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May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Startup Says it's Developing Add-On Autonomous Truck Technology

Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

May 17, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Announces Rollout Service for ELD Mandate

J.J. Keller has introduced the Driver DataSense Plus with ELD Rollout Service to help fleets meet the 2017 ELD mandate deadline.

Tags: Regulations, Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Indiana Service Center

An Old Dominion Freight Line service center technician checks diagnostics on a tractor engine. Photo: ODFL

Old Dominion Freight has opened a new service center, located in Brownsburg, Ind., to increase the company’s presence in the Indianapolis Area.

Tags: New Facility, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts on The Rise

In the first quarter of 2016, the FreightWatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Center recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts in the United States. During this time, 66 of these incidents occurred in January, 90 in February and 65 happened in March. Graphic: FWI

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, Crime

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Inflation, Industrial Production Rebound

Retail prices in the U.S. posted their biggest gain in three years during April, while industrial production increased the most in more than a year, as e-commerce and housing starts remain healthy.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Home Building

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Customer Service, Technology Top Factors in Truck Rental Survey

Record360’s first truck rental customer survey found that most respondents look for a truck rental company with strong customer service and enhanced vehicle condition reporting.

Tags: Customer Service, Vehicle Damage, Truck Rental, Record360

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Another Hike in Diesel Prices, Oil Nears $50 Per Barrel

The average price of diesel fuel increased once again last week continuing a streak of price hikes that began in February.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Radiant Logistics Moves Into the Red

The third party logistics and multi-modal transportation services company Radiant Logistics Inc. reported on Monday afternoon it swung from a profit to a loss in the first quarter of the year despite a 54.2% increase in net revenue.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, Radiant Logistics, Fleet Earnings

May 16, 2016 - Product News

Cummins Filtration Revamps Website Search Tool

Screenshot via CumminsFiltration.com

Cummins Filtration has launched a new website with a faster search tool to make it easier to find Fleetguard filtration solutions for diesel engines, transmissions and industrial applications.

Tags: Cummins, New Website, Filters, Cummins Filtration

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Falter in Weaker Economic Environment

Source: FTR

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index fell by nearly 50% in March as a weak economy during the first quarter of 2016 negatively impacted the freight market.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Freight Rates

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Rates Well Below Year Earlier Levels

The amount of North America freight shipments and freight spending remain below levels from a year ago despite monthly gains, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report, and there is a concern conditions could get worse.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ODFL Adds Terminal in North Carolina

Photo: ODFL

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened its newest service center, a 61-door facility located just off I-85 in Kings Mountain, N.C.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group Expands Energotest Road-Test Program

Photo: PIT Group

PIT Group has expanded its spring 2016 Energotest event with an invitation-only VIP Day for select Canadian and U.S. trucking operations and a Fleet Forum for invited participants and PIT Group fleet members.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PIT Group

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Taps UPS Freight’s McArdle for Board Seat

Rich McArdle Photo: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has appointed UPS Freight President Rich McArdle to the board of the nonprofit research organization.

Tags: ATRI, People, UPS

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Launching Revamped Wi-Fi

Photo: Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J has announced it is rolling out a new and “completely revamped” Wi-Fi network at its travel center locations this month.

Tags: Drivers, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ACT: Class 8 Supply Still Running High

Chart: ACT Research Co. LLC

The supply of Class 8 trucks continues to rise faster than demand for those trucks, according to the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index released by ACT Research Co. LLC.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload, Intermodal Rates Post Drops

A measure of per-mile truckload linehaul rates declined again in April along with a separate gauge of intermodal shipping costs. And there is little to no indication conditions will soon improve.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment Improve; Wholesale Inflation Returns

One of the biggest drivers of the American economy is showing renewed signs of life as consumers seem to be more upbeat following a sluggish first quarter. However, an economic drag on trucking remains stubbornly high as prices at the wholesale level turned slightly higher.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Kentucky Road Removed from National Truck Network

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been authorized by the Federal Highway Administration to delete KY 151 (Graefenburg Road) in Anderson and Franklin counties from the National Truck Network on an emergency basis due to “safety considerations.”

Tags: Kentucky, FHWA, STAA

May 12, 2016 - Product News

Western Star Debuts Extreme Duty Off-Road 'Transformer'

Western Start Trucks' new Extreme Duty MBT-40 configured as a 70-metric-ton tractor. Photo by Jim Park

Western Star Trucks has just unveiled an extreme heavy-duty off-road chassis that could make owning multiple single-purpose trucks obsolete. The MBT-40 Transformer can pick up an drop truck bodies the way trash trucks pickup and drop roll-off containers.

Tags: Western Star, Vocational Trucks, Severe Duty, Extreme Duty Trucks

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Head Highlights Renewed Customer Focus

This newly decorated truck will participate in the annual Memorial Day Ride for Freedom. Photo by Deborah Lockridge.

Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks, acknowledges that Volvo in recent years may have been "too internally focused." Read about what the company is doing under its latest reorganization to put more focus back on the customer.

Tags: Class 8, Volvo Group, Assembly Plants, Volvo Trucks North America

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Trade Coalition CAGTC Elects New Chairman

Tim Lovain Photo via Capitol Strategies

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors has elected Tim Lovain, who represents the State of Washington to the Coalition, as its third Chairman.

Tags: Infrastructure, Leadership, People

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Tour Heads East

On May 11 the propane autogas Ford F-150 visited the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Okla. (PHOTO: Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance AutoGas is headed into the second half of its 5,300-plus mile, 12-city, cross-country road trip with a converted propane autogas Ford F-150 trailering a propane autogas mower.

Tags: Ford F-150, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, #AAGRoadTrip

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa 80 to Run Classic Kenworth in Antique Car Rally

The 1938 Kenworth Truck participating in the Hemming’s Motor News Great Race. Photo: Cat Scale

The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum has been selected as a lunch stop for the Hemming’s Motor News Great Race, a cross-country road rally of antique vehicles that will include Iowa 80’s own 1938 Kenworth as the only semi-tractor in the competition.

Tags: Kenworth, Classic Truck, Iowa 80 Truckstop

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

TMCFutureTech Registration Open for Student Technicians

Registration is open for the third annual National Student Technicians Competition at TMCFutureTech 2016, announced event sponsor Velociti.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Competition, Technicians, TMCSuperTech

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