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Uber, Otto Talk About Plans to Transform Trucking

Photo via Otto blog

September 28, 2016

The term "Uber for trucking" is at risk of becoming a generic term, being used for a variety of new apps aimed at automating the load booking process, but Uber is making big plans to make "Uber for trucking" a reality, according to a new report from Reuters.

Tags: 3PL, Brokers, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Techs from TravelCenters of America dominated the Trailer Track competition, winning 12 of 15 awards announced.

Check the lights? Sure. The electrical system was among 12 items tested in the Trailer Track competition at TMC's SuperTech event in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 18-21. Photos: Marsh Galloway

September 23, 2016

Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve. Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance, Trailers, TMC, TMC SuperTech

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, September 23, 2016 12:59 PM | » Comments(1)

TMC Looks at Special Trailer Repair Issues

A new or existing task force might bring in trailer-builder and repair-shop representatives to speak to it.

This lowboy's deck remains unbowed, but overloading has been known to bend the structure. How do owners repair such damage? Photo: Rogers Brothers Co.

September 21, 2016

How do you repair a lowboy trailer whose deck structure has lost its arc? That might deserve some scrutiny, the organization figures.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, TMC SuperTech, Lowboy Trailers, Trailer Repairs

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:32 AM | » Comments(1)

Hyliion's Powered Trailer Axle Goes to Europe

The company is exhibiting at the giant IAA truck show in Hannover, Germany, by sharing a booth with its battery supplier, Gentherm.

Like the North American version, the powered axle for Europe would replace a "passive" axle. Image: Hyliion Inc.

September 18, 2016

The Intelligent Electric Axle axle replaces a “passive” axle on a standard trailer tandem or tridem, and promises big fuel savings – 10 to 20% from hybrid-powered operation alone, Hyliion claims.

Tags: Trailers, IAA, Fuel Economy, Europe, Hybrid Trucks, Hyliion

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:53 PM | » Comments(0)

Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows

Among seven categories of fuel-savings devices for over-the-road rigs, trailer aero devices had the lowest acceptance rate, about 21%.

Trailer aerodynamic devices have caught on, but it apparently took the California ARB rules to force most fleets to begin adopting them. Photo: Tom Berg

September 12, 2016

It appears that it took a government decree to push operators into it, and it will take another set of rules to force further adoption of drag-reduction methods for trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Fleet Study, Aerodynamics, NACFE, Trailer Aerodynamics

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 12, 2016 8:30 AM | » Comments(0)

Volvo's Iron Knight Truck Sets New Speed Record

At the heart of this "beast" is a standard I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission

August 26, 2016

Volvo is again using high-profile stunts and viral video to highlight its engineering skills, and the latest is The Iron Knight, the world’s fastest truck, breaking the record set by a previous special Volvo truck.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, In the Media, Global, Volvo I-Shift

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 26, 2016 1:57 PM | » Comments(2)

Phase 2 GHG Regs for Trailers Both Simple and Complex

Box-type and vocational trailers are both affected in 2018-27 rules, and the U.S. is the first country in the world to regulate them.

Flatbeds, among the vocational trailers newly regulated for fuel economy and emissions by the federal Phase 2 rules, will need tire pressure management devices and low rolling-resistance tires to comply. Photo: Tom Berg

August 24, 2016

Trailers have long been regulated for safety. But trailers’ contributions to fuel economy and reduced emissions are new matters for for federal authorities.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, NHTSA

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:53 PM | » Comments(2)

The Rocky Road to Automating Freight Matching

Two contrasting bits of news about the so-called “Uber for trucking” marketplace – and should we really be calling it that, anyway?

Photo: Loadsmart

August 23, 2016

Two contrasting bits of news about the so-called “Uber for trucking” marketplace prompted this All That's Trucking blog from Deborah Lockridge, who asks, should we really be calling it that, anyway?

Tags: Mobile Apps, Cargomatic, Freight Uberization, Loadsmart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:13 AM | » Comments(0)

Flowers Foods Facing Employee Misclassification Problems

Tastykake is one of many brands owned by Flowers Foods. 2009 photo by Ezra Wolfe, used under Creative Commons license.

August 11, 2016

The Department of Labor may be getting involved in an employee “misclassification” situation involving delivery drivers at Flowers Foods, the Georgia-based company that owns Wonder Bread, Nature’s Own, Tastykake and other brands.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Department of Labor, Private Fleets, Independent Contractors, Delivery Fleets, Flowers Foods

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:45 AM | » Comments(0)

When Cummins Went to Indy

The #28 Cummins Special diesel race car is much more than a colorful relic from the past.

Bruce Watson, driver and caretaker of the Cummins #28 Special. Photo by Jim Park

August 10, 2016

Cummins Engine Co. founder Clessie Cummins knew a thing or two about making engines. As it turns out he had a twisted genius for marketing too.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Cummins, Racing, History

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:38 PM | » Comments(0)

Parsing the Party Platforms on Transportation

July 24, 2016

The text of both the Democratic and Republican 2016 platforms runs for about 50 pages and each devotes just about 200 words to issues directly related to transportation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the positions presented are largely mirror images; that is to say, they are direct opposites.

Tags: Politics, Infrastructure Funding, The White House

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Autonomous Truck Development Marches On

"We want people who start a trip to finish it."

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus is Daimler's latest entry into the autonomous commercial vehicle realm.

July 21, 2016

Autonomous Tesla big rigs and a self-driving bus ... and what's the federal government going to do about regulating this fast-changing technology? Learn more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Daimler AG, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:24 AM | » Comments(1)

Rodeo du Camion is a Trucking Event Like No Other

Photo: Jim Park

July 20, 2016

Anyone who says all the fun has gone from trucking has never been to Rodeo du Camion. It's a trucking event like no other, where drivers pull 45-ton loads of 2x4 lumber up a 12% grade in pursuit of a few thousands dollars in prize money. Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Canada, Rodeo du Camion

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | » Comments(4)

Could House Caucus Drive Forward Self-Driving Trucks?

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

April 29, 2016

Although the makeup of its initial members as well as its stated goals strongly suggest its main focus will be on benefiting the auto industry, the new bipartisan House Smart Transportation Caucus may also help put autonomous trucks on the nation’s highway.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2016 1:15 PM | » Comments(1)

Some Shippers Serve Up a Different Take on Green

The Jolly Green Giant of General Mills Image: generalmills.com

April 8, 2016

Eleven natural food suppliers plus outdoors outfitter Patagonia are urging the proposed Phase 2 round of GHG/MPG standards be tightened and sped up.

Tags: Phase 2 GHG Proposals, EPA, NHTSA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2016 12:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Leaky Roofs, Plugged DPFs and a Rainbow of Coolants: TMC Tackles them All

Photo by Jim Park

March 3, 2016

What we learn from sessions like TMC's Fleet Forum is that you probably aren't the only truck owner having a particular problem. It puts the boots to the oft-heard comment from dealers, "Gee, I've never heard that one before."

Tags: TMC, DPF, Heavy Duty Coolants, Antifreeze, Maintenance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Cosmo and the Woman Trucker

Rusty Dow, a Corps truck driver, traversed the Alaska Highway during the 1940s. Image: Army Corps of Engineers

February 9, 2016

Cosmopolitan is not where most would-be truckers will turn for advice on launching a career behind the wheel.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women Drivers

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Will Highway Trust Fund Run Dry in 5 Years?

The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent by the end of 2021.

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

February 8, 2016

A new projections from the Congressional Budget Office about where the Highway Trust Fund will be by the end of 2021 illustrates the inherent flaw in how Congress chose to fund the FAST Act. David Cullen explores the ramifications in his "Passing Zone" blog.

Tags: Congress, Congressional Budget Office, AASHTO, Highway Bill

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

For Whom the ELD Bell Tolls

Life with ELDs will be an easy transition for some, not so easy for others. Photo by Jim Park.

December 10, 2015

It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | » Comments(1)

Ladies, Gentlemen; Please Meet THE Dumbest Truck Driver in the World

YouTube screen capture

August 24, 2015

You simply won't believe your eyes when you see what some dumb-*ss truck driver is doing in this YouTube video. Equipment editor Jim Park is just glad he was kind enough to leave behind this bit of evidence. Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | » Comments(13)

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