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April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Safety Groups Seek End to Roadway Fatalities

Photo via Minesweeper/Wikimedia.

A coalition of safety groups has released an ambitious plan to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050 in response to rising fatalities in recent years that have reversed the progress of earlier decades.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Research, Safety

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

Interim NHTSA Chief Nominated to Lead Agency

Photo of Heidi King, deputy administrator of NHTSA, courtesy of that agency.

President Donald Trump has nominated Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more than a year after taking office. King has been serving as the interim head of the nation's top road safety agency.

Tags: NHTSA, Safety, Donald Trump, Executive Appointment, U.S. Senate

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mobility Research Center Opens in Michigan with Microsoft Support

The American Center for Mobility provides a myriad of real-world environments with the ability to test under a range of driving environments. Photo: ACM

Microsoft is the exclusive data and cloud provider for the mobility center at the historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.

Tags: Research, Microsoft, Safety, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Vehicle Testing, Michigan, Big Data

March 13, 2018 - Product News

SmartDrive Launches Video Safety Platform With New Hardware

SmartDrive's SR4 hardware is more than 50% smaller than previous iterations to reduce the distraction to the driver, especially for dash- and windshield-mounted equipment. Photo: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems launched the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware for fleets, offering a comprehensive video- and sensor-based intelligence platform for fleets looking to improve driver habits and safety.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, Wabco, Drivers, In-Vehicle Video, Connected Vehicles, Safety, Training, ADAS

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations on Propane Tankers

NTSB has issued six safety recommendations regarding the loading of propane tanker trucks. Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations on loading and inspecting propane truck tankers after its investigation of a 2016 crash.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, NTSB, Tankers, Propane Transport, Safety

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

NTSB will investigate the latest autonomous vehicle crash, which occured the first day on the job for this AAA/Keolis electric van. Photo: Twitter

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

Tags: AAA, NTSB, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Adopts AAA Advanced Safety Tech Recommendations

Photo: Maverick Transportation

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, commonly known as the Trucking Alliance, announced that its carrier members must use four truck-safety technologies that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded are critical to reducing large truck crashes and saving lives.

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Safety, Air Brakes, AAA, Hair Testing, In-Vehicle Video, Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Expert: Truck Safety Begins and Ends with All of Us

Volvo's Carl Johan Almqvist: “The multimillion dollar question is why do accidents happen?” Photo: David Cullen

ORLANDO – Getting beyond the always sobering yet stultifying dry facts and figures that safety experts often recite to make their case, Volvo Trucks’ Traffic and Product Safety Director Carl Johan Almqvist presented a common-sense take on why vehicle accidents occur and what we can all do to help prevent them.

Tags: Volvo, Driver Safety, Highway Safety, ATA, Safety

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

NHTSA: Highway Deaths Rise Again, Including Those Involving Trucks

Photo: FMCSA

The latest traffic crash data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in calendar year 2016 – marking a significant increase of 5.6% over the same period in 2015.

Tags: Safety, Highway Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Safety & Compliance

August 20, 2017 - Product News

ZF Brings Reax Electronic Steering System to Heavy Truck Market

ZF's ReAx steering system mounts to a truck steering column and provides steering assistance based on real-time driver needs. Photo: ZF Group

ZF's new Reax electronic steering system reads sensors from a wide array of vehicle systems and provides drivers with augmented control automatically tailored to specific driving situations.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Retention, Safety, Steering

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Summertime Road Show Regional Forums

With no fanfare and nearly as little publicity, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun holding day-long regional forums to discuss how to improve the highway safety performance of commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Enforcement, ELDs, CSA, Safety

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Continues to Build New Leadership Team

USA Truck has made another appointment as it continues to build its executive leadership team, naming Allen Lowry as vice president, safety and risk management.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck, Safety

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Paper Transport Safety Director Wins HDT's Safety & Compliance Award

Rich Wilson (left), Omnitracs' senior sales manager; Ken Marvenko, director of safety and driver development at Paper Transport, with his Safety and Compliance Award; and Stephane Babcock, managing editor of Heavy Duty Trucking at the Fleet Safety Conference. Photo: Andy Lundin

Paper Transport’s director of safety and driver development, Ken Marvenko, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2017 Safety & Compliance award during a ceremony on July 25 at the Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Safety

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix-Based Safety System Standard on Volvo VNL and VNR Models

Bendix Wingman Fusion-based safety system is now standard on Volvo VNR and VNL trucks. Photo via Bendix

Bendix has announced that for the first time in North America, the camera- and radar-based collision mitigation technology of its Wingman Fusion vehicle safety system is now standard equipment on certain heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Radar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and Göran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

Candi Coate Named to Chair NTTC Safety & Security Council

Photo: NTTC

Candi Coate, director of safety and regulatory compliance at K-Limited Carrier, has been elected chairwoman of the National Tank Truck Carriers’ Safety & Security Council.

Tags: Leadership, People, NTTC, Safety

June 23, 2017 - Product News

New Weather App for Truck Drivers Boasts Aviation-Style Forecasting

The new Weather Company Ground Transporation app also warns of  road conditions such as ice, snow, puddles or wet pavement. Photo: Weather Company

A new, trucking-focused app from the Weather Company provides accurate weather forecasts and real-time updates for 2.2-billion locations around the world every day, with vital data being refreshed every 15 minutes.

Tags: Weather, Safety, Route Planning, Weather Telematics

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. Image courtesy of U.S. DOT.

3M is supplying special lane markings, signage and dedicated short-range communication devices for installation on a stretch of I-75.

Tags: V2I, Safety, Michigan DOT, Connected Vehicles

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

Mixed Truck Fleet Focuses on Safety

Photo courtesy of MiX Telematics and Archrock.

Archrock, a U.S. provider of natural gas contract compression services, has selected MiX Telematics’ MiX Fleet Manager to improve safety, efficiency, and compliance in its mixed truck fleet.

Tags: Telematics, MiX Telematics, Safety, Oil & Gas Fleets, Mixed Truck Fleet

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Screenshot via Knowledge-Dock.com

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

Tags: Maintenance, Online Tool, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Releases Autonomous Vehicle Recommendations

A Freightliner demo driver demonstrates autonomous mode for Daimler Trucks North America's Inspiration Truck, the first autonomous truck to have a license to legally operate on U.S. public highways. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force has delivered recommended guidance to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to help develop policies for testing highly automated vehicles.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

Tags: Inspections, Grants, Safety, Arizona DOT

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Safety Council Honors Fleets, Safety Director, Drivers

The American Trucking Associations' Safety Management Council recognized fleets, drivers and safety directors for their contributions to fleet safety at the Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Oklahoma City.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safety

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Website Previews Proposed CSA Changes

Screenshot of FMCSA's preview site for proposed SMS changes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a set of proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and is seeking comment on the proposals via a special website it's set up to show motor carriers how the changes would affect their safety ratings.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, CSA score, Safety

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