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August 17, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Links In-Cab Video to Critical Event Recording, Electronic Logs

Photo: Omnitracs

Omnitracs says its new Critical Event Video is a fully integrated in-cab video solution that ties into the company’s Critical Event Reporting as well as into its electronic logging technology to help protect driver privacy.

Tags: Omnitracs, In-Cab Cameras, In-Vehicle Video

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, U.S. Energy Department, Federal Grants

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

National Truck Driving Championships Won by Walmart Driver

Charles White Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations named Charles White, a driver for Walmart Transportation based out of Nineveh, Ind., as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Awards, Walmart

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

Summit Truck Group Technicians Compete in Skills Contest

[Left to right] Ryan Deleon, 1st Place Overall; Duke Fancher, Vice President of Service Operations; Nathan Holden, 2nd Place Overall; and Jonathan Metz, 3rd Place Overall Photo: Summit Holdings

Summit Holdings recently held its 4th annual Summit Truck Group Technician Rodeo, pitting the company’s top technicians against each other in a skills competition.

Tags: Competition, Technicians, Summit Truck Group, Truck Dealers

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

Less Freight, More Trucks Push Spot Truckload Rates Lower

Average DAT spot market rates over the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT

A decline in the amount of freight on the spot truckload market coupled with an increase in the number of trucks needing cargo pushed rates down across the board, according to new weekly figures from DAT Solutions that are based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 16, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Phasing Out Venerable T660

T660, descended from the "anteater" T600 of 1985, will go out of production by the end of this year. Photo: Tom Berg

Kenworth customers are getting a “last call” opportunity to order from the final production allotment of 500 T660s.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T660

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

Illustration by herlitz_pbs, used under Creative Commons license.

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

Tags: EPA, GHG emissions, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens Alabama Service Center

Photo: TravelCenters of America

TravelCenters of America has opened a TA Truck Service Facility in Lincoln, Ala., offering four truck service bays.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Repairs, TravelCenters of America, Truck Stops

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Adds RTS Rig Parts and More

The Lubbock, Texas-based RTS Rig Parts and More has joined the HDA Truck Pride network of independent parts and service providers.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride, Distributors, Parts and Service

August 16, 2016 - Press Release

Fleetio Launches Mobile Vehicle Inspections

Screenshots courtesy of Fleetio.

Fleetio has begun offering a Web-based software module that provides an alternative to paper-based vehicle inspections for fleets, the company has announced.

Tags: Fleetio, Mobile Apps, Inspections

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Orange EV Launches Class 8 Electric Truck

Orange EV's all-new Class 8 pure-electric terminal truck. (Photo courtesy of Orange EV.)

Orange EV, a manufacturer of electrification solutions for industrial fleets, is now accepting orders for its all-new T-Series pure-electric terminal truck.

Tags: Class 8, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Electric Trucks, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks, Terminal Trucks

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Pushes Industrial Production Higher Amid Other Reports

The output from the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased in July, the largest gain since November 2014, and there also are improvements in housing and e-commerce. But there is disagreement over what the latest inflation numbers mean for interest rates.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Home Building

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index: Shipments, Freight Spending Continue Declines

Overall shipment volumes and pricing are persistently weak, with increased levels of volatility as all levels of the supply chain continue to try to work down inventory levels, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

Weekly Diesel Prices Show Little Change

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. was essentially flat last week, falling less than a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds Options to T370

Kenworth T370 courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth is enhancing its Kenworth T370 by adding a durable straight steel channel bumper, larger size 385/65R22.5 steer tires, and rugged, molded thermoplastic fender extensions to benefit vocational customers.

Tags: Kenworth, T370, Kenworth T370

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

ACT: Trailer Orders to Fall Well Below Expectations

Preliminary trailer order numbers for the month of July, show a significant drop from the previous month, according to analysis from ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

American Central Transport Names Next President

Phil Wilt Photo: American Central Transport

American Central Transport COO Phil Wilt will take on the title of president, replacing Tom Kretsinger, who's moving up to chairman of the board and CEO.

Tags: Leadership, People, American Central Transport

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

Bendix Offers Remedy for Recalled Parking Brake Valve

Photo: Bendix

Bendix has released a repair solution for the voluntary recall of about 200,000 of its SR-5 trailer spring brake valves.

Tags: Trailers, Recalls, Bendix, Brakes

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

AT&T Launches Telematics Solution for Commercial Fleets

Photo courtesy of AT&T Partner Exchange.

AT&T is rolling out a GPS-based fleet, asset and mobile workforce solution designed to help commercial fleets and other business customers track and manage vehicles, high-value assets, and mobile workers.

Tags: AT&T, AT&T Fleet Complete, Asset Tracking, Mobile Worker

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Fires Back on ELD Rule Ahead of September Court Hearing

Photo: Omnitracs

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a reply brief to the government's arguments defending its controversial electronic logging mandate in the association's lawsuit, scheduled to be heard by a federal court next month.

Tags: OOIDA, Litigation, ELDs

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Improve, Freight Availability Matches Year Earlier

July spot market freight availability caught up with 2015 levels for the first time this year, due to an increase in volume for dry and refrigerated van trailers, and despite a year-over-year flatbed freight volume decline. Graphic: DAT

Average spot truckload dry van rates increased in July from June for the first time in six years, while July spot market freight availability caught up with 2015 levels for the first time this year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Prepares to Launch Fuel-Economy Spec'ed Day Cab T680

Kenworth now offers the fuel-efficient Kenworth T680 Advantage Day Cab for pickup and delivery and regional haul operators.

Kenworth will extend its T680 fuel economy Advantage package into vocational applications soon with the launch of two new, T680 Advantage Day Cab models,, but will cut production of the T660 by the end of the year.

Tags: Kenworth, California, Fuel Economy, Kenworth T680, Hybrid Trucks, Day Cabs

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Morgan Plans to Build Midwest Truck Body Plant

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Medium-duty truck body manufacturer Morgan Corporation has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, New Facility, Truck Bodies, Manufacturing

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Sacramento County Adopts Renewable Diesel

Photo courtesy of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County, Calif. has begun using renewable diesel to fuel many of its heavy-duty vehicles, including more than 400 municipal public works trucks and specialty vehicles.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Diesel, Sacramento County

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Shows Drivers How to Share the Road with Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched Our Roads, Our Responsibility, a safety-focused campaign to raise public awareness about how to operate safely around large commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Pedestrian Safety, Public Safety, Passenger Cars, Share the Road, Image

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