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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: Vigillo, SambaSafety, Driver Safety, CSA, 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

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Celebrates Half Century Mark

Western Star's newest Model 5700 paint scheme is based on colors and patterns the company used on show trucks in the 1970s. Photos: Jack Roberts

Western Star, the truck OEM that President Kelley Platt likes to tout as "the last of the custom truck builders" has hit the half-century mark. It also unveiled a new, 25-ton, off-highway truck designed to work in construction, mining and quarry applications to reporters in Phoenix.

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, OOIDA

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking’s Share of Cross-Border Freight Declines

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over past 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking was not a part of the overall increase in the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners during February, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

SAF-Holland and ACOFAS Team up for Tech Training Program

Photo via ACOFAS Facebook

SAF-Holland is teaming up with the American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists for a technician education program taking place June 27-28 in Muskegon, Mich.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, ACOFAS, SAF-Holland

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Dealership Employment Rose 5.6% in 2016

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Employment at truck dealerships hit its highest point in five years, according to a report from American Truck Dealers a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, as dealers work to improve customer uptime and deal with ever-more-complex equipment.

Tags: ATD, NADA, Truck Sales, Dealership, Employment, Truck Dealers, Uptime

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Denso Taps Brett Lowie for Director of Americas Operations

Denso Products and Services Americas, an affiliate of global automotive supplier Denso Corp., has named Brett Lowie its director of Americas Operations.

Tags: Leadership, Denso, People, Distributors, Parts and Service

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Equipment Spending Solid, New Homes Sales Brisk

New orders for long-lasting durable goods increased less than expected during March, according to a new Commerce Department report, but business investment on equipment appears to be solid following the rut it was in for nearly a couple of years.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Old Dominion, UPS Show First Quarter Improvements

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. reported better profit and revenue in the first quarter of the year while UPS Inc. reported earnings showing growth across its business segments

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Registration Opens for North American Commercial Vehicle Show

Online registration is now open for the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show, a trucking trade show set to take place from Sep. 25-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Tags: Events, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Landstar, Forward Air, Hub Group, TFI, Patriot and Echo Global

At a time when many publicly held trucking companies are reporting lower, if not sharply lower, first quarter profits, one stood out among the herd of numbers released Wednesday while another saw a slight improvement in earnings.

Tags: Patriot Transportation, Forward Air, Echo Global Logistics, Hub Group, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, CFI

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