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October 4, 2015

Truck Quality, Fuel Efficiency to Drive Strong Orders into 2016

“We do not think economic conditions have to be amazing to have a good trucking industry," said a Freightliner executive, predicting strong truck orders into 2016.

September 16, 2015

Driving Freightliner’s Autonomous Truck

Sometimes, trucking journalists do very funny things — like being certified to drive a truck that is pretty much able to drive by itself.

September 16, 2015

Freightliner Maps Long Road Ahead for Autonomous Truck Technology

It will take rewriting a sheaf of regulations and presenting a compelling business case on safety and fuel-economy gains to fleet operators before a Level 3 autonomous truck, like the Freightliner Inspiration demonstration truck, becomes a production tractor.

August 27, 2015

Freightliner 122SD Gets Two Optional Allison Transmissions

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that the Freightliner 122SD severe-duty truck model can now be spec’d with Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) and Oil Field Series (OFS) automatic transmissions.

July 28, 2015

Daredevil Shatters Record with 166-foot Truck Jump

Equipment Editor Jim Park, can think of a lot of things he'd like to do in a big truck, but jumping over a 160-foot abyss isn't one of them. In his 'On the Road' blog he explains he'll gladly leave that to the professionals.

June 24, 2015

QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul

Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.

June 23, 2015

Daimler Names Freightliner Custom Chassis Head, HR Manager

David Carson is taking over as president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., following the retirement of Bob Harbin, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America has announced.

June 22, 2015

High-mpg Model Round-Up

The best fuel economy starts with a truck model specifically designed to squeeze the most possible miles from a gallon of diesel fuel and all major builders offer these for their on-highway customers.

June 16, 2015

Agility Now Freightliner's Sole Natural Gas Fuel System Provider

Freightliner signs exclusive deal with Agility Fuel Systems for its natural gas fuel systems. Under a seven-year agreement between the two companies, Agility will provide custom-designed products, according to the custom chassis manufacturer.

June 15, 2015

Freightliner, Dodge Sprinter Vans Join Takata Recall

More than 40,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans need new passenger-side frontal air bags because the existing ones have defective inflators.

June 1, 2015

Focus On... Daimler's SuperTruck [VIDEO]

When Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its SuperTruck at MATS, audiences were wowed by its 12.2 mpg fuel mileage and 115% improvement in freight efficiency - even if they didn't know exactly what that meant. Equipment Editor Jim Park got a 30-minute ride in the truck and brings this report on the experience.

May 18, 2015

Video: In the Cab of Freightliner's Autonomous Truck

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.

May 11, 2015

Video: The Autonomous Truck Comes to Life

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.

May 7, 2015

The Freightliner Inspiration Event

Daimler unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Autonomous Truck to much fanfare and HDT was there to cover it all in the Nevada desert.

May 7, 2015

Video: A Quick Look at Freightliner's Autonomous Truck at Work

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 public highways. Video by Deborah Lockridge, Heavy Duty Trucking.

May 6, 2015

Freightliner Inspiration Truck

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Truck in Nevada, where it is the first autonomous truck legally licensed to travel on public highways, according to the company. Journalists from around the world got a chance to see it up close.

May 6, 2015

Fontaine-Modified M2 Trucks Recalled for Brake Light Glitch

Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.

May 5, 2015

Autonomous Freightliner Premieres With Hoover Dam Fanfare

Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.

May 5, 2015

Freightliner's Hoover Dam Inspiration

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its Freightliner Inspiration Truck, an autonomous truck licensed for Nevada highways, in grand scale at the Hoover Dam after projecting past, present and future milestones on the dam itself. The Inspiration Truck drove across the dam as the finale.

May 5, 2015

Freightliner Autonomous Truck First Licensed for U.S. Highways

"Thank you for looking at the impossible and finding a safe way to make it possible." That's what Nevada Gov. Brian Sondoval said to Daimler Trucks North America officials when he officially granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States.



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