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June 29, 2017

A Logistical Close Shave

Gillette now offers razor blade sales direct to its customers. But why is that an important development for truck fleets nationwide? Blog commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

June 21, 2017

Tesla-Truck Crash: Cruise Control on Steroids

New details around the infamous Tesla autonomous driving crash last year bring up an important point about new technology. Jack Roberts has the story in his Truck Tech blog.

May 2, 2017

Group Crafts New Terminology to Describe Emerging Autonomous Vehicle Technology

The Consumer Technology Association, working in conjunction with leading automotive and trucking industry OEMs and suppliers, has worked out a “common lexicon” to help consumers better understand the terms and concepts associated with autonomous vehicle technologies.

April 13, 2017

Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says early-adopter platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to go. An infusion of funding led by Omnitracs will help make that happen.

April 11, 2017

'Made by Human Workers:' Will There be a Backlash Against Automation?

More and more people are starting to question how beneficial the large-scale automation of jobs will be for society as a whole. But all the robots in the world can't overcome the will of the people and the power of the almighty dollar. Jack Roberts has more in the Truck Tech Blog.

April 7, 2017

Hyperloop: A Faster Future for Freight?

Advocates say hyperloop travel tubes will one day shoot passenger and cargo pods between cities faster than the speed of sound. But even if they don't, it's likely the technology associated with them will bring changes to how freight is moved in the future, writes Jack Roberts in the Truck Tech blog.

April 6, 2017

Real-World Fuel Economy Challenge to Hit the Road in September

In September, a contingent of trucks from fleets around the country will hit the road to see if their special blend of vehicles, technology and drivers can log the highest fuel economy numbers in real-world operating conditions.

April 4, 2017

Hints of a Hyper-Competitive Future

In his Truck Tech blog, HDT's Jack Roberts asks, "Could Chinese cars on Irish roads spell trouble for U.S. automakers?"

March 20, 2017

TMC's New Chairman on Trucking's Race to the Future

“I’m really thinking a lot about the ‘TMC of Tomorrow,'" says Glen McDonald, for whom assuming the chairmanship of the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council is a pinnacle moment in his long career in trucking.

November 15, 2016

Commentary: 3 Things to Be Thankful For

You don’t have to be a driver to know there are plenty of things we can complain about in trucking. In the Nov. editorial, editor-in-chief Deborah Lockridge suggests three things trucking can be thankful for.

June 29, 2016

Electronic Measuring Devices Warn If Obstacles Are Too Low

In many states, rigs carrying oversize loads are escorted by pilot cars, some of them equipped with poles to gauge overhead obstructions. There are better ways.

March 15, 2016

Commentary: Don't Keep Looking for a Faster Horse

Throughout history, people have conceptualized the technological future only as a fancier version of the present.

February 17, 2016

HDT Top 20 Products of 2016

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

February 16, 2016

FTR Conference: Class 8 Sales Declining, Mediums, Trailers Still Good

Technology will boost productivity and truck utilization to where demand for equipment will greatly decline, one researcher says.

February 3, 2016

Heavy-Duty Aftermarket in ‘Learning Spiral’

A panel of fleets, dealers, parts distributors and repair garages had far-reaching discussions while taking a 360-degree view of the aftermarket at the recent Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

November 1, 2015

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

July 15, 2015

Commentary: The Unmanned Vision

While much has been made about autonomous trucks lately, at least one group is looking ahead to unmanned vehicles altogether.

July 9, 2015

Old School Plumber Goes High Tech

A telematics system, digital inventory control and pipe cameras have helped this small plumbing fleet create a more efficient working process — while improving and speeding up its customer service.

June 22, 2015

Samsung System Tells Motorists When It's Safe to Pass

Many traffic accidents in Argentina happen when motorists try to pass slower vehicles on two-lane roads.Here's a fix.

June 19, 2015

Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword

The key disrupter in recent years has been the Internet, which has changed the way a number of industries operate. In trucking, e-commerce has profoundly affected trucking operations, especially those that serve retailers.

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