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June 15, 2017 - Product News

Haldex Launches Online Drum-vs.-Disc Brake Calculator

Haldex&#39;s new online calculator allows the fleet to input a number of factors to determine which type of brake is best for its application.<br />Photo: Haldex

Haldex's new web-based calculator was developed to allow fleets to input customized data so they can compare the overall cost of ownership between drum brakes and air disc brakes.

Tags: Driver Safety, Brakes, Total Cost of Ownership, Haldex, Safety, Air Disc Brakes

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Next Trucking Expands Online Freight Shipping Platform

NEXT Trucking bills itself as a&amp;ldquo;unique&amp;rdquo; trucking marketplace which allows truckers to sell their services by posting the routes they want to drive at the pay they want to earn.<br />Photo: NEXT Trucking

The new service is designed to connect small- to medium-sized international shippers with North American truckers and fleets to streamline logistics and provide transparency for both parties.

Tags: Online Booking, Logistics, Mobile Apps, Freight Brokers, Uber for Trucking

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

New President Named for RoadRunner Freight

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has promoted Frank Hurst to president of Roadrunner Freight, the company’s asset-light less-than-truckload business.

Tags: Leadership, Roadrunner Transportation

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Show Sixth Year Over Year Gain

May trailer orders were better than expected, according to preliminary estimates from ACT Research. After a very slow start last fall, orders have been up year over year every month since December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-150 Engines Add Power, Efficiency

Photo of 2018 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford is revamping its F-150 engine lineup for 2018 to offer a more efficient V-6 and more powerful V-8 in a lineup that will also include a diesel option for the first time, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Buses

June 15, 2017 - Product News

International Announces Standard Air Disc Brakes For New LT Series Tractor

The ADB22X air disc brake now standard on LT Series tractors features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life.<br />Photo: International

International Truck is making air disc brakes standard equipment on all axles for all models of the new International LT Series tractor, a move the company says is a first.

Tags: International, Brakes, Safety

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Hikes Interest Rates Again; Retail Sales, Inflation Ease

Despite retail sales falling by the biggest amount in 16 months and a dip in consumer prices, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the third consecutive quarter as the central bank signaled its confidence in the U.S. economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Soar Along With Load-to-Truck Ratios

Graphic: DAT

Average spot truckload freight rates jumped sharply for the second straight week in all three major equipment types while load-to-truck ratios also headed much higher for the week ending June 10, according to new figures from DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Reveals ‘Wheel with No Air’ Tire Concept

Michelin&#39;s long-term Visionary concept can perhaps be best summed up as a &quot;wheel with no air.&quot; Photo: Michelin

Looking not unlike a lushly blue life form on James Cameron’s cinematic world of Pandora, the prototype of Michelin’s Visionary concept tire glowingly held center stage at the tire maker’s Movin’ On global conference on sustainable transportation.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Tires and Wheels, Movin' On Conference

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Falls for Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2012 - April 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of total for-hire freight movements in the U.S. fell for the second straight month in April, according to a report issued Wednesday by Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

June 14, 2017 - Product News

Rolling Strong Offers Mobile Driver Health and Wellness Platform

Rolling Strong has unveiled a new mobile platform aimed at helping drivers to stay healthy. Photo: Rolling Strong

Rolling Strong, a driver wellness focused company, has announced a mobile health and wellness platform to help improve driver health, safety, and retention.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Rolling Strong

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing to Acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing

Penske expects its deal to acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing to close in July of this year. Photo: Penske

When completed, the deal will add approximately 1,400 tractors, trucks, and trailers to Penske's fleet.

Tags: Leasing, Penske Truck Leasing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Old Dominion Freight Line

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Moves into Telematics with NexTraq Acquisition

Michelin&#39;s acquisition of NexTraq will enhance the company&#39;s solutions for driver safety, fuel management and enhancing fleet productivity. Photo: Michelin

Michelin has announced its pending acquisition of NexTraq, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial fleet communications systems.

Tags: FleetCor Technologies, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, NexTraq, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Taking Long View of Sustainable Transportation

Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard (right) welcomes attendees to Movin&amp;rsquo; On conference as Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre looks on. Photo: Michelin

As Ralph Dimenna, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Truck Tires, sees it, the Movin’ On sustainability conference that the global tire maker is hosting this week aims “to promote free thinking” to help address the various issues now impacting transport mobility.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Movin' On Conference

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Offers Propane Autogas Medium-Duty Engine

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a medium-duty engine powered by a propane autogas that's 75% cleaner than the current emissions standard and has been approved for use by regulators, according to the company.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Defense Lands $18.8M Contract for Medium Tactical Vehicles

The $18.8 million contract will go toward 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles for Iraq. Photo: Navistar Defense

The U.S. Army recently awarded Navistar Defense an $18.8 million foreign military sales contract to provide 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles to Iraq.

Tags: Iraq, Military Vehicles, Navistar Defense, Global, Navistar

June 13, 2017 - Product News

International LT to Come Standard with Truck-Lite Mirrors, Lights

Photo: International Trucks

Truck-Lite announced that three of its components will be standard equipment on International Truck’s 2018 LT Series heavy-duty truck.

Tags: Truck-Lite, International Trucks, Vehicle Lighting, LT Series, Lighting

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Names VP of Driver Engagement

Scott Barker has been promoted to vice president of driver engagement at Swift Transportation. Photo: Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation has promoted Scott Barker to vice president of driver engagement, a newly formed role at the company, in charge of providing support for the company's drivers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Drivers

June 13, 2017 - Press Release

OnTerra Systems Updates Route Planning Software

Image: OnTerra Systems

OnTerra Systems and Bing Maps have introduced a new version of its RouteSavvy route planning software based on Bing Maps Version 8 that significantly increases the performance of this route planning tool designed for small to mid-sized fleets, according to the company.

Tags: OnTerra, Route Optimization, Telematics

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sacramento to Run Electric Garbage Truck on Regular Routes

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, installed on the Sacramento electric refuse truck, transforms a chassis meant to be diesel-powered to one with zero-emission all-electric drive. Image: Motiv

The City of Sacramento, California, says it will run one of the first all-electric garbage trucks on regular routes in the area.

Tags: City of Sacramento, Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund will again run out of money in 2020 if no long-term solutions are found. Photo: HDT file photo

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Orbcomm Buys Fleet Management Software Provider Inthinc

Orbcomm has acquired the assets of Salt Lake City-based Inthinc, a fleet management and driver safety solutions provider.

Tags: inthinc, Mergers & Acquisitions, ORBCOMM

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Great Dane Relocates Atlanta Branch

Great Dane&#39;s new Atlanta facility. Photo: Great Dane

Great Dane’s Atlanta, Georgia, branch has moved to a new, significantly larger location, with an expanded parts showroom and bigger stock yard.

Tags: Trailers, New Facility, Atlanta, Great Dane

June 12, 2017 - Product News

FourKites Real-Time Temperature Tracking Helps Shippers Stay FSMA-Compliant

FourKite&#39;s solution allows shippers to track load temperatures in real time. Image via FourKites.

FourKites has launched a new real-time temperature and location tracking solution for shippers, allowing users to monitor shipment temperatures and ensure compliance across the supply chain.

Tags: Shippers, Asset Tracking, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers, FourKites

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