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June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Reveals ‘Wheel with No Air’ Tire Concept

Michelin's long-term Visionary concept can perhaps be best summed up as a "wheel with no air." Photo: Michelin

Looking not unlike a lushly blue life form on James Cameron’s cinematic world of Pandora, the prototype of Michelin’s Visionary concept tire glowingly held center stage at the tire maker’s Movin’ On global conference on sustainable transportation.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Tires and Wheels, Movin' On Conference

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Falls for Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2012 - April 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of total for-hire freight movements in the U.S. fell for the second straight month in April, according to a report issued Wednesday by Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing to Acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing

Penske expects its deal to acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing to close in July of this year. Photo: Penske

When completed, the deal will add approximately 1,400 tractors, trucks, and trailers to Penske's fleet.

Tags: Leasing, Penske Truck Leasing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Old Dominion Freight Line

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Moves into Telematics with NexTraq Acquisition

Michelin's acquisition of NexTraq will enhance the company's solutions for driver safety, fuel management and enhancing fleet productivity. Photo: Michelin

Michelin has announced its pending acquisition of NexTraq, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial fleet communications systems.

Tags: FleetCor Technologies, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, NexTraq, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Taking Long View of Sustainable Transportation

Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard (right) welcomes attendees to Movin’ On conference as Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre looks on. Photo: Michelin

As Ralph Dimenna, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Truck Tires, sees it, the Movin’ On sustainability conference that the global tire maker is hosting this week aims “to promote free thinking” to help address the various issues now impacting transport mobility.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Movin' On Conference

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Names VP of Driver Engagement

Scott Barker has been promoted to vice president of driver engagement at Swift Transportation. Photo: Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation has promoted Scott Barker to vice president of driver engagement, a newly formed role at the company, in charge of providing support for the company's drivers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Drivers

June 13, 2017 - Press Release

OnTerra Systems Updates Route Planning Software

Image: OnTerra Systems

OnTerra Systems and Bing Maps have introduced a new version of its RouteSavvy route planning software based on Bing Maps Version 8 that significantly increases the performance of this route planning tool designed for small to mid-sized fleets, according to the company.

Tags: OnTerra, Route Optimization, Telematics

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund will again run out of money in 2020 if no long-term solutions are found. Photo: HDT file photo

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Orbcomm Buys Fleet Management Software Provider Inthinc

Orbcomm has acquired the assets of Salt Lake City-based Inthinc, a fleet management and driver safety solutions provider.

Tags: inthinc, Mergers & Acquisitions, ORBCOMM

June 12, 2017 - Product News

FourKites Real-Time Temperature Tracking Helps Shippers Stay FSMA-Compliant

FourKite's solution allows shippers to track load temperatures in real time. Image via FourKites.

FourKites has launched a new real-time temperature and location tracking solution for shippers, allowing users to monitor shipment temperatures and ensure compliance across the supply chain.

Tags: Shippers, Asset Tracking, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers, FourKites

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Hear ELD Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to the ELD mandate. Photo: Public domain

Those who were waiting to adopt electronic logging devices hoping the Supreme Court would overturn the ELD mandate as unconstitutional will be disappointed to learn the court has rejected the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's petition.

Tags: OOIDA, Litigation, ELD Mandate, U.S. Supreme Court, ELDs

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

DOT’s Chao Wants Public to Help Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

President Trump making remarks at U.S. DOT headquarters on June 9, 2017, as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao looks on. Photo: U.S. DOT

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has asked the public to comment “on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.”

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Cracks Top 200 in Fortune 500 List

Image: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has moved up to number 191 on the Fortune 500 list, jumping from the 353rd spot last year when it was named the fastest growing company.

Tags: Fortune magazine, Revenues, XPO Logistics

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Two New Rules Would Help Ease Truck Driver Shortage

Photo: U.S. DOT

Two new rules that seek to streamline CDL licensing and cut its costs were proposed on June 9 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Hiring Veterans

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

Beemac Opens New Terminal In Pennsylvania

Photo: Beemac Trucking

Flatbed hauler Beemac Trucking has announced opening a new terminal in Franklin, Penn., to expand its operations in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

Tags: Green Fleets, New Facility, Flatbeds

June 8, 2017 - Product News

TMW Offers Business Intelligence Solution to FinalMile Users

Image via TMW

TMW Systems’ Reveal Series cloud-based business intelligence and data analytics platform is now available as an add-on for users of the company’s Appian FinalMile solutions.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, TMW Systems, Analytics, Data Analysis

June 8, 2017 - Product News

Roadnet Anywhere Update Offers Advanced Fleet Overview Options

Image: Omnitracs

Omnitracs announced the availability of Roadnet Anywhere version 4.5, incorporating advanced vehicle overview features to allow fleet managers to view the status of their entire fleet while also improving workflow on the ground.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Omnitracs, Roadnet Anywhere

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

DOL Withdraws Controversial Obama-Era Independent Contractor Guidance

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies that use independent contractors could be breathing a sigh of relief after the Department of Labor Wednesday withdrew an Obama-era guidance that some viewed as an attack on the owner-operator model used in trucking.

Tags: Department of Labor, Independent Contractors

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

New Economic Indicators for Truck Freight Use DAT Truckload Data

Photo: Volvo

Broughton Capital, an independent financial research firm, has unveiled a set of tools for truckload industry market watchers called DAT Freight Barometers.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions, TransFX, Truckload

June 6, 2017 - Product News

Drivewyze to Operate Weigh Station Bypass Service in California

The U.S. Interstate 80 eastbound Cordelia weigh station now offers Drivewyze weigh station bypass service. Photo: Drivewyze

Drivewyze has announced that it has been awarded the contract to operate its Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service in California.

Tags: Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Live ELD Q&A Sessions in July

Image via FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that in July, it will hold two live question-and-answer sessions about electronic logging devices.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Last Legs for Long-Haul Trucking?

Volvo's Magnus Koeck says a new industry emphasis on regional haul routes was a prime design driver for the OEM's new VNR tractor. Photo: Volvo

A move away from long-haul to regional and super-regional routes has been predicted for years. Volvo's Magnus Koeck says that shift may already be underway.

Tags: Drivers, Volvo Trucks, Ports, Panama Canal, Long-Haul Trucks, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

New Report Highlights Truck Driver Preferences on the Road

Graphic via One20

One20 has released its inaugural TopOne20 report highlighting data about drivers, their travel center preferences, and other industry trends.

Tags: Driver Behavior, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, One20

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

Photo: FMCSA

Hoping to develop “statistically reliable evidence” on whether split-sleeper-berth time affects driver safety performance and fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a pilot program that would give a limited number of CDL holders temporary relief from the existing sleeper-berth regulation of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Split Sleeper Berth, Hours of Service

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Exploring Self-Driving Trucks

Waymo's fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Photo: Waymo

Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous-driving unit Waymo is now also developing self-driving trucks, per published reports.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

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