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May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion, Distracted Driving, HOS Top ATRI's Research Priorities

The American Transportation Research Institute has decided on its research priorities for 2017, approving studies on congestion, driver distraction, hours of service, and autonomous truck technology, among others.

Tags: Research, Distracted Driving, HOS, ATRI, Congestion

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Unveils PHEV Pickup Concept

Photo of Workhorse W-15 by Chris Brown.

Testing of the plug-in hybrid half-ton pickup begins this year, while production is slated for late 2018, the company says.

Tags: Workhorse, Large Pickups, Workhorse W-15, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Deploy Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck in California

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS will begin using a medium-duty delivery truck that uses gaseous hydrogen to power an electric battery and motor in Sacramento, California, with an eye toward expanding use of the alternative fuel after a successful test.

Tags: UPS, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Delivery Fleets, Hydrogenics

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Developing Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth announced that it is developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell version of the T680 day cab for drayage tractor operation at Southern California ports.

Tags: Kenworth, Port of Los Angeles, SCAQMD, Port of Long Beach, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel, Drayage, Alternative Fuels

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder to Distribute, Service Workhorse Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group that makes Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America, Ryder has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Ryder, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Comments on Fuel Taxes for Highway Infrastructure

Sounds like Donald Trump was listening when ATA visited the White House. Photo: American Trucking Associations

A comment by President Trump in an interview has led to widespread reporting that the president would consider raising fuel taxes to help pay for infrastructure. His press secretary later emphasized that the comments did not indicate support for such a strategy.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Two Flatbed Carriers Merge With Daseke

Photo: The Schilli Companies

Two open deck specialized transportation companies, The Schilli Companies and Big Freight Systems, have merged with Daseke, which says it's the largest owner of open deck equipment in North America.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc., Canada

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Introduces 2018 Natural Gas Engines

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero Engine (Image courtesy of Cumins)

Cummins Westport announced its model year 2018 lineup of renamed natural gas engines for regional haul, vocational, transit, bus and refuse applications.

Tags: RNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG, Natural Gas Engines, zero emissions vehicles, Engines

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Ancra Launches New, Mobile-Friendly Website for Cargo Products

Screenshot of the Ancracargo.com homepage.

Ancra International launched a new website for its cargo division with a new design at www.ancracargo.com.

Tags: Cargo Management, New Website, Ancra, Cargo Securement

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Ask GAO to Examine Impact of Autonomous Technology on Trucking

Two U.S. Senators  asked the General Accounting Office to look at the impact autonomous vehicle technology will have on more than 2 million Americans who work in, or support, the trucking industry. Photo: Peterbilt

If you’re concerned about the potential impact autonomous vehicle technology will have on truck drivers in the future, you’re not alone. Two U.S. senators want the Government Accountability Office to look into how it will affect truck drivers and communities.

Tags: Truck Drivers, GAO, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

May 1, 2017 - Product News

PacLease Offers Toll Management to Lease, Rental Customers

Photo: David Cullen

Paccar Leasing has announced that it will offer automatic toll billing and collecting to its lease and rental customers through PacToll, a toll management program created through a partnership with Bestpass.

Tags: PacLease, Tolls, Bestpass, Toll Management, Transponders

May 1, 2017 - Product News

SmartDrive Cameras Can Provide 360-Degree Coverage

SmartDrive 360 allows up to four cameras to trigger during a risky maneuver or collision, giving fleets a 360 degree view of the event. Screenshot via SmartDrive.

SmartDrive Systems' video-based safety system can now support additional cameras, giving 360-degree coverage of the vehicle.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, NPTC, SmartDrive, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Demo Begins of BYD Electric Yard Truck

Photo courtesy of BYD Trucks.

BYD, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the vast regional transportation infrastructure in the New York City area, will demo a battery-electric BYD Class 8 yard truck for the next several weeks.

Tags: Class 8, Light-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Port of New York and New Jersey, Electric Trucks, BYD Company Limited

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows Along with Incomes, Construction

Activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued to throttle back in April from a near two-year peak earlier in 2017, but it continues to expand. Separate reports show drops in consumer spending and construction, but analysts remain generally optimistic about the entire year.

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

May 1, 2017 - Product News

PeopleNet Adds Weather, File Sharing to ConnectedFleet

Screenshot via PeopleNet

PeopleNet introduced two new products: myRoads, offering real-time weather and road conditions; and myMedia, simplifying file sharing between fleets and drivers.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, NPTC, Weather Alerts, Weather

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Mother Searches for Trucker who Tried to Save her Daughter

The late Dorothy Marko Photo courtesy of Truckload Carriers Association

The tragic death of a young woman in Oklahoma has led a grieving mother to search for a truck driver who stopped to try and save her daughter.

Tags: Truck Drivers, TCA, Highway Angel, Road Deaths

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Uber’s Autonomous Vehicle Head Stepping Aside During Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year's ATA Managment Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group and founder of autonomous truck startup Otto, has stepped aside from that role in the midst of a legal battle with Waymo, according to a Business Insider news report.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

April 28, 2017 - Product News

Samsung and Magellan Partner on ELD Solution

Photo via Samsung

Samsung Electronics America has partnered with GPS navigation provider Magellan to deliver an ELD-compliant hours-of-service tracking solution for short- and long-haul trucking.

Tags: Hours of Service, Magellan, ELDs, Samsung

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Omnitracs Sponsors HDT Safety & Compliance Award

Photo: Mark Campbell

Fleet management and telematics software provider Omnitracs is once again sponsoring the HDT Safety & Compliance award, which recognizes industry leaders who have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Omnitracs

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Fatal Accident Leads FMCSA to Investigate Small Alabama Carrier

A fatal accident involving a driver falling asleep at the wheel led the FMCSA to investigate Beatrice, Ala.-based J&L Trucking and order its vehicles off the road.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Out of Service, Imminent Hazard, Records Management

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia Improves 7.7%, Universal Logistics Falls 43%

Mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia Inc. saw its profit move higher in the first quarter of the year while multi-trucking service provider Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. saw lower net income despite more revenue.

Tags: Saia, Fleet Earnings, Universal Logistics Holdings

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Positive Signs for Trucking Remain

The U.S. economy grew at the weakest rate in three years during the first quarter of 2017, according to an advanced estimate by the Commerce Department, but economists remain optimistic about future performance.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

April 28, 2017 - Product News

Vigillo Compiles Driver Safety Records Into Roadside Resume

Image: Vigillo

Vigillo's new Roadside Resume is billed as a comprehensive commercial driver safety, compliance, and risk profile to help carriers identify safe and risky drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, CSA, Vigillo, SambaSafety, High-Risk Drivers, Drivers, Analytics, Big Data

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Sponsoring 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators Award

Phillips Industries is the exclusive sponsor of the 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators Award. All four winners will be honored in person at the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange on May 9.

Tags: Phillips Industries, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 27, 2017 - Product News

Meritor Offers 13X Axle on International Trucks

Photo: Meritor

Meritor has announced that its 13X single-drive axle will become standard equipment on the International DuraStar in July. The axle will also be available as an option on other International medium-duty trucks.

Tags: DuraStar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Meritor, International Trucks, Axles

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