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Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.
The Automated Revolution is Real
By Jim Park
After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.
Maverick last year completed a $4 million expansion of its training center. Photo: Maverick Transportation
Driver Dilemma: Train for the Long Haul
By David Cullen
Start with the basics when training drivers – but it may pay to look back to bring them ahead.
Henry Popplewell of SkyBitz and Chris Smallwood of U.S. Xpress shared details on the fleet's experience since implementing SkyBitz’s trailer tracking system. Photo: Jim Beach
4 Ways Technology Can Improve Fleet Operations
By Jim Beach
Information technology permeates all parts of a successful trucking fleet's operations today, and sessions at ALK's Transportation Technology Summit last week showcased technology used in trailer detention management, in-cab navigation, in-cab video and driver hiring.
Art via HNI Blog
How to Prepare for the CVSA Inspection Blitz
By HNI
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual roadside inspection blitz is on the calendar for June 2-4. Here are some best practices to make sure your drivers' truck inspections go as smoothly as possible.
The Inspiration Truck held its first demonstration on the Hoover Dam. Photo: Daimler
The Freightliner Inspiration Event
By HDT Staff
Daimler unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Autonomous Truck to much fanfare and HDT was there to cover it all in the Nevada desert.

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Truck Platooning Report Shows Fuel Economy Gains
A report on the first phase of research into the possible benefits of truck platooning technologies showed that all trucks in a platoon gained fuel efficiencies, with the lead truck gaining as much as a 5 percent improvement while the trailing truck got up to 10 percent improvement.
Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Continental Tire Sponsors Truck Racing Series
Continental Tire the Americas has been named the tire sponsor of the ChampTruck truck racing series in 2015.
Driver Group Seeks to Fund Mammogram Screenings
The Truckers Solutions Group wants to raise money to bring a mobile mammogram unit to a trucking show to provide free screenings to CDL holders.
J.J Keller Updates Driver Training Resources
J.J. Keller & Associates has released the third editions of the J.J. Keller Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual and Instructor’s Supplement.
Photo by Jim Park
Video: The Autonomous Truck Comes to Life
By Jim Park
HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.
Image: FMCSA
DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices
By David Cullen
The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.
Ruling stems from class-action suit brought earlier by Penske Logistics drivers in California. Image: Penske
Supreme Court Upholds California Driver Break Rules
By David Cullen
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied motions seeking to overturn a ruling that upheld a California statute requiring a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours and a paid 30-minute meal period every five hours for truck drivers.
Proposed rule would replace individual exemptions for insulin-treated drivers with annual medical certification. Image: FMCSA
Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers
By David Cullen
The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.
Drivers at four port trucking companies had been on strike since April 27. Photo via Justice for Port Drivers
Striking Port Truckers Return to Work
By Steven Martinez
After a week of striking at port terminals and businesses across southern California, truckers from all of the affected companies have returned to work.
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ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk
By David Cullen
The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

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Trucker Path Now Tracks Parking Availability A new feature has been added to the Trucker Path app allowing users to see parking availability in locations across the country.
Navman’s Drive Apps Streamline Driver Workflow Navman Wireless released the Drive suite of applications combining fleet management, communication, navigation, dispatching, and documentation systems into a single interface.
Idaho Releases Trucker Version of 511 App The Idaho Transportation Department has released a specialized trucker’s version of its traveler services 511 mobile app that reformats the information in the standard app for commercial vehicles.
Bose Ride System II Delivers New Features, More Functionality Adjustable seat settings will help drivers who are accustomed to the firmer feel of an air ride seat will find the Bose II seats easier to get used to.
Multi-Capable Jensen HD Bluetooth Radio Coming in May The radio that integrates with a truck’s electrical system and can be Bluetooth-linked to smart phones, which then are operated by the radio.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Understanding new regulations to keep your freight and all drivers safe
New regulatory requirements are demanding higher levels of accountability. As they do, truck drivers, carriers and fleet owners must step up efforts to implement safety programs and stay current with new, amended or suspended regulations. This special report explains the newest regulations in the industry.
A Whitepaper Guide to Improving the ROI of Driver Safety
Best practices for driver risk management and fostering a culture of driver safety are outlined in this timely white paper. With so many drivers on the road today, creating a culture of safety is an ongoing effort. Businesses must recognize and understand their risks and take proactive steps to ensure they understand real-time changes in driving behaviors that warrant concern.
Improve Fleet Performance by Changing Driver Behavior
GPS vehicle tracking provides a powerful tool for managing your vehicles more effectively, helping you control fleet costs and improving productivity. Fleet operation isn’t just about the vehicles but also the people who drive them.

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