot over the lazy-for-some season now drawing to a close.

Tags: Labor Day holiday

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Learn About Freightliner's Next-Generation Cascadia

By Jim Park

We've gathered all our coverage of the new Freightliner next-generation Cascadia in one spot, and will add more as we continue our coverage.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Freightliner Cascadia

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Trends in the Spot Freight Market

Graph courtesy FTR and Truckstop.com

By Staff

As FTR and Truckstop.com apply "big data" analysis to spot market pricing, Noel Perry, FTR transportation economist, offers some insights into the volatility of spot pricing and how spot prices correlate with contract pricing.

Tags: FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Truckstop.com

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

GHG Phase 2: Trucking Industry Reactions

Trailers for the first time are included in the fuel economy/GHG regs. Photo: Wabash

By Jack Roberts

Industry reactions to the final greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks tended to be [mostly] upbeat and positive, reflecting a determination to roll up the sleeves and deal with trucking’s latest reality.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, GHG, Fuel Economy

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Canada Scrambling to Develop ELD Standard

By Today's Trucking

Despite an early start on developing an Electronic Logging Device standard, Canadian regulators are now scrambling to get something in place by the time the U.S. rule takes effect in December 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Canada, Regulations, ELDs

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage Evokes 'Large Cars'

Looking like a modern rendition of an old “large car,” the 567 Heritage is adorned with much chrome and polished metal trim.

By Tom Berg

Peterbilt Motors’ Model 567 Heritage combines a rugged-looking vocational truck with special exterior and interior trim that harkens back to the company’s West Coast origins and days of the “large car.”

Tags: Peterbilt, Test Drive, Model 567

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Quick Spin: Crane LET2 Crew Cab Seats 4

The cab sits low and well forward of the steer axle. One step and the driver and his helpers are inside and ready to go after trash &amp;ndash; after a packer body&amp;rsquo;s installed, of course.<br />Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Not all trash trucks are born alike. The model LET2 CC is a rather roomy example in a world where most refuse trucks seat two, or three in a pinch. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers his hands-on impressions.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, CCC, Test Drive, Refuse Fleets

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Volvo's I-Shift with Crawler Gears

A mixer chassis sometimes needs to creep over uneven surfaces or while pouring concrete sidewalks or curbs. Depending on axle gearing, I-Shift crawler gears allow speeds as low as 0.6 mph.

By Tom Berg

Volvo’s new Crawler Gears option for the I-Shift automated manual transmission puts one or two extra-low ratios at the driver’s fingertips – or thumb tip, actually.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Initiatives to Improve Parts and Service Offerings

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Parts and service providers are making major investments to better position themselves to be the fleets’ location of choice for maintenance and repair.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Parts and Service

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