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September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Vans Tests Drone-Delivery Program

Mercedes-Benz Vans, Matternet, and Siroop start a pilot project for on-demand delivery of e-commerce goods in Zurich. Photos: Mercedes-Benz.

The Matternet M2 drones used in the pilot can carry packages of up to 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) over distances of up to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Utility Fleets, Switzerland, Delivery Fleets, Drones

September 28, 2017 - Product News

PrePass Offers Tolling Analytics Solution

Photo: Help Inc.

Help Inc., provider of the truck weigh station bypass service PrePass, has introduced Inform Tolling - a new tolling data analytics solution for medium and large trucking companies to monitor and manage toll transactions.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Tolls, Analytics, Help Inc., PrePass, Toll Management

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Two-Day ELD Implementation Event

Photo: Roehl Transport

As required by federal law, all motor carriers subject to the ELD Rule must convert from paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD if they do not have an Automatic On-Board Recording Device by Dec. 18 of this year.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, AOBRD, Training

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Continue Moving Higher Following Hurricanes

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market rose as freight rates moved higher again for the week ending Sept. 23, according to new figures from DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Organizer: New NACV Truck Show Opened Strong

The view of the Daimler Trucks North America booth from one of the meeting rooms above the show floor at the inaugural NACV Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The numbers are not all in yet, but given preliminary figures and his own expert sense of how shows go, one of the organizers of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show was ready to declare it a solid success at the end of the third of its four-day inaugural run, despite comments from some exhibitors about light attendance.

Tags: NACV Show, Events

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Digital Supply Chain Offers Greater Potential Than Electric, Autonomous Trucks

Persio Lisboa talks to suppliers about the need to be leaders in technology to improve trucking productivity.

Amidst a show where major topics of conversation included electrification of commercial vehicles and the path to autonomous trucks, one industry exec said the digital supply chain will be the next big breakthrough in trucking productivity.

Tags: Navistar, Supply Chain Management, NACV Show, Disruptive Technology, Connected Vehicle Technology

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards Over $70M in Grants For Commercial Vehicle Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded more than $70 million in grants and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Grant Funding, Federal Grants

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Sees One Strong Year Leading into Another

Göran Nyberg speaking at NACV show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Alluding to Volvo’s rollout of not one but two new trucks in the past few month, Volvo Trucks North America President Göran Nyberg declared “it’s a great year to introduce a new truck.”

Tags: Truck Sales, Volvo Trucks North America

September 25, 2017 - Product News

TomTom Launches Flexible Bridge Hub Solution

Photo: TomTom

TomTom has launched the TomTom Bridge Hub in North America, announcing pre-order availability of the connected mobility and electronic logging device compatibility solution.

Tags: TomTom, Connected Vehicle Technology, Navigation, Mobility, ELDs, ELD Mandate, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Product News

Zonar Docs Streamlines Reporting for Small to Medium-Sized Fleets

Photo: Zonar

Zonar has announced a new Zonar Docs image capturing solution for paperwork management and a new integration with the ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system.

Tags: Continental, Zonar, Document Management, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Software Integration

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Gauging the Tech that Will Drive the Future of Trucking

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist says the technologies set to most potently change trucking are connectivity, electromobility and automation.  Photo: David Cullen

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist sees the potential for a chicken-or-egg dynamic slowing down how quickly smart trucks and smart highways can be integrated to leverage their potential to boost trucking efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks North America, Smart Trucks, Smart Highways

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Tags: AAA

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Four Former Pilot Executives Plead Guilty to Rebate Fraud

Four former Pilot employees pleaded guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud. Photo: Evan Lockridge

John Freeman, former sales VP of Pilot Flying J, has pleaded guilty alongside three other former Pilot employees of mail fraud and wire fraud after the FBI found that Pilot defrauded 5,500 customers of over $56 million.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Payment Cards

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Improve

A first-look at how the manufacturing economy is performing this month shows conditions have improved to a two-month high, while a separate report indicates the overall economy improved again in August as the outlook calls for continued growth through the second half of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators, Gross Domestic Product

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Ready to Shift Into High Gear, Conditions Index Indicates

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for July remains in a positive range with a reading of 5.75, reflecting tightening capacity, rising spot rates.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Labor Costs, Market Trends, FTR, TCI, Trucking Conditions Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Growing Stronger

Newly released figures show the market for truckload freight shipments is improving and the intermodal sector has completed nearly a year of increasing rates while the outlook for both has improved.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Hit 2-Year Highs, Hurricane Effects Continue

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have come and gone but their effects on supply chains continue, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, with spot freight rates remaining at two-year highs.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 21, 2017 - Product News

HighJump and KeepTruckin Integrate Fleet Management Platforms

Image via KeepTruckin

The integration is an effort from HighJump and KeepTruckin to enable truckload carriers to comply with the latest FMCSA ELD rule while streamlining operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Management Software, HOS, HighJump Software, ELD Mandate, ELDs, Software Integration

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slow, New Construction Uneven

Existing-home sales stumbled in August for the fourth time in five months as strained supply levels continue to subdue overall activity. And housing starts fell for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Housing Starts, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Trucking Services Getting Out of Driver Training Business

A Celadon Driving Academy student practices his driving skill on a TransSim simulator. Photo: Celadon

Days after it announced it was selling off its flatbed division, Indiana-based Celadon said it’s getting out of the driver training business.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Truck Drivers, Celadon Group, Celadon, Truck Driving Schools

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Continues to Beef up Lobbying Team

The American Trucking Associations has added two more hires to its Capitol Hill team, announcing Ed Gilroy as the federation’s new senior vice president of legislative affairs and Jay Lim as vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Lobbying

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

New TMW Data Community Expands Market Intelligence Capabilities

TMW announced a new, industry-wide data warehouse to help carriers, 3PLs and other users do benchmarking and get other data-based insights.

Tags: TMW Systems, Big Data, Data Analysis

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Profit Falls Due to Cyberattack, Hurricane Harvey

FedEx earnings during its fiscal 2018 first quarter fell 17% from a year ago as a result of a cyberattack and Hurricane Harvey, despite a slight improvement in revenue.

Tags: FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Hurricane Harvey, FedEx

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

AscendTMS, FreightRover Integrate Services

Photo: AscendTMS

The partnership allows any accepted load by a carrier or driver, via the FreightRover website or app, to automatically update the AscendTMS software.

Tags: Software, TMS, Load Board, AscendTMS, Fleet Management Software, Mobile Apps

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

3 Tech Trends from McLeod User Conference

Tom McLeod talks to reporters at the McLeod Software 2017 User Conference. Photo: McLeod Software

In a roundtable with trucking reporters at the McLeod 2017 User Conference in Atlanta, McLeod executives talked about a number of technology trends affecting their fleet customers and the industry at large, including ELDs, blockchain, and making sense of the vast amount of data available to fleets.

Tags: McLeod Software, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Data Analysis, Blockchain

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