Truck Tech

The Electrics Are Coming

Mercedes-Benz is supplying select European customers with 20 pre-production electric eTrucks to run in real-world fleet conditions. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Are electric trucks about to become a “thing?” In the Truck Tech blog, Jack Roberts explores the significance of real-world fleet tests in Europe and elsewhere as the first step toward electric-truck production and fleet operations in North America. READ MORE

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Fuso, Daimler Trucks North America, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company, GHG Phase 2

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:07 PM | » Comments(0)

The Future Looks Familiar for Volvo's SuperTruck

Volvo's SuperTruck owes more than a passing nod to current VNL styling with highly aggressive, full-length aerodynamics.

Volvo's SuperTruck features some amazing, cutting-edge technology. And yet 70% of its components are running the roads on VNL tractors today. Equipment Editor Jim Park and Senior Editor Jack Roberts were the first non-Volvo drivers to climb behind the wheel. Roberts shares the experience in his Truck Tech blog. READ MORE

Tags: Volvo Trucks, SuperTruck

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:34 PM | » Comments(3)

Five Years to Autonomous?

Autonomous vehicles will help move freight more efficiently. But how engaged will drivers have to be?

Traffic safety expert Dr. Jim Helund thinks autonomous vehicles will be on the road in five years. And their introduction will have far-reaching consequences for all of us. READ MORE

Tags: Legislation, GHSA, Law Enforcement, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Friday, February 10, 2017 12:44 PM | » Comments(2)

The Future in Your Pocket

Photo: Telogis

In the Truck Tech blog, senior editor Jack Roberts explains that smartphones are poised to become the foundational building blocks that will take trucking into a new world of integrated operations and efficiency. READ MORE

Tags: Big Data, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Information Technology, Frost & Sullivan

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, February 1, 2017 2:51 PM | » Comments(4)

A Not-So-Gentle Reminder

It's never been easier to get distracted behind the wheel -- age and experience notwithstanding.

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It's never been easier to get distracted behind the wheel -- age and experience notwithstanding. Jack Roberts got an up close and personal reminder of that recently, as he shares in his Truck Tech blog. READ MORE

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Cell Phone Use, Driver Safety Tips, Distracted Driving

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:39 PM | » Comments(0)

The Future Revealed

Autonomous truck technology like that in Freightliner's Inspiration Truck is part of a sweeping wave of technology. Photo courtesy of Freightliner

2016 was the year the crystal ball cleared and offered anyone brave enough to look a clear vision of the future of logistics. Jack Roberts shares his end-of-year thoughts in his Truck Tech blog. READ MORE

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Electric Vehicles, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2016 12:45 PM | » Comments(0)

Technology, Trucks and Terror

Can technology stop terrorists from attacking with highjacked trucks?

Autonomous driving technology could stop terrorist truck attacks before they happen. Photo: Freightliner

Take technology far enough and you'll have smart trucks that simply cannot be used as weapons of terror like this week's attack in Berlin, writes Jack Roberts in his Truck Tech blog. READ MORE

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Terrorism

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Rush Truck Centers Pushes the Telematic Frontier Forward

A Rush Call Center technician in San Antonio, TX, works a repair problem for a customer with a truck down in Indianapolis. Photo: Jack Roberts

Telematics will be the next big game-changer in trucking - one of those advances where, in 5 to 10 years, you'll wonder how you ever managed to keep a truck fleet rolling without it. READ MORE

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technicians, Decisiv

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, December 13, 2016 1:43 PM | » Comments(1)

Is Another Round of Emissions Wars Coming?

Photo: Jim Park

The election of Donald Trump as president has opened up questions about many issues that most people thought were settled. Heavy truck emissions are one such topic. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts addresses the issue in his new Truck Tech blog. READ MORE

Tags: Environment, Regulations, Diesel Emissions, Donald Trump

Author: Jack Roberts | Posted @ Tuesday, December 6, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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Jack Roberts

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As a licensed commercial driver, HDT senior editor Jack Roberts often reports on ground-breaking technical developments and trends in an industry being transformed by technology. With more than two decades covering trucking, in Truck Tech he offers his insights on everything from the latest equipment, systems and components, to telematics and autonomous vehicle technologies.

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