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August 4, 2017 - Global News

No Cab? No Driver? No Problem

The T-Pod is an all-electric autonomous truck capable of running 124 miles on a single battery charge. Photo: Einride

A Swedish startup has unveiled a prototype electric truck that doesn't require a driver. In fact, there's not even a cab for a driver to sit in.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Fully Autonomous, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Sweden

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Withdraw Sleep Apnea Pre-Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration have withdrawn their advance notice of proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Acquires More Navistar Shares in Series of July Trades

Volkswagen has been a major shareholder in International since purchasing a $250 million stake in the company last year. Photo: International

Volkswagen quietly invested approximately $11,263,489 in Navistar International stock last month.

Tags: International, Volkswagen, Navistar

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: YRC Worldwide Profit Falls, Heartland Profit Slips

Profit for less-than-truckload provider YRC Worldwide Inc. fell nearly 30% in the second quarter from a year earlier, despite increased tonnage per day moved at both its national and regional operations. Heartland Express saw profit and revenue drop, though its operating ratio was the best in two years.

Tags: YRC Worldwide, Heartland Express, Fleet Earnings

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar to End 9/10L Engine Production by 2018

Navistar's N9 Engine Photo: Navistar

Navistar has announced that it will cease production of its medium-duty 9- and 10L engines at the company’s Melrose Park, Illinois, facility by the second quarter of 2018.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, International Trucks, Engines

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

Photo: FMCSA

Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Hiring Veterans

August 3, 2017 - Product News

Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

Photo: Zed Connect

Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD – a smartphone based electronic logging solution.

Tags: Cummins, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Craftsmen Utility Trailer Opens Iowa Location

Photo: Craftsmen Utility Trailer

Craftsmen Utility Trailer, a Utility trailer dealership, has completed development its new facility in Davenport, Iowa.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Utility Trailer

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Produces its First 3D-Printed Metal Part

The view into the interior of the 3D printer shows the first printed thermostat covers, which are still connected to the work platform. After removal of the platform and support structure, the aluminium/silicon metallic powder is removed by suction, sieved, cleaned and ecologically fed back into the recycling system. Photo: Daimler

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has printed its first spare part made of metal that has passed all stages of the company’s quality assurance process.

Tags: Europe, Daimler, Parts and Service, 3D Printing

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Recovery Strengthens During Second Quarter

Intermodal service providers again demonstrated clear gains in the intermodal sector. Photo: Jim Park

Total intermodal freight volumes gained 4.5% in the second quarter of the year, the strongest growth in nearly three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Freight Expands Reach of Truck Load-Matching App

A new ‘For You’ pack will show personalized recommendations. Photo: Uber Freight

Uber Freight is expanding the geography served beyond its initial focus on Texas and adding personalized load matching to its instant load booking/fast payment system.

Tags: 3PL, Uber, Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Mobility Conference Debuts for Fleets

Convening Nov. 7-8 at Miami Hilton Downtown, Fleet Forward Conference is designed to bring fleets, fleet suppliers, and technology providers together to provide education and networking on smart mobility concepts and end-user solutions.

Tags: Fleet Forward Conference, Mobility

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Profit Jumps As It Mulls More Acquisitions, USA Truck Losses Grow

XPO Logistics' profit during the second quarter was 11.7% higher than a year ago, as a separate report said the company is looking to greatly expand its business in the next year or two. In contrast, USA Truck saw its second quarter loss more than double as revenue declined.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volumes Rise in Late July Push, Rates Move Little

An unusual surge of truckload freight led to higher-than-normal volume on the spot market for the week ending July 29, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but it failed to turn into any substantial rate increases.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Participates in CNG Station Ribbon-Cutting

Open 24-hours, the fast-fill Fayetteville station has three consumer-friendly dispensers equipped with NGV2 nozzles to optimize the experience for heavy-duty, high-capacity users, as well as NGV1 nozzles for light and medium-duty use.  (Photo courtesy of ANG)

American Natural Gas (ANG) held a ribbon cutting ceremony in collaboration with Tennessee Clean Fuels to unveil its new public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Fayetteville, Tenn. PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division will be a major customer with its fleet of CNG tractor-trailers.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Trucks, American Natural Gas, ANG

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Announces New Focus on Web

The American Transportation Research Institute has a new web address, www.truckingresearch.org, and says it will focus on improving its online presence and promotion of its research efforts.

Tags: Website, Research, ATRI

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Aide to Lead Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference

American Trucking Associations has named Tyler Rushforth as executive director of the Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference.

Tags: ATA, Intermodal, People, Lobbying

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Offers Bonus For Experienced Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation is offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus to entice experienced drivers to the company.

Tags: Recruiting, Maverick, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Drivers

August 1, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner Offers eNow Solar Charging on Cascadia

Photo: eNow

Freightliner Cascadia raised-roof sleeper trucks can now be ordered with the eNow eCharge solar system as a pre-delivery installation.

Tags: Batteries, eNow, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Idling, Freightliner Cascadia, Freightliner

August 1, 2017 - Product News

BorgWarner Offer Multi-Platform EGR Coolers

Photo: BorgWarner

BorgWarner has developed a new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation coolers that it says offer manufacturers needed durability and flexibility.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, EGR, BorgWarner

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Kimberly-Clark Partners with TV Show on Truck Safety

Todd Dewey (right), Ice Road truckers TV show personality, partnered with Kimberly-Clark to promote the value of safety glasses and proper use of eye wear. (Source: Todd Dewey Facebook)

After an accident with an exploding logging truck tire, reality TV personality Todd Dewey of Ice Road Truckers has partnered with Kimberly-Clark to spread the word of the importance of safety eye wear.

Tags: Eye Wear, Safety Glasses, Kimberly-Clark, Ice Road Truckers, Tire Safety

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Solid, Construction Disappoints

U.S. manufacturing activity in July remained solid, according to two reports issued Tuesday while separate ones showed overall construction activity in the U.S. eased as consumer spending and personal incomes barely improved.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider Profit Rises 5.2%

Trucking, intermodal and logistics services provider Schneider National Inc. on Tuesday reported its second quarter profit increased 5.2% from a year earlier while revenue improved 8.1%.

Tags: Schneider National, Fleet Earnings

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