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Equipment & Technology

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Technology: What if Cars and Trucks Could Talk to Each Other?

By Oliver B. Patton

Imagine: A truck driver gets a signal on his dash, warning him that a car ahead that he cannot see has slammed on the brakes. Or that he's going too fast for the curve ahead/

Tags: Equipment & Technology, Safety, smart highways

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Analytics for Proactive Predictions

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Technology allows fleets to take a much more proactive role in managing safety. In the past, addressing driver behavior was a reactive task, something you did after an event of some kind: an accident, a citation, a motorist's complaint

Tags: Equipment & Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Building Safer Trucks

Volvo crash-tests its European and American trucks to meet the Swedish Road Board impact tests, which it says are more stringent than the Euro and SAE tests used by other truck builders. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A driver grabs an exit and heads into the curve of the ramp too fast. He steers hard to try to make the sharpening turn, but his trailer can't follow. Its rear begins flipping and the motion quickly continues forward, pulling over the tractor

Tags: Equipment & Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Feds' Safety Wish List

 An estimated 25% of new trucks have stability control systems, such as the one Bendix offers.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Topping the list of federal initiatives on truck safety technology is a proposal due any time from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require stability control systems on heavy-duty tractors

Tags: Equipment & Technology

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

QES Webinar Emphasizes EOBRs for Management, Compliance

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Before adopting electronic logs in 2010, Kinard Trucking and Logistics, a 175-truck fleet in York, Pa., was seeing a 25% rate of log violations fleetwide. The violation rate dropped to 15% within the first year and is now about 1%

Tags: Equipment & Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Synthetic-Web Strapping Under Scrutiny

Testing demonstrated that even minor cuts in the sides of the tested straps caused failures at much lower tension than expected.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What do you know about the synthetic web strapping you use to secure cargo? What you need to know is that it has a label, tag or stencil showing the manufacturer's name and/or trademark, and the working load limit of the strap in pounds or kilograms. You've got all that? The label even says the strap is DOT approved. You're good to go, right? Guess what? There are no DOT standards for cargo strapping

Tags: Equipment & Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Government Cracks Down on Distracted Driving; What's a Fleet to Do?

By Guest commentary Christian Schenk, vice president, product marketing, Xata

It's a fact: Fleets with the highest safety performance records also have stringent policies on in-cab cell phone use, according to the recent Strength in Numbers Fleet Benchmarking Study sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

Tags: Equipment & Technology

March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Roadside Inspections

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You're driving down the road and approaching a truck weigh/inspec­tion station. An amber light blinks on the dash, advising that your driver and vehicle credentials, vehicle condition and trip information are being gathered and transmitted to the inspection station's computers for analysis. A few moments later, the light blinks green.

Tags: Equipment & Technology

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Combat Distracted Driving

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Distracted driving has been the subject of two national DOT summits in the past two years, and new Federal Motor Carrier rules that became effective in October prohibit commercial drivers from texting while driving

Tags: Equipment & Technology

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving With the Wingman Collision Avoidance System

An arc of red lights along the top of the speedometer and an audible beeping alert the driver when something's too close up ahead. (Photo by Volvo)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Think of any rear-end accident you've ever seen or heard of, where a truck slams into a stopped or slower-moving vehicle. What was its cost in injuries, lives and property damage

Tags: Equipment & Technology

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Specs: A Crash Course

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Spec'ing truck components for the safest possible operation is the right thing to do, but it comes at a cost. But it may be a cost you cannot afford to avoid

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