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October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Elects Dave Manning as 73rd Chairman

New ATA Chairman Dave Manning (c) and outgoing chairman Kevin Burch (l) listen as ATA President & CEO Chris Spear introduces Manning to the media at the closing press conference of the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

American Trucking Associations’ board of directors has elected Dave Manning, president of TCW from Nashville, Tenn., as the federation’s 73rd Chairman.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 24, 2017 - Product News

PeopleNet Launches Four Products at MC&E

PeopleNet announced the debut of four products designed to improve fleet security, safety, and efficiency at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, PeopleNet, Scanning, ATA MC&E, Backup Cameras

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Telogis Offers Telematics Through Ford SYNC

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Commercial and fleet customers who purchase a Ford vehicle with SYNC Connect will be able to access Telogis telematics services through the vehicle, the telematics vendor announced at its Latitude conference.

Tags: Ford, Telematics, Ford F-150, Telogis

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Expert: Truck Safety Begins and Ends with All of Us

Volvo's Carl Johan Almqvist: “The multimillion dollar question is why do accidents happen?” Photo: David Cullen

ORLANDO – Getting beyond the always sobering yet stultifying dry facts and figures that safety experts often recite to make their case, Volvo Trucks’ Traffic and Product Safety Director Carl Johan Almqvist presented a common-sense take on why vehicle accidents occur and what we can all do to help prevent them.

Tags: Volvo, Driver Safety, Highway Safety, ATA, Safety

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Tops ATRI's Critical Industry Issues List

Driver-related issues took the top five spots on this year's report. Photo: Plastic Express

ORLANDO – For the first time since 2006, the driver shortage is number one on the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual top industry issues report, surging six spots higher, followed by two concerns closely related to drivers: ELDs and hours of service.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Global News

Element Fleet Management Canada Names President

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Element Fleet Management Canada has promoted its former chief commercial officer to the role of president.

Tags: Canada, Global, Promotions, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies

October 23, 2017 - Product News

Detroit Connect Virtual Technician Adds Support for DT12

Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission. Photo: Detroit

ORLANDO – The Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic system can now deliver remote event diagnostics for Detroit DT12 automated manual transmissions, the company announced during ATA's annual meeting. The Detroit Connect mobile app is also now available for download for Freightliner and Western Star customers with active Detroit Connection subscriptions.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Virtual Technician, Detroit DT12, Detroit Connect

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Reveals Plans for Blockchain System

This graphic shows how a blockchain logistics chain develops as new conditions and terms of the contract are added during a shipment. Graphic: TMW Systems<br />

TMW Systems says it is developing a new blockchain system for trucking with the potential to create a transparent, secure, real-time logistics matrix that could save the industry as much as $80 million a year.

Tags: Technology, TMW Systems, Logistics, Blockchain

October 23, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner Unveils Driver-Focused Updates to Cascadia

Photo: Freightliner

ORLANDO – Freightliner Cascadia updates announced during ATA's annual meeting include keyless entry and medical power supply option designed for a CPAP machine.

Tags: Freightliner, Sleep Apnea, Freightliner Cascadia, ATA MC&E, Driver Health

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Platooning, Electrified Cascadia in the Works at Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen talks to reporters during the ATA MC&amp;amp;E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO – Advanced technology, from platooning to electric trucks – both of which you'll be seeing soon from the nation's biggest truck maker – was a key topic of a reporter roundtable with Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Battery-Electric Vehicles, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Zonar Offers Video-Based Driver Coaching System

Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – Zonar announced the Zonar Coach video-based coaching solution, designed to improve safety, efficiency, and compliance for commercial vehicle drivers, during ATA's annual meeting.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Video Event Recorders, Zonar, Driver Coaching

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Spear Praises Trump for Championing Trucking Interests

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations chief Chris Spear praised President Trump for his administration's work to improve trade policy, reform tax law and criticized the culture of obstruction in Washington toward trucking industry legislation during ATA's annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Legislation, Taxes, ATA, Infrastructure, NAFTA, ATA MC&E, Donald Trump

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking’s Best Honored at ATA MC&E

President&#39;s Award winners on stage at ATA MC&amp;amp;E. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of several of the industry’s top honors as part of the association’s Leadership and Awards Luncheon at its annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, Awards, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Names Fifth Class for LEAD Program

The 2018 LEAD ATA Class. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations named its fifth class to the LEAD ATA industry leadership program at the Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Supports Apprenticeship Program Expansion

U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta speaking at ATA&amp;rsquo;s Management Conference &amp;amp; Exhibition. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO – The Trump administration will make it easier for groups such as the American Trucking Associations and the trucking industry to put in place apprentice programs to cross the job skills gap and help address driver and technician shortages, said U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta at ATA’s annual meeting.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, ATA MC&E, Vocational Training, Donald Trump

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar to Raise Truck Prices Up to 2%

Photo: International Truck

Navistar has announced that it will raise truck prices by up to 2% in the coming year due to rising commodity prices.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Sales, OEMs, ATA MC&E

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Reveals 24/7 Uptime Command Center

Navistar&#39;s Michael Cancelliere. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - In kicking off the Navistar presser here at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition, Michael Cancelliere, president, Truck and Parts, presented the continuing growth of the economy and the rise in truck orders year over year as the backdrop for the OEM announcing it would increase prices on 2009 model year trucks “by up to 2%.”

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Uptime

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Could Hit All Time High This Year

From left, Derek Leathers, Rebecca Brewster, and Bob Costello talk numbers at ATA. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - The trucking industry could be short 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017, warned American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello Sunday at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, ATA MC&E

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Proposed CSA Scoring-Improvement Method Gets Thumbs Up

FMCSA&#39;s Joe DeLorenzo speaking in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

ORLANDO - Boiled down to its essence, the review of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program by the National Academies of Science found that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration should move to a more scientific method to drive the Safety Measurement System that signals which motor carriers are at highest risk for future crashes, according to an FMSCA official.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, National Academies of Sciences

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Autonomous Technologies Could Mean 'Transformational' Change in Trucking

Larry Burns tells ATA attendees his vision of how autonomous vehicles could affect trucking. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - Automated vehicle technologies, vehicle electrification, and the rise of transportation as a service (think ride-share services like Uber and Lyft) are creating a “transformational change” in the transportation industry. But what does that mean for trucking?

Tags: ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

New Gauge of Freight Shipping and Economy Debuts at ATA

Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations, explains about the new U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - U.S. Bank announced the launch of a new barometer for assessing the nation’s shipping industry on Sunday during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in Florida.

Tags: Economy, ATA MC&E

October 22, 2017 - Product News

Lytx Rair Can Monitor ELDs for Compliance

Photo: Lytx

ORLANDO - Lytx Rair has added new functionality to manage fleet hours of service and safety accountability, compliance to reduce the risk of violations.

Tags: Compliance, Fleet Management Software, CSA, Hours of Service, ELDs, Lytx, ATA MC&E

October 22, 2017 - Product News

PrePass Offers ELD Solution, Bypass App

Photo: Help Inc.

ORLANDO - Help Inc., provider of the PrePass weigh station bypass solution,is rolling out an electronic logging device application and mobile bypass application during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Expo.

Tags: Help Inc., ELDs, Weigh-Station Bypass, ELD Mandate, ATA MC&E, PrePass

October 21, 2017 - Industry News

ELD, Driver Safety & Wellness Among ATA Announcements

Acuity Insurance&#39;s Cliff Johnson talks trucking insurance to reporters. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – An electronic logging device, a driver security system and a new driver wellness app were among a series of brief trucking product and service announcements Saturday ahead of the official start of the American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Wellness, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2017 - Industry News

FlowBelow Offers Aero Product for Trailer Tandems

ORLANDO - FlowBelow Aero is adding a trailer-based aerodynamic product for the trailer tandem and is expanding its OEM offerings in the aftermarket with the launch of its Elite Dealer Program.

Tags: Aerodynamics, FlowBelow, ATA MC&E, Trailer Aerodynamics

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