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August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Rebound, Freight Volume Unusually High

We’re supposed to be in the dog days of summer but spot market truckload freight volumes are still higher than any month except June while August had a stronger start than any month in more than a year and a half, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash National to Buy Truck Body Maker Supreme

Photo: Wabash National

Impact that rising tide of e-commerce shipping is having on the need for more “final mile” deliveries cited as driving factor behind acquisition.

Tags: Wabash National, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trailers, Truck Bodies

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Denso to Develop Automated Vehicle Tech

Denso Corp. says it's establishing a new company to design and develop semiconductor IP cores, which are key semiconductor components for automated driving technology, according to the company.

Tags: Denso, Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS

August 8, 2017 - Product News

Zonar V3 Features Cummins Connected Diagnostics

Image via Zonar

Cummins Connected Diagnostics is now available to customers using Zonar’s smart fleet management solution, offering critical information on engine maintenance and repair.

Tags: Cummins, Zonar, Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Values Stumble This Summer

Courtesy of Wikimedia.

As the summer season continues, one trend is emerging for medium-duty trucks — declining auction prices, according to Black Book’s August Specialty Markets report.

Tags: Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Remkarketing, Used Vehicle Values, Used Truck Sales

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Wants Your Top Green Fleets Nominations

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions for its 2017 Top Green Fleets.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

August 8, 2017 - Global News

Are European Truck Makers Poised for Big Gains in China?

Helping fuel a strong drive toward European trucks is a new emphasis on total ownership costs, the Bain study found. Photo: Scania

A new report from Bain Insights indicates that 20% of Chinese fleets plan to upgrade to European-built trucks within three years.

Tags: China, Global, TCO, Scania, Joint Venture

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Gear up for National Truck Driving Championships

The 2016 National Truck Driving Championships winner, Charles White Photo: ATA

The trucking industry’s top truck drivers are set to compete in Orlando for the 80th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, National Truck Driving Championships, Competition

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Freight Growth up Nearly 38% Since End of Great Recession

Freight TSI modal data, January 2000-December 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released U.S. Transportation Department figures show all but one of the major freight modes have grown since the end of the Great Recession, with trucking posting the second-highest increase.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Moving Toward Dropping Diabetic Exemption Requirement

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should eliminate the requirement that drivers with insulin-treated diabetes seek a formal exemption from the agency to be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.

Tags: FMCSA, Diabetes, Drivers, Driver Health

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Food Transporter Group Launches Food Safety Compliance Tool

Photo via ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference has launched an online self-assessment tool to help fleets stay compliant with new Food Safety Modernization Act rules for food handling and safety.

Tags: ATA, Online Tool, Food and Beverage Fleets, FSMA

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

VW CEO: Tesla Among Our Top Competitors

In an interview with VW's Inside magazine, CEO Herbert Diess said Tesla is the company's main competitor today. Photo: Volkswagen

In the "old world," VW CEO Herbert Diess watched and worried about Toyota and Hyundai. Today he's keeping an eye on a new American automaker.

Tags: Volkswagen, Connected Vehicle Technology, Tesla, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 7, 2017 - Product News

ISE Adds Electronic Logging Solution to FMCSA ELD List

Photo: ISE

ISE announced that its eFleetSuite electronic logging device solution was self-certified and listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD online registry.

Tags: FMCSA, Trimble, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 7, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Self-Certifies ELD Solution

Image courtesy of Telogis.

Verizon-owned Telogis has been included on a list of registered providers of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solutions by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Tags: Telogis, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

State Truck Fleet Benefits from Clean Diesel

Image courtesy of Diesel Technology Forum

The introduction of new technology clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems into Pennsylvania's trucking fleet over the last five years is now at a 35% level, yielding significant emission reductions and substantial fuel savings, according to new research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: Diesel Technology Forum, Clean Diesel, Diesel Trucks

August 5, 2017 - Industry News

GM Recalls 2014 Pickup Trucks for Steering

Photo of 2014-MY Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

The recall covers more than 690,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks in the 2014 model year.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Recalls, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, 2014-MY, NHTSA, Large Pickups, Safety, Steering

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Heil Trailer's Radish to Head Sister Operation Kalyn Siebert

Photo: Kalyn Siebert

Heil Trailer International sister company Kalyn Siebert has appointed Jake Radish as its new president.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, People, Heil Trailer

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Surges, Exports Highest in 2+ Years

Employers in the U.S. continued adding a strong number of jobs in July, while separate reports show better exports and factory orders.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, International Trade

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

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