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April 17, 2017 - Industry News

HDTX to Feature Interactive Fuel Efficiency Roundtables

Photo: NACFE

Participants in next month’s Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange event will participate in a special roundtable discussion about fuel economy technologies, facilitated by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and HDT editors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Events, NACFE, HDTX

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Blackberry, Modagrafics Help Fleets Understand Asset Tracking in the Digital Age

Fleet executives at a seminar co-hosted by Blackberry earlier this month learned how new asset-tracking systems can  system can generate more revenue by optimizing trailer usage, improving delivery times and other logistics.<br />Photo: Blackberry

A Chicago seminar helped fleets understand connected transportation trends, the evolution of the smart trailer, and how to use new Blackberry sensor technology to take advantage of those trends.

Tags: Blackberry, Trailer Tracking, Asset Tracking, Real Time Freight, Modagrafics, Internet of Things, Telematics

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

America’s 'Check Engine Light' is On, Says New Film About Failing Infrastructure

&amp;ldquo;Be Prepared To Stop&amp;rdquo; takes a hard look at the failing U.S. Interstate Highway System and paints a grim picture of a society unable to function if the trend isn&amp;rsquo;t corrected soon. Photo: Delaware Park Productions

America’s roads and bridges aren’t far from failing. And when that happens, the country will have about five days of normalcy before the trucks stop rolling and chaos ensues, says filmmaker Jennifer Clymer.

Tags: Infrastructure, Trucking's image, Image, In the Media

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Transflo Mobile, Drivewyze Team up for Enhanced Weigh Station Bypass

Drivewyze says the new PreClear app integration works on the same mobile devices carriers and drivers use to run Transflo Mobile, so no additional transponder is required. HDT file photo

The new new Drivewyze PreClear app integration will allow Transflo Mobile users to bypass over 600 fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites in 39 states and provinces, according to the companies.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Truck Weights, Pegasus TransTech, Weigh-Station Bypass

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Building $22M Logistics Facility

Daimler says a new logistics center in Gaffney, S.C., will boost a number of key business operations for FCCC. (Photo: DTNA)

A new logistics facility is the centerpiece of a $22.7 million investment expected to affect a number of key business operations for FCCC.

Tags: Freightliner, Vehicle Manufacturing, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Groundbreaking

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Ease as Consumer Prices Drop Slightly

Retail sales fell for the second straight month during March, according to the Commerce Department on Friday. Separate reports showed consumer prices declined – but there are expectations that retail imports will continue to grow as the overall economy expands.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Consumer Prices, Gross Domestic Product, Ports

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

FCMSA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session in Atlanta

FMCSA will webcast its listening session from Atlanta on April 24. Photo: Peterbilt

How do you inspect an autonomous truck? That and other questions are on the minds of federal officials who scheduled a listening session, amid speculation the DOT is preparing to issue guidelines for autonomous vehicle use – perhaps before year's end.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Autonomous Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

SmartDrive Spells Out High Costs of Distracted Driving

Public domain photo

While it doesn’t take rocket science to view distracted drivers as accidents waiting to happen, new data-based findings released by SmartDrive indicate just how risky and costly these vehicle operators can be.

Tags: Distracted Driving, SmartDrive

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Gets Set to Run with the Big Rigs with Electric Truck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that his company would unveil a new, electric, autonomous truck this September. Photo: Jack Roberts

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tease-tweets an all-new, electric, autonomous semi truck set to be unveiled this September.

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Takes ELD Rule to Supreme Court

Image: www.supremecourt.gov

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has flung a Hail Mary pass in its quest to overturn the electronic logging device mandate, petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the regulation violates the Fourth Amendment.

Tags: OOIDA, ELD, U.S. Supreme Court

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Innovative Thinking to Highlight New Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange

Tim Richardson will teach HDTX attendees how to better foster innovative thinking. Photo courtesy Tim Richardson.

Tim Richardson, co-author of the book “Transformation Thinking: Tools and Techniques That Open the Door to Powerful New Thinking,” will be the keynote speaker for HDT’s new Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange event next month, helping attendees learn how to overcome the barriers that hold back innovative thinking.

Tags: Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Schism: Truck Groups Draw Lines over ELD, Speed-Limiter Rules

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

A proxy war of words over how the Trump administration should approach existing and proposed truck-safety rules has erupted among some trucking and stakeholder groups.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, ELD, The Trucking Alliance

April 13, 2017 - Press Release

Navistar Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Fleet Charge

Navistar announced the 30th anniversary of its Fleet Charge program — Navistar’s private label purchasing card program.

Tags: Fleet Cards, Navistar Fleet Charge, Purchasing Cards, 30th Anniversary

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Truckload Freight Index Jumps 47%

A monthly gauge of the spot freight market moved sharply higher in March, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, marking the first month-over-month increase of the year as shippers ramped up activity.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says attitudes in the trucking industry toward the viability of truck platooning have shifted dramatically in the past couple of years. Photo: Peloton Technology

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says early-adopter platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to go. An infusion of funding led by Omnitracs will help make that happen.

Tags: technology, Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Peloton Technology

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Buys Land to Support Manufacturing Operations

Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Stoughton Trailers has purchased approximately 17 acres of vacant real estate in the City of Brodhead, Wisconsin, in support of its manufacturing plant located directly across the street.

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Releases PHEV Pickup Specs

Photo of W-15 courtesy of Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group's W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup should provide 80 miles of all-electric range and an equivalent of 75 miles per gallon when operating on electric power, the company has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Workhorse W-15

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit New Record High

Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of U.S. for-hire freight movements set another record high in February, according to new Transportation Department figures released Wednesday, following no change the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Forward Air Acquisition to Expand Intermodal Footprint

Photo: Forward Air

Yet another indicator of the upswing in trucking mergers and acquisitions is word that Forward Air Corporation has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Central States Trucking Co., will buy substantially all of the assets of Atlantic Trucking Co., a Charleston, S.C.-based privately held provider of intermodal and drayage services.

Tags: M&A activity, Intermodal, Forward Air

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Heat Up Despite Less Freight

Spot truckload freight rates posted impressive gains the first week of this month despite a small but typical decline compared to the week before, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, as shippers rushed to move cargo before closing their books on the first quarter.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Launch Regional VNR Model

Volvo says its new VNR model, to be launched later this month, is indicative of the company&#39;s design philsophy today.<br />Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Saying it will "change antiquated perceptions of what trucks should look like," Volvo Trucks North America will launch its new VNR Regional Haul truck at the ExpoCam show in Montreal later this month, with new streamlined experior styling and features such as a steering wheel that tilts like a car’s.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, YouTube, Social Media, Vocational Trucks, ExpoCam, Regional Haul

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

Snider Fleet Solutions Opens Major Tire Retread Facility

The new facility features all-new Michelin Retread Technologies equipment housed in 455,000 square feet of floor space. Photo courtesy Snider

Snider Fleet Solutions' new North Carolina retread facility is one of the largest in the Michelin retread network and is capable of producing 600 finished retreads daily.

Tags: North Carolina, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Retreads, Tires, Snider Fleet Solutions

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Buys Truck System Technologies

San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International has acquired Truck System Technologies, a provider of tire-pressure monitoring and mobile-asset management systems technology.

Tags: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, P.S.I.

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Implores Congress Not to Raise Truck Weights

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Photo: Hartt Transportation

The Truckload Carriers Association reiterated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks.

Tags: Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

April 11, 2017 - Global News

UD Trucks Rolls Out Flagship Cabover for Japan

UD Trucks Quon (Japan) Photo: Volvo Group

UD Trucks has launched the all-new Quon in the Japanese market as “a full model change” for its heavy-duty flagship.

Tags: UD Trucks, Volvo Group, Global, Japan, Cabovers

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