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It’s all about making the best of 50 square feet of living space.
How Nice Cabs Can Affect Driver Satisfaction
By Jim Park
Whatever the reason for their discontent, the driver turnover rate for 2014 wound up at over 95%. Perhaps a newer, better mattress would help them sleep better at night or an on-board satellite TV system or a more comfortable seat?
Being able to do other things while in autonomous mode could make the job more productive and attractive to drivers. Photo: Freightliner
Can Autonomous Trucks Solve the Driver Shortage?
By Deborah Lockridge
One thing the developers of autonomous technologies have emphasized is that they are not a “driverless truck.” So how can they help with the driver shortage? Part 7 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.
The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success. 
Fleets Can Help Drivers Maximize Fuel Economy
By Jim Park
The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success. Part 6 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.
Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
Commentary: The Reality of Autonomous Trucks
By Deborah Lockridge
If autonomous Trucks aren't driverless, what, then, are the potential benefits? Think of it as cruise control on steroids.
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.

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Photo courtesy of TBHC Delivers.
Food Service Fleet's Video Tech Improves Safety
TBHC Delivers, based in Nashville, deploys SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its fleet and sees dramatic decreases in driver texting and excessive speeding.
TA Kicks Off St. Christopher Relief Fund Campaign
TravelCenters of America has launched its annual campaign to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which helps truckers suffering from medical-related financial hardship.
Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?
By David Cullen
The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”
Nebraska Trucker Pleads Guilty to Threatening FMCSA Inspector
A Nebraska trucker could face up to a year in prison for threatening FMCSA employees over the phone.
FMCSA Supports GAO Recommendations for HOS
FMCSA has voiced its support of a U.S. Government Accountability Office report that examined the hours-of-service changes that were implemented in 2013.
OSHA Fines Trucking Firm over Driver Suspension
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Oak Harbor Freight Lines $20,000 for retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when sick or fatigued.
Some port drivers in Savannah believe they are "misclassified" as independent contractors. Photo via Justice for Port Truckers.
Contractor/Employee Debate Heating up at Ports
By Deborah Lockridge
Are drivers who handle the drayage of intermodal containers into and out of the nation's ports employees or independent contractors? The controversy was visible this week at ports on both coasts.
Photo via Caltrans
Interstate 10 To Reopen After Bridge Collapse
Interstate 10 near the border between California and Arizona will reopen to traffic this week after the bridge was washed out earlier in the week by flooding.
Driver Involved in Crash Declared Imminent Hazard
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has declared a Kentucky-licensed truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after a crash investigation revealed several cases of falsified records.
J&R Schugel to Offer Drivers EpicVue DirecTV
The satellite TV package will be available for as many as 150 company and lease-purchase drivers and owner-operators as a pass-along benefit for $60 per month.

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KeepTruckin eLog App is Redesigned KeepTruckin’s Electronic Logbook App has been redesigned with a new interface, features and expanded support.
Wisconsin Releases 511 Travel Information App The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has launched the 511 Wisconsin app that provides statewide travelers with information on traffic conditions.
Pegasus TransTech Updates Transflo Mobile+ App Pegasus TransTech announced the version 1.5 upgrade to its Transflo Mobile+ application designed for customizing load workflow for drivers.
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.
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