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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 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

J.J. Keller Program Lets Fleets Reserve ELDs

Photo: J.J. Keller

With some industry observers worrying about whether the supply of electronic logging devices will meet the demand as we near the Dec. 17 deadline to install the mandatory devices, J.J. Keller & Associates announced it will make the transition earlier for fleets who want to wait until closer to the deadline.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB Faults Trucker and Motorist in Fatal Tesla Crash

Joshua Brown's Tesla sedan, after the crash with a truck that took his life. Photo: NTSB/Florida Highway Patrol

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s “inattention due to over-reliance on vehicle automation” are the probable cause of the May 7, 2016, collision of a tractor-trailer and a Tesla S sedan operating in autonomous mode.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla Model S, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous, Tesla

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Senate to Hold Hearing on Automated Trucks

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing. Photo: Office of Sen. John Thune

On Sept. 13, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota will convene a hearing to examine the potential benefits and impacts of automated commercial vehicles.

Tags: Senate, Senate Commerce Committee, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive, Semi-Autonomous

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wildfires Bring States of Emergency in the West

A member of the Oregon National Guard firefighting team assigned to the Horse Prairie Fire, near Camas Valley, Ore.  Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Van Mourik / 173rd Fighter Wing/ Public Affairs

Certain federal motor carrier regulations have been suspended in some Western states due to large wildfires, as governors have declared officials states of emergency in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and the Dakotas.

Tags: Washington, Montana, Fire, Oregon, Natural Disaster, Emergencies

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

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

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive

September 7, 2017 - Product News

Blue Tree’s Anticipation Feature Tracks Braking Efficiency

The Anticipation feature measures the gap in time between lifting off an accelerator and applying the brakes. Image via Blue Tree Systems

Blue Tree Systems introduced a new feature called Anticipation, which tracks and measures the gap between acceleration and brake usage in normal driving.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Blue Tree Systems, Driver Coaching, Telematics, Fuel Efficiency, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

Tags: FMCSA, Florida, Regulations, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

September 6, 2017 - Product News

Hub Group Adopts SmartDrive Video Safety Platform

Screenshot via SmartDrive

Hub Group has adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety platform for its fleet of more than 2,600 tractors, with the aim of improving driver safety and fuel economy.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Hub Group, Drivers, Safety

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Agency Will Reply to Anti-ELD Petition Filed by OOIDA

Queried by HDT as to whether or not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds that states cannot enforce the new electronic logging device rule until they too have passed into law specific ELD rules, the agency told HDT that it is “presently preparing a fact-based response.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, CVSA, ELD, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Get Ready for Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Day is set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 across North America.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Bendix, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Texas, Hours of Service, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Crew Cab Trucks for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 117,000 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety, Crew Cab

August 30, 2017 - Product News

ITI Offers Online Urban Driving Courses

Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies has announced a series of online Urban Driving courses, designed to teach urban driving techniques for a variety of vehicle configurations, including light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Online Training, Pro-Tread, Instructional Technologies, Safety & Compliance

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Clinic Owner Given 5 Years Probation for Invalid Trucker Medical Exams

The owner of a medical clinic was sentenced for his role in a fraud scheme involving false medical examinations of truckers and veterans.

Tags: FMCSA, Crime & Fraud, Medical Examiners

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Must Pass Rules Before Federal ELD Mandate Is Enforced

Photo: FMCSA

Just when you thought further action to halt or delay the ELD rule was beyond unlikley, OOIDA has petitioned FMCSA anew.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, ELD Mandate, ELDs, CVSA

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

UK Announces Series of Truck Platoon Tests

The British government has awarded a grant of €8.1 million to test truck platooning on public roadways. Photo: Scania

The British government has awarded funding that will enable a series of truck platoon tests on public roadways in the United Kingdom beginning next year.

Tags: United Kingdom, Europe, England, Scania, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Public Meeting on CSA-Scoring Action Plan

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a public meeting for Sept. 8 to solicit comments on recommendations on reforming the agency’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime made by the National Academies of Science.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, National Academy of Sciences

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Probably Pulled Over to Watch the Eclipse

Photo via Lytx

Video-based telematics provider Lytx found that truck drivers seemed to join in with the rest of the country last week to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, according to data from trucks equipped with its DriveCam system.

Tags: DriveCam, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Solar Eclipse, Drivers, Driver Safety

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA to Take Phased-In Approach to ELD Mandate

Are enforcement personnel ready for Dec. 18 ELD deadline? Photo: Kentucky State Police

The nation’s commercial vehicle enforcement officials say there’s no reason to delay the December start date for the electronic logging device mandate – but they will delay implementing out-of-service criteria related to ELDs until April 1, 2018.

Tags: CVSA, Enforcement, ELD Mandate

August 27, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Causing Historic Flooding in South Texas

Screenshot from KHOU 11 News

With the National Weather Service calling Hurricane Harvey "unprecedented" and "beyond anything experienced," hundreds of highways are closed, trucking is already mobilizing relief, and at least one trucker was among the thousands who had to be rescued over the weekend.

Tags: Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, FEMA, Texas, Natural Disaster, Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Travel Advisories in Effect as Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas

The National Hurricane Center is advising against all but essential local travel on roadways affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Meteorologists say the storm could dump up to 30 inches of water on the Texas and Louisiana coasts and are urging drivers to stay off of roads.

Tags: Hurricanes, Louisiana, Storm Response, Texas DOT, Hurricane Harvey

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