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October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Budweiser Delivers First Shipment Using Autonomous Truck

The driver monitored the 120-mile trip on I-25 from the sleeper. Photo courtesy Otto.

Otto and Budweiser announced Tuesday that they have reached a major milestone on the road to autonomous trucking with the completion of the world’s first shipment using a self-driving truck.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Profit Up 4.7%, Paccar Down Nearly 20%

At a time when many trucking companies are reporting lower third quarter earnings, Swift Transportation bucked the trend, but truck and engine maker Paccar saw its earnings fall.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Peterbilt, Earnings, Paccar Financial, Swift Transportation, DAF, Fleet Earnings

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Emerging Leaders Nominations Extended Through Friday

The deadline has been extended for the HDT Emerging Leaders honor. We're looking for young trucking industry leaders who are making a difference.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Tighter Utilization Boosts Intermodal Competitive Index

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index rebounded in August to a reading of 2.16, easing some of the concerns of the previous month’s weak reading, according to FTR.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, FTR

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Rebound

New preliminary numbers suggest U.S. manufacturers started the fourth quarter in a strong fashion, and other numbers point to an improving overall economy in the final three months of the year -- with manufacturing and housing, two key areas related to truck freight, helping lead the way.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns Drivers About Defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Image via FMCSA

The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to drivers and passengers of commercial vehicles, warning them of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged or defective lithium batteries and the recently recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

Tags: FMCSA, Recalls, Hazardous Materials, Samsung

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Two Charged with Impersonating Transportation Agencies

Two individuals have been charged for allegedly tricking small trucking companies into paying them for federal and state motor carrier registrations by impersonating government transportation agencies.

Tags: Vehicle Registration, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Crime

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Lukewarm Class 8 Orders See Trivial Increase

Net Class 8 truck orders in September increased modestly from the previous month, possibly signaling that a historically weak season for orders was ending.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Profit Falls While Daimler Gains

Earnings for two of the world’s biggest truck makers varied greatly in the third quarter, according to figures released on Friday, and both had a dim view of upcoming sales in the North American market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks North America, Dana Incorporated

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Heartland, Werner, Forward Air Profits Fall, Marten Stable

UPDATED -- The third quarter earnings season continued on Thursday with the release of reports showing more trucking companies had lower earnings compared to a year ago, with another held on.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Heartland Express, Forward Air, Fleet Earnings, Marten Transport

October 20, 2016 - Product News

MacroPoint Freight Tracking Added to GlobalTranz TMS

MacroPoint’s load tracking solution has been fully integrated into the GlobalTranz proprietary transportation management system platform, allowing users to automate track and trace capabilities

Tags: Macropoint, TMS, Asset Tracking, Software Integration

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Roadcheck 2016 Scores Record Low in Out of Service Violations

Photo via CVSA

For the second year in a row, out-of-service violations were issued at record-low levels by inspectors during the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck.

Tags: Inspections, CVSA, Roadcheck, Out of Service Violations

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup this week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Tags: Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Large Pickups, Vehicle Production

October 19, 2016 - Product News

Magellan Rolls Out Trio of Fleet Management Solutions

GPS navigation vendor Magellan has rolled out three fleet management solutions, including a rugged navigation device, hours of service compliance solution, and routing solution aimed at municipal fleets.

Tags: Municipal Fleets, Hours of Service, Routing, Magellan, ELDs, Fleet Technology Expo

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant Profit Plunges 62%, Landstar Slips 7.6%

Profit for the Tennessee-based parent to Covenant Transport plummeted in the third quarter, while Landstar System recorded only a 7.6% decline, according to numbers released late Wednesday afternoon.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Landstar System, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Southern Refrigerated Transport

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Fleets Honored for Sustainability and Efficiency at FTX

James Cade of Ruan Transportation Managment at the awards ceremony for the Heavy Duty Sustainability category. Photo: Jim Park

Several heavy duty fleets were recognized and six took the top honors for sustainability and efficiency at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo at an Oct. 19 ceremony in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Sustainability, Awards, Fleet Technology Expo, Efficiency

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Index Disappoints After Offering ‘False Hope’

After offering a glimmer of “less bad” hope in August, one measure of freight shipments data in September disappointed.

Tags: Economy, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Jump, May Push Interest Rates Higher

While the strength of nation’s homebuilding market has eased just a bit, it remains robust. Meanwhile, a measure of consumer prices show it’s approaching a level the Federal Reserve has said it needs to hit in order to raise interest rates.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, GDP, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Home Building, Gross Domestic Product

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

I-95 Now Open Through North Carolina

Image: North Carolina DOT

Interstate 95 has been re-opened throughout North Carolina after earlier closures due to Hurricane Matthew. However, I-95 Southbound is reduced to one lane at two locations in the state.

Tags: North Carolina, Hurricane Matthew

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Is a Video Safety Strategy in Your Future?

Forward-facing cameras catch the action. Hopefully you're not in the wrong at the time. YouTube screen capture.

Fleets are becoming very curious about on board video recording devices. There are dozens of very good reason to get get serious about acquiring such systems, but there's a downside to the systems as well. Mike Nalepka, CEO of VideoProtects.com, shared his thoughts on truck cams at Bobit Business Media's Fleet technology Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Camera System, Driver Coaching, Fleet Technology Expo

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards Nearly $1 Million to Help Train Veterans as Drivers

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The FMCSA has awarded close to $1 million in grants to seven technical and community colleges to help train military veterans and their families for jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Grant Funding, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Volatile Truck Tonnage Index Falls 5.8%

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonal adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index shrank 5.8% in September, erasing the 5% increase of the month before.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Remain Down From Last Year

Truckload linehaul and intermodal rates are continuing their declines despite some slight improvements, according to two new reports.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth, Peterbilt Return to MATS for 2017

Photo courtesy of Paccar

After a year in which none of the major Class 8 OEMs exhibited at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth and Peterbilt announced that they will return to the show for 2017.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Industry Event, OEMs, MATS, Events

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Survey Examines How Fleets are Saving Fuel

ATRI has conducted a survey of nearly 100 fleet managers and representing over 114,500 trucks to examine fuel economy and fuel usage among fleets of different sizes and needs.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey, ATRI

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