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March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall after a Month of Increases

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. fell last week, breaking a month-long string of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck-Lite Partners with NanoMech on Corrosion Resistant Products

Truck-Lite announced an exclusive partnership with nanotechnology company NanoMech Industries to produce a line of corrosion and oxidation resistant products.

Tags: Corrosion, Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Electrical System

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu's Diesel Engine Durability Upped to 375,000 Miles

Photo courtesy of ICTA.

The B10 durability rating of the 4HK1-TC diesel engine that powers Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. cabovers has been increased to 375,000 miles, the company has announced at the NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Isuzu, Cabovers, Diesel Engines, Maintenance, Isuzu N-Series, Isuzu FTR

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Roadcheck to Emphasize Cargo Securement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will put a special emphasis on cargo securement in this year’s International Roadcheck inspection blitz, scheduled for June 6-8.

Tags: Inspections, Cargo Securement, CVSA, Roadcheck

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Intel Acquires Self-Driving Tech Firm Mobileye

Photo courtesy of Intel.

Intel will acquire Israeli autonomous driving technology provider Mobileye for $15 billion under an agreement announced March 13 that brings the Silicon Valley chipmaker into the emerging autonomous-driving sector.

Tags: Intel, Mobileye, Autonomous Vehicles, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Joins the Trucking Alliance

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (also known as the Trucking Alliance), which promotes safety reforms such as collision mitigation systems and speed limiters for trucks.

Tags: Driver Safety, Swift Transportation, The Trucking Alliance

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Measure Falls from Previous Month, Up from Year Earlier

Despite an increase freight volume during February, a measure of the total strength of the truckload spot freight market declined from the month before due to softer rates, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee to Eye State/Local Rollout of FAST Act

Traffic in New York City Photo: U.S. DOT

For its first hearing of the 115th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will delve into how the most recent highway bill — the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act— is being implemented on the state and local level.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Trucks Start Arriving at Southern California Freight, Rail Yards

A BYD all-electric yard truck. The typical yard truck burns 2 to 4 gallons of diesel fuel per hour. Photo: CARB

The State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments. and partners at Daylight Transport and BYD Motors have announced the arrival of the first of 27 zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in three disadvantaged communities in Southern California.

Tags: BYD, CARB, Grant Funding, Electric Vehicles

March 10, 2017 - Product News

Caterpillar Offers TrucBrush to Clear Snow from Trucks

Photo: TrucBrush

Caterpillar dealers are offering the TrucBrush attachment, designed to clear accumulated snow from truck, trailer, and bus rooftops.

Tags: Snow Removal, Caterpillar, Snow

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Selects Vonic Fleet Services as Service Point Partner

Photo via Vonic Fleet Services

Vonic Fleet Services of Anaheim, California, is now an approved service partner of the Meritor Service Point program.

Tags: Meritor, Parts and Service, Repair Shops

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Offer Class 6 Cabover

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018, by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cabovers, 2018-MY, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu FTR

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Boost Overall Employment Ahead of Fed Meeting

Job growth in the U.S. posted another healthy gain in February, according to a new Labor Department report, leading many analysts to predict an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve when it meets next week.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

Image: U.S. DOT

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange to Offer Networking, HDT Innovator Panel

There are a limited number of fleet spots still available for the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange, a new networking event that will bring together a select group of fleet executives -- including HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators -- and top industry suppliers.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Adds Safety, Performance Features to I-Shift on VHD

Paver Assist for the I-Shift on Volvo VHD model dump trucks helps eliminate bumps and disturbances in the pavement laying process. Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Trucks North America has added new safety and performance features for the Volvo I-Shift for Severe Duty and I-Shift with Crawler gears automated manual transmissions.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Severe Duty, Paver, I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions

March 9, 2017 - Product News

ConMet Partners on In-Wheel Electric Drive

Protean's in-wheel electric drive solution. Photo: Protean Electric

ConMet and Protean Electric have formed a partnership to develop an electric in-wheel drive system as a hybrid-electric solution for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ConMet, Protean Electric

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Roadrunner Forms Temperature-Controlled Carrier

Roadrunner Transportation announced the formation of Roadrunner Temperature Controlled, combining two transportation providers, M. Bruenger and R&M Transportation into a single company offering temperature-controlled solutions.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, axle, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

March 8, 2017 - Press Release

SmartDrive Systems Appoints CTO

Ghanbari

SmartDrive Systems has appointed Ray Ghanbari as chief technology officer to help the company leverage video and data intelligence to transform commercial transportation with solutions that improve the efficiency, safety, and readiness of every driver, vehicle, and fleet, according to the company.

Tags: SmartDrive, C-Suite, New Hire

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, Alternative Fuels

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Port of LA Hosts Live Platooning Demonstration

Photo via Port of Los Angeles Twitter

Private and public transportation partners conducted a partially automated truck platooning demonstration in California Wednesday at the Los Angeles Port complex and along the Interstate 110 freeway.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Caltrans, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, California, Ports, Intermodal

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Rise as Volume Soars

Spot truckload freight volume jumped 17% for the week ending March 4 compared to the previous week while rates responded with the first week-over-week increase in national averages in more than a month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 8, 2017 - Product News

Onboard Diagnostics Pitched as a Leveler for Natural Gas Trucks

Agility Fuel Solutions has introduced Blue iQ, a proprietary technology developed with Cummins to optimize fuel consumption and uptime through on-board diagnostics.

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Vehicles, Agility Fuel Systems

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Titans of Tulsa-Themed SuperRigs Contest Set for May

Photo: Shell Rotella

The 35th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs meet will be held May 18-20 at the Exchange Center Expo Square in Tulsa Okla., with the theme of "Titans of Tulsa."

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Events, Shell SuperRigs

March 8, 2017 - Product News

MacroPoint Integrates Load Tracking with Oracle TMS

MacroPoint has announced a partnership with Eminent Global Logistics, an Oracle PartnerNetwork member, to integrate its load tracking platform with Oracle Transportation Management solutions.

Tags: Macropoint, Freight, Integration, Asset Tracking

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