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August 23, 2016 - Product News

Apex Capital Offers Roadside Assistance Program

Apex Capital is now offering access to truck breakdown assistance, road service, towing and accident dispatch services through the company’s 24/7 Roadside Rescue program.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Parts and Service, Apex Capital

August 23, 2016 - Industry News

Stemco Stengthens Capabilities of Wheel End Division

Aftermarket parts manufacturer Stemco is strengthening the support, engineering and training capabilities of its Wheel End division through the creation of three new area manager positions, the company has announced.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, People, Stemco, Parts and Service, Wheel Ends

August 23, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Hits Lowest Level in 9 Months

Source: ATA

Truck tonnage in July hit its lowest level since October 2015, per the most recent American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

August 22, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Increase For the First Time in Over 2 Months

The price of diesel fuel increased for the first time in over 2 months after slowly falling from a high of 2.43 in mid-June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

August 22, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Offers Lighter Steer Axle/Suspension, Safety Tech on 579 and 567

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt is making available the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system and a new integrated Softek NXT suspension and axle system from Hendrickson on its Model 579 and 567 trucks.

Tags: Peterbilt, Bendix, Driver Assistance Systems, Suspensions, Model 579, Model 567, Hendrickson, Steer Axles

August 22, 2016 - Press Release

Hino Trucks Recognizes Data Inc. for On-Time Delivery

Dana Incorporated announced that it was recognized by Hino Motors Manufacturing, Inc. for 100% on-time delivery at the annual Hino supplier conference in July.

Tags: Hino Trucks, OTD, Dana Incorporated

August 22, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Falling

Truckload linehaul rates fell again in July from the same time a year ago, marking the fifth straight month of year-over-year declines, according to latest readings from the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

August 19, 2016 - Industry News

No Signs of Relief for Class 8 Truck Market

Net Class 8 truck orders fell once again in July, showing no signs of recovery in what is usually the weakest month for demand, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

August 19, 2016 - Industry News

Emissions-Free Refrigeration Unit Project Gets $400K Grant

Screenshot via eNow

Renewable energy solutions company eNow has received a $400,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deploy its solar panel refrigeration solution in the area’s transportation networks.

Tags: Grant Funding, GHG, Solar Power, eNow, Emissions, Solar Panel, Refrigerated Trailers, California

August 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Younger Driver Pilot Program for Former Military

A proposed pilot program using former military drivers would attempt to answer the question of whether 18- to 20-year-old truck drivers are as safe as those 21 and over.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Shortage, Younger Drivers

August 18, 2016 - Product News

ATA Safety Exec Joins Lytx Commercial Team

Rob Abbott Photo: Lytx

Rob Abbott, vice president for safety policy with American Trucking Associations is joining video telematics company Lytx to lead its commercial team.

Tags: Telematics, ATA, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

August 18, 2016 - Industry News

Great Dane Adds Nevada Service Provider to AdvantEdge Network

Silver State Truck & Trailer of Las Vegas, Nev., has signed on as an authorized service provider for Great Dane’s AdvantEdge National Parts and Service program.

Tags: Great Dane, Parts and Service, AdvantEdge

August 18, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Offers Low-Viscosity Oil Fill for New Engines

Volvo Trucks North America will offer a new factory fill engine oil for the Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines, with Volvo's new oil spec allowing for longer oil drain intervals.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Engine Oil, Volvo Trucks North America, PC-11

August 18, 2016 - Press Release

SkyBitz Adds VP of Telematics Sales for Local Fleets

Rehling

Commercial Internet of Things telematics provider SkyBitz has hired Carolyn Rehling as its vice president of sales for the SkyBitz Local Fleets division.

Tags: New Hire, SkyBitz, Internet of Things

August 18, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Tracking Integrated With Oracle Transportation Management

The FourKites real-time load tracking platform is now available with Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Transportation Management version 6.3.0 and higher.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Asset Tracking, FourKites, Information Technology

August 18, 2016 - Industry News

Uber Buys Autonomous Truck Startup Otto

Photo: Otto

Uber is upping its efforts to expand from the ride-sharing market to commercial freight movement by acquiring Otto, the technology startup that’s developing an aftermarket version of autonomous technology for Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

August 17, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Links In-Cab Video to Critical Event Recording, Electronic Logs

Photo: Omnitracs

Omnitracs says its new Critical Event Video is a fully integrated in-cab video solution that ties into the company’s Critical Event Reporting as well as into its electronic logging technology to help protect driver privacy.

Tags: Omnitracs, In-Cab Cameras, In-Vehicle Video

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, U.S. Energy Department, Federal Grants

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

National Truck Driving Championships Won by Walmart Driver

Charles White Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations named Charles White, a driver for Walmart Transportation based out of Nineveh, Ind., as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Awards, Walmart

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

Summit Truck Group Technicians Compete in Skills Contest

[Left to right] Ryan Deleon, 1st Place Overall; Duke Fancher, Vice President of Service Operations; Nathan Holden, 2nd Place Overall; and Jonathan Metz, 3rd Place Overall Photo: Summit Holdings

Summit Holdings recently held its 4th annual Summit Truck Group Technician Rodeo, pitting the company’s top technicians against each other in a skills competition.

Tags: Competition, Technicians, Summit Truck Group, Truck Dealers

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

Less Freight, More Trucks Push Spot Truckload Rates Lower

Average DAT spot market rates over the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT

A decline in the amount of freight on the spot truckload market coupled with an increase in the number of trucks needing cargo pushed rates down across the board, according to new weekly figures from DAT Solutions that are based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 16, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Phasing Out Venerable T660

T660, descended from the "anteater" T600 of 1985, will go out of production by the end of this year. Photo: Tom Berg

Kenworth customers are getting a “last call” opportunity to order from the final production allotment of 500 T660s.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T660

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

Illustration by herlitz_pbs, used under Creative Commons license.

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

Tags: EPA, GHG emissions, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens Alabama Service Center

Photo: TravelCenters of America

TravelCenters of America has opened a TA Truck Service Facility in Lincoln, Ala., offering four truck service bays.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Repairs, TravelCenters of America, Truck Stops

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Adds RTS Rig Parts and More

The Lubbock, Texas-based RTS Rig Parts and More has joined the HDA Truck Pride network of independent parts and service providers.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride, Distributors, Parts and Service

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