HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

October 2017

Cover Story By David Cullen
Cyber Security: Connect at Your Own Risk

How fleets can enjoy greater connectivity without risking more cyber attacks. Part eight of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

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Features

Why Insurance Costs are Sky-High Adopting more technological advances is the most likely route to cut back insurance costs, including leveraging solutions to curb distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors. Photos: iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

A perfect storm of business conditions has whipped up insurance costs, but applying technology and managing people can help calm the tempest.

Is the Right Oil Getting Into Your Engines? When you switch to new oils and don’t drain enough out of your bulk tank first, you may lose benefits such as longer oil drains. Photo: Shell

By Deborah Lockridge

You can spend a lot of time choosing the right oil, only to lose out on the benefits by not policing what actually goes into your tanks and trucks.

What's Hot in Medium-Duty for 2018

By Jack Roberts

Big rigs are grabbing all the technology headlines today. But medium-duty truck and van models continue to see improved safety and productivity. Check out HDT's annual round-up of what's new in medium-duty.

Can Trucks be Hacked?

By Jim Park

Does trucking face a cyber-threat resulting from weaknesses in the electronic architecture of its trucks? From part eight of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Departments

Uncertainty Surrounds Trailers and GHG Phase 2 For the first time, the GHG Phase 2 rule regulated trailers in its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But now the government is revisiting those regulations.  Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Trailer aerodynamics and glider kits might get a reprieve from the fuel-efficiency rules, but backing away from national rules would turn California loose, some warn.

Are Your Tires up to the Job? To determine if your tires are up to the job you’re asking them to do, you’ll next to establish a consistent program to track their performance – and then follow through with it. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Tires look alike, but the wrong tire doing the wrong job can be a productivity killer for fleets. Tracking tires and matching them for the task at hand takes constant patience and vigilance.

Don't Miss This Critical Step in ELD Implementation Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

By Mark Schedler

There’s more to complying with the electronic logging device mandate than putting the devices in your trucks. Will your new ELD policies and procedures pass FMCSA’s scrutiny as adequate safety management controls?

Test Drives

Test Drive: There's Much to Like About Volvo's New VNL Volvo’s flagship VNL 860 sports a 77-inch high-roof sleeper and a 455-hp, 1850/1550 lb-ft D13 turbo-compound engine with the XE Economy downsped driveline. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There’s much to like about Volvo’s new VNL lineup. Drivers will like the solid handling and comfortable environment, while fleet owners will be happy with the fuel efficiency.

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System A single index finger was all that was needed to whip this Peterbilt through a Figure-8 course with ZF's Reax steering system. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

ZF's Reax is a smart, electronic control system that takes input data from various sensors around the vehicle, including the driver, and either loosens, or tightens steering response based on what the truck is doing and what the driver needs in terms of steering inputs to do it safely.

Editorials

Commentary: The Remanufacturing World's Problem With Cores Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The biggest pain point for everyone involved in remanufacturing is cores. Things such as core management traceability, identifying cores, accounting for cores, space to store cores, and even the transportation of cores all add complexity to remanufacturing. Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini talks cores in her latest column.

Commentary: Let's Look More Closely at Automation in Trucking Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

As it currently stands, autonomous technology is impractical anywhere except on smooth and easy highways in good weather, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood in his October column.

Commentary: A Whirlwind of Last-Minute ELD Preparations Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The ELD mandate requiring electronic logging devices to track driver hours goes into effect Dec. 18. Yet a surprising number of fleets have not yet adopted them.

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