HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

April 2015

Cover Story By Jim Beach
Where the Connected Fleet is Headed

While self-driving trucks plying smart streets in smart cities may be decades away, for most carriers, the connected fleet is a reality and that connectivity will only increase down the road.

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Features

Freight Factoring Goes Beyond Cash Flow Freight-factoring providers are going beyond merely easing cash flow for fleets.

By David Cullen

Freight-factoring providers are going beyond merely easing cash flow for fleets.

How Corrosion Causes Electrical Problems Corrosion wreaks havoc on big robust connectors like this. What do you think happens in systems that need to detect changes of mere millivolts?

By Jim Park

Almost every electrical or electronic problem with trucks today can be traced back to one single source: corrosion-induced voltage irregularities.

In Search of Owner-Operators Of Schneider National’s 13,000-plus drivers, more than 2,200 are owner-operators like Andy Mills, shown here. Photo: Schneider National

By Deborah Lockridge

After a difficult recession caused many to give up trucking, owner-operators are on the rise again and fleets are doing all they can to recruit and retain them. Part 4 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Departments

Figuring Out Wide-Base Single Tires OEMs rely heavily on tires to meet their CAFE requirements under GHG reduction rules. Once fuel-efficient tires are installed, you can’t legally take them off.

By Jim Park

Wide-based single tires have proven weight- and fuel-saving properties, but not every fleet can make them work. Yet there may still be options.

Revisiting the North American Fatigue Management Program People get tired but when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.

By Stephane Babcock

There’s no getting around it — people get tired. But when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.

Retractable Tarping Mechanisms Quick, Safe Joe Bryant, a flatbedder from Ohio, checks the strapping on his tarped load of steel coils while fueling near Wilmington along I-71. He prefers manual tarps because it’s hands-on.

By Tom Berg

Throwing a tarpaulin over a big load on a flatbed trailer, especially on a cold, snowy windy day might be the most difficult job in trucking but there are easier alternatives.

Attracting and Retaining Drivers with Satellite TV A golf tournament is displayed on the EpicVue flat-screen TV inside a truck’s sleeper. The company offers its service based on three-year and five-year contracts. Photo via EpicVue

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters recently started installing in-cab satellite TV systems in some of its trucks and the driver feedback has been encouraging.

Trading Diesel for Kilowatts The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab.

By Tom Berg

In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.

Test Drives

Test Drive: CNG F-650 Dump Truck The F-650 offers the same cab choices as other Super Duty trucks. This one’s long crew cab required a lengthy wheelbase, but the steering gear’s tight wheel cut allowed great maneuverability.

By Tom Berg

Ford’s big V-10 is strong and fairly quiet as it revs to make horses that feed on natural gas.

Editorials

Commentary: It Comes Down to Quality Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

While it seems like price dominates conversations about both parts purchasing and service provider selection, the reality is that it often is not the most important factor.

Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.

Commentary: Glimpses of the Future in Louisville Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

With economists and truck makers predicting what truck sales will look like this year, hints of what products we might see announced next year, concept trucks and prototypes on display, the Mid-America Trucking Show is a glimpse of the future.

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