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March 2, 2017 - Industry News

GM Fleet Partners with Spireon on Telematics Solution

Using General Motors’ OnStar hardware, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system to GM fleet customers starting in May 2017.

Tags: OnStar, Telematics, Telogis, General Motors, Spireon, Commercial Link

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo’s Euro Efficiency Concept Truck Now Boasts Hybrid Power

Euro-spec Volvo Concept Truck boasts hybrid diesel-electric powertrain. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid truck designed for long-haul applications—a concept vehicle based on its European-spec Volvo FH cabover tractor powered by Volvo’s own D13 Euro 6 emissions-compliant diesel engine.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Europe, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Researchers: Big Data Could Move Trucking Better

Photo: U.S. DOT

Researchers at Iowa State University say that using real-time data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation could help fleets save billions of dollars a year by avoiding congestion.

Tags: Productivity, Traffic Congestion, Iowa, Big Data

March 1, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Launches Integrated Routing, Dispatching and Compliance Solution

Screenshot via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has launched its integrated Routing, Dispatching, and Compliance solution, the company announced at its third annual user conference, Omnitracs Outlook 2017.

Tags: Compliance, Fleet Management Software, Routing, Dispatch, Omnitracs

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

President Trump addressing Congress on Feb. 28. Image via WhiteHouse.gov

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson Academy Offers Online Maintenance Training

Image via Hendrickson

Hendrickson has launched an interactive online education portal called the Hendrickson Academy that provides video-based maintenance and repair procedures for many of the company’s suspensions and components.

Tags: Online Training, Technicians, Hendrickson

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Surging as Construction, Personal Spending Slip

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued expanding in February, according to two surveys of the nation’s purchasing managers. One report shows conditions are the best in two years while the other indicates things are slightly cooler than they were at the beginning of 2017.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Income, Personal Spending

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volume Up Slightly Over Past Week, Rates Flat

Spot truckload freight volumes improved a bit during the week ending Feb. 25 thanks to a 7% gain in flatbed load posts, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but rates were virtually unchanged.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Endorses Developing Autonomous Trucks

Hands-off on the highway in the Freightliner Inspiration, a demo vehicle for autonomous-driving technologies. Photo: David Cullen

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (aka the Trucking Alliance) has announced its unanimous support for the development of autonomous driving technologies for commercial vehicles

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Autonomous Vehicles

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Mack Launches Wireless Software Updates

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has launched Over The Air, which lets customers update software wirelessly to minimize scheduling disruptions and increase efficiency and uptime. The company is also offering a 30-day trial of Mack Fleet Management services with Telogis Fleet.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Software, Telogis, Mack Trucks

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Wireless Monitoring System Checks Battery Charge, Battery Health

The Wireless Monitoring System for commercial vehicles offered by eNow is designed to provide updates on the state of charge and state of health of batteries.

Tags: Batteries, eNow, Electrical System

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Two Studies Examine Truck Parking with New Methods

ATRI used a camera-based system to track parking availability for one of the studies. Source: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has posted two new truck parking studies on its website that use different methods to track available capacity.

Tags: Case Studies, ATRI, Truck Parking, Minnesota DOT

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Goes Public via Merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition

Cargo-securement training at WTI, one of the open-deck carriers in the Daseke family of companies. Photo: Daseke Inc.

Flatbed fleet operator Daseke Inc. became a public company on Feb. 27 by completing its previously announced merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II. The deal included HCAC changing its name to Daseke, Inc.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Creep Upward for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. crept upward last week, continuing a three-week streak of modest increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices, Trends

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Performance Unchanged; Durable Goods Rebound

The widest measure of the nation’s economy performed as first estimated in the final quarter of last year despite a jump in consumer spending, according to a new assessment released Tuesday. Meanwhile, orders for long-lasting durable goods rebounded somewhat in January.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Gross Domestic Product

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA’s DeLorenzo: Move to ELDs Benefits Everyone

FMCSA's DeLorenzo. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, sees it, there are positive reasons why all motor carriers need to be conscious of the upcoming electronic logging device mandate deadline of December 18, 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Omnitracs, Alcohol Testing, ELDs, Compliance

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Awards Two Silver Spark Plugs at Annual Meeting

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has honored two maintenance professionals with the Silver Spark Plug award, the organization's highest honor.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Sees Trucking as “Test Bed” for Autonomous Technology

Spear speaking at Omnitracs Outlook conference. Photo: Stephane Babcock

According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.

Tags: ATA, Omnitracs, Autonomous Vehicles

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Names 2017-2018 General Chairman and Treasurer

Glen McDonald of Memphis, Tenn.-based Ozark Motor Lines has been elected 2017-2018 general chairman and treasurer of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TWNA Announces 2016 Technical Achievement Award Finalists

The Truck Writers of North America has announced the top five finalists for its 2016 Technical Achievement Award, including engines, a disc brake, a steel wheel, and electronic cruise control products.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Appoints Senior Vice President and General Manager

Ray West Photo: TMW Systems

Ray West has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of TMW Systems’ portfolio of transportation management systems, the company announced.

Tags: Leadership, TMW Systems, People

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo, Lawsuits, Global

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Startup Firm Unveils Prototype Autonomous Truck

Prototype autonomous truck in Nevada desert. Photo: Embark

Yet another startup tech firm has rolled into the autonomous truck arena. San Mateo, Calif.-based Embark publicly revealed its prototype self-driving truck on Feb. 24.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment Rise as Fed Mulls Rake Hike

There are increasing signs the U.S. economy is gaining momentum in the first quarter of the year with gains in home sales and consumer confidence, but it is also fueling speculation that interest rates could head higher as soon as next month.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Federal Reserve

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines to Buy Virginia-Based Wilson Trucking

Photo: Central Freight Lines

Central Freight Lines has signed a letter of intent to buy certain assets of Virginia-based Wilson Trucking, a 91-year-old less-than-truckload carrier with 29 terminals in the Southeast.

Tags: LTL, Central Freight Lines, Mergers & Acquisitions

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