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November 29, 2017 - Product News

BorgWarner Expands Distribution of Thermal Management Products

Photo: BorgWarner

BorgWarner announced that its commercial vehicle thermal management technologies will be available through the independent aftermarket distribution network by those currently distributing Delco Remy Genuine Products in the United States and Canada.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Distribution, Delco Remy, BorgWarner, Fan Drives

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Lockheed Martin Tests Autonomous System for Military Convoys

Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Mobility Applique System has logged more than 55,000 miles in testing, during the U.S. Army’s Extended Warfighter Experiment at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Bliss, Texas.

Tags: U.S. Army, Military, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Military Trucks, Lockheed Martin, ADAS

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Aims to Stay on Top in Mexico

Rollout on Nov. 15 of new Freightliner 360 2528, a Mexico-specific Class 8 truck. Photo: David Cullen<br />

Freightliner is maintaining an impressive 39% share of the Mexican commercial truck market as 2017 draws to a close — and is looking to build on that standing in 2018. HDT's Jack Roberts reports from Puerto Vallarta.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, NAFTA, Daimler Trucks North America, Global

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star 5700XE Delivers Tree to Mich. State Capital

Image of 5700XE being loaded up with the Michigan state capital Christmas tree courtesy of Western Star.

The 2018 Western Star 5700XE, which was showcased at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in September, traveled from Atlanta to Stephenson, Mich., so a 61-foot white spruce Christmas Tree could be loaded onto a flatbed trailer and delivered to the Michigan state capital.

Tags: Michigan, Western Star, Christmas

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Electric, Hybrid Trucks to Exceed 1.6 Million Units by 2027

One of the electric trucks that are adding to the growth in future estimates is the Mitsubishi eCanter. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso)

The overall medium- and heavy-duty truck market is projected to continue its reliance on conventional diesel powertrain for the next decade, but hybrid and electric powertrains populations will increase, with volumes expected to grow from about 125,500 to 1.66 million from 2017 to 2027.

Tags: Truck Sales, Navigant Research, Hybrid-Electric Truck, Electric Trucks, Predictions

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Growth Revised to Highest Level in 3 Years, Consumers Upbeat

Total U.S. economic activity in this year's third quarter increased more than originally estimated, according to revised numbers issued Wednesday by the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Gross Domestic Product

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Testimony: Fuel Rebate Fraud Was Open Secret at Pilot Flying J

In the ongoing trial of four former Pilot Flying J executives for their participation in a fuel rebate scam, recent witness testimony suggests a culture of openness existed about the fraud that appeared to be encouraged by top executives.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Crime, Trial

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Reefer Rate Hits 3-Year High, Van Lanes Surge

While the short Thanksgiving workweek meant fewer loads and trucks posted on the spot truckload freight market demand for capacity boosted van and refrigerated freight rates, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Considers Drone Test Program a Success

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz recently concluded a three-week test program in Zurich, Switzerland, that used drones and Mercedes Benz vans to make on-demand deliveries, calling the pilot a success according to a recent Bloomberg report.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, E-commerce, Europe, Last Mile Delivery, Drones, Vans

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Cyber Monday Sets Online Shopping Records

The Monday after Thanksgiving, nicknamed Cyber Monday, was the largest online shopping day in history for U.S. retailers, with $6.59 billion worth of goods sold – a 16.8% increase from the year before.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Blockchain Group Expands to Include All Transportation Types

The group formerly known as the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance has expanded its mission and been renamed the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, reflecting its widened focus on all forms of transportation.

Tags: Information Technology, Freight, Logistics, Big Data, Blockchain, Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, Blockchain in Transport Alliance

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Study 'Excessive Commuting' by Truck Drivers

Photo: FMCSA<br />

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on a proposed survey of “excessive commuting” by truck drivers. The agency is defining as excessive any commuting to work that exceeds 150 minutes.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fatigue

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo and Clean Energy Form Natural Gas Compressor Company

Photo of a Clean Energy CNG Station courtesy of  Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Landi Renzo and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will form a new standalone company that will supply natural gas compressors to meet the growing demand of transportation fleets that seek solutions to replace diesel.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Joint Venture, Landi Renzo

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

J&R Schugel Offers $15K Signing Bonus for Experienced Drivers

Photo: J&amp;amp;R Schugel

Minnesota-based J&R Schugel has announced a $15,000 sign-on bonus for experienced over- the-road drivers who join the carrier before the end of the year.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names New Bandag Marketing Director

LaTres Jarrett Photo: Bridgestone

Bridgestone Americas has named LaTres Jarrett as director, marketing for Bandag, the Bridgestone business dedicated to the research, development, and manufacturing of retreads.

Tags: Bridgestone, People, Retreads, Marketing, Bandag, New Hire

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Hit 10-Year High, Manufacturing Eases a Bit

Sales of new homes rose last month while two separate reports show the nation’s manufacturing sector is nearly as strong this month as it was during October.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Lists Electric Truck at $150K for Base Model

Photo: Tesla

Tesla has posted the prices for its upcoming electric truck, the Tesla Semi, showing an expected price of $150,000 for the base model. A version with a longer range will start at $180,000.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Posts 11th Straight Monthly Increase

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Percent Change from Previous Year, September 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners increased for the 11th straight month during September, according to new Transportation Department figures, but it's the smallest gain since April.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, Railroads

November 24, 2017 - Press Release

Geotab Joins TRALA


Geotab is the newest Associate Member of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), the nonprofit national trade association for the truck renting and leasing industry.

Tags: TRALA, Membership, Geotab

November 23, 2017 - Press Release

Houston Truck Driver Wins International ProStar

Houston area driver Jim McCauley receives the keys to an International ProStar from Danny Thomas of Navistar as the winner of the OnCommand Connection Sweepstakes. (Photo courtesy of Navistar)

The sweepstakes, which was open to qualified truck drivers holding a CDL, celebrated the availability of OnCommand Connection Telematics.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Drivers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Sweepstakes, International ProStar, Navistar OnCommand

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Responsible for Rise in Transportation Fatalities

Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board has released data showing that 2,030 more people died in transportation accidents in 2016 than in 2015, with highway deaths accounting for 95% of all transportation fatalities.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Holiday Travel, Road Deaths

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Holiday Travel Projected to be a Nightmare

Happy Holidays! Photo: U.S. DOT

AAA is projecting that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, marking the highest level in a dozen years.

Tags: AAA, Gas Prices, Traffic Congestion, Holiday Travel, Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Installs Signs to Prevent Wrong Way Driving

Photo: Arizona DOT

The Arizona Department of Transportation has added large “Wrong Way” signs along Interstate 17 on bridges and other structures to help prevent wrong-way drivers.

Tags: Highway Safety, Arizona, Arizona DOT

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Use of Natural Gas

Ryder operates a fleet of liquified natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty trucks and has now partnered with Clean Energy. (Image courtesy of Business Wire)

Clean Energy will open a station in Georgetown to fuel the trucks that are expected to consume approximately 380,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of liquified natural gas each year.

Tags: Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, Ryder

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Surges 9.9% Year over Year

The American Trucking Associations&amp;rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.3% in October, following a 1.9% decline during September. In October, the index equaled 147.6 (2000=100), up from 142.9 in September. Graph: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.3% in October, following a 1.9% decline during September.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Leading Economic Indicators


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