Safety & Compliance

From left, Greg Eddy, president and CEO of Venture Logistics; Don Hinkle, vice president of equipment services at YRC Worldwide; and  Maverick Vice President of Maintenance Mike Jeffress. Photo by Evan Lockridge

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Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

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

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NTSB Faults Trucker and Motorist in Fatal Tesla Crash

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.

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

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Senate to Hold Hearing on Automated Trucks

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

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

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Wildfires Bring States of Emergency in the West

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.

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

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Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

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.

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

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Blue Tree’s Anticipation Feature Tracks Braking Efficiency

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

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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.

Photo: J.J. Keller

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House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

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.

Screenshot via SmartDrive

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Hub Group Adopts SmartDrive Video Safety Platform

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.

Is that an AOBRD or an ELD? Photo: Roehl Transport

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What You Need to Know About ELD Mandate Enforcement

Whether you’ve got your electronic logging devices on order, or you’re still researching your options, there are many questions out there regarding just what’s going to happen at the roadside when the ELD mandate goes into effect Dec. 18.

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Why Fleets Should Be Looking Beyond ELD
With the ELD Mandate deadline looming, fleets are understandably focused on ensuring they are compliant. But many fleets are planning to minimally comply, investing as little as possible in ELD technology – for those fleets, ELDs will always be a cost center. For fleets taking a long-term view, ELDs can be a profit center.
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