HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

January 2017

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
Trucking in the 21st Century

How technology, from e-commerce to autonomous vehicles, is reshaping trucking and logistics.

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Features

Is Your Electrical Maintenance Doing the Job? It’s a thankless and time-consuming job, but basic electrical maintenance requires a high level of discipline and the willingness to follow procedure. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Electrical problems will bring a truck to its knees, no matter how humble the source of the problem. Prevention begins with proper maintenance.

Regulatory Outlook: Sunny if Foggy for 2017 “I believe there will not be a ton of regulations that will go 180 degrees due to the change in administration.” – Bill Sullivan, American Trucking Associations

By David Cullen

Trump the candidate promised to eliminate two regulations for every one enacted. Can Trump the president really do that?

What Phase 2 GHG Regs Mean to Fleets Manufacturers are taking cues from their EPA SuperTruck work to meet the new regs. Navistar’s version (left) thus influenced its International LT625 tractor.  Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

To meet Phase 2 GHG regulations, fleets will have to pay for advances to get required fuel-economy gains and keep everything working.

Departments

Old Dominion Dominates Data Data from PeopleNet units on trucks plus external information, like weather reports, generate graphics on the big wall map. Dispatchers can see it all from their nearby work stations. Photo via Old Dominion Freight Line

By Deborah Lockridge

A high-tech command center helps Old Dominion Freight Line track freight, trucks and drivers as they move across the country.

Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road Who knows what you’ll find when the pavement comes to an end. At that point it’s too late to realize that you spec’d the wrong tires.

By Jim Park

There are still big differences in tire designs for on-highway and off-road tires, but newer designs make it possible to do a little of both.

Trailers are Smarter Than Ever This trailer’s sitting untethered in New Mexico, but its reefer unit can monitor temperatures of the load and transmit data to home base, no matter where that is. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Reefer temperature sensing, remote tracking, and tire pressure management are now in use. Coming soon: monitoring more mechanical conditions.

Video-Based Safety Systems: Worth A Closer Look? Camera-based safety systems offer monitoring, analytical and training benefits, say providers. Photo: MiX Telematics

By David Cullen

Fleets may be wise to check out the latest technological advances in video-based driver safety systems.

Nikola One: Disruptive Technology? The Nikola One sleeper-cab prototype unveiled in early December in Salt Lake City looks like no other. It’s lettered for U.S. Xpress, whose Chairman and CEO Max Fuller believes Nikola One will be “a game changer.” 
Photo: Tom Berg

By Jim Park

If its hydrogen fuel cell-electric powertrain proves workable and reliable, it could replace traditional diesel trucks

Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit's 5-Liter Street Fighter Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is a 5.1L engine designed for urban delivery/service applications in Class 5-6 Freightliner M2 106 trucks. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Even in an age of ‘rightsizing,’ many fleets have been reluctant to give a 4-cylinder engine a chance. Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is about to challenge that point of view.

Editorials

Commentary: What Dealers Are Doing to Better Meet Fleet Needs Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

While it may feel like dealers are ignoring fleets’ concerns, based on interviews with the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking/Procede Truck Dealer of the Year nominees, dealers not only hear what fleets are saying, but also are trying to do something about it.

Trucking Engineers up to the Challenge Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

"Trucking engenders passion, and I see it in the engineers you depend on, who seem able to beat just about any challenge that comes along," writes Rolf Lockwood in January's "Locking it In" column.

Commentary: Cutting to the Chase Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

“In many ways, Tom was both the conscience and subconscious of the trucking press corps." Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge wishes a happy retirement to HDT Senior Editor and long-time trucking industry journalist Tom Berg.

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