HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

Features

What Does the Tesla Accident Mean for Autonomous Vehicle Development? Even when autonomous technologies handle the steering, as in Freightliner’s Inspiration Truck demonstrated last year in Nevada, drivers need to be ready to take back control. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While autonomous truck technology is different from that in “self-driving cars,” could it be tarred with the same brush?

Departments

It's Time to Look at Lower-Viscosity Oils for Fuel Savings

By Deborah Lockridge

New engine oil categories call for a closer look at your engine oil strategies and offer opportunities for improving mpg.

Test Drives

Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage Evokes 'Large Cars' Looking like a modern rendition of an old “large car,” the 567 Heritage is adorned with much chrome and polished metal trim.

By Tom Berg

Peterbilt Motors’ Model 567 Heritage combines a rugged-looking vocational truck with special exterior and interior trim that harkens back to the company’s West Coast origins and days of the “large car.”

Driving Volvo's I-Shift with Crawler Gears A mixer chassis sometimes needs to creep over uneven surfaces or while pouring concrete sidewalks or curbs. Depending on axle gearing, I-Shift crawler gears allow speeds as low as 0.6 mph.

By Tom Berg

Volvo’s new Crawler Gears option for the I-Shift automated manual transmission puts one or two extra-low ratios at the driver’s fingertips – or thumb tip, actually.

Editorials

Commentary: New Initiatives to Improve Parts and Service Offerings Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Parts and service providers are making major investments to better position themselves to be the fleets’ location of choice for maintenance and repair.

Commentary: Don't Blame the Driver, Blame the Watermelon Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

In an era when the customer is king, the solitary truck driver is always the one at the end of the line.

Commentary: In Search of the Bright Side Following "Brexit" Photo: Vaughan Leiberum/ CC BY 2.0

By Evan Lockridge

Opinions vary about the effect on the U.S. of the surprise June vote by residents of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, but you should be aware of some of the potential ramifications.

Commentary: The First Step in Fixing Detention Times Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

As if productivity and driver retention weren’t enough to make detention an important problem, it’s also a safety issue.

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