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March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volume Up Slightly Over Past Week, Rates Flat

Spot truckload freight volumes improved a bit during the week ending Feb. 25 thanks to a 7% gain in flatbed load posts, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but rates were virtually unchanged.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar, Volkwagen Close Strategic Alliance Deal

Navistar International Corp. announced the closing of its "wide-ranging strategic alliance" with Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which includes an equity investment in Navistar, a procurement joint venture, and technology and supply collaboration.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Endorses Developing Autonomous Trucks

Hands-off on the highway in the Freightliner Inspiration, a demo vehicle for autonomous-driving technologies. Photo: David Cullen

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (aka the Trucking Alliance) has announced its unanimous support for the development of autonomous driving technologies for commercial vehicles

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Autonomous Vehicles

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Mack Launches Wireless Software Updates

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has launched Over The Air, which lets customers update software wirelessly to minimize scheduling disruptions and increase efficiency and uptime. The company is also offering a 30-day trial of Mack Fleet Management services with Telogis Fleet.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Software, Telogis, Mack Trucks

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Trucks Increases Uptime, Efficiency with Remote Programming

Volvo says software updates can be done while the driver is having lunch.

Volvo Trucks North America is expanding its connected vehicle services with new Remote Programming over-the-air updates for powertrain software and parameters.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Remote Diagnostics, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Offers Sneak Peak of New Refrigerated Van

A new refrigerated trailer from Stoughton will be available to order late in 2017. Production is slated to begin in early 2018.

Tags: Stoughton Trailers, Refrigerated Trailers, Trailers, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Wireless Monitoring System Checks Battery Charge, Battery Health

The Wireless Monitoring System for commercial vehicles offered by eNow is designed to provide updates on the state of charge and state of health of batteries.

Tags: Batteries, eNow, Electrical System

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Two Studies Examine Truck Parking with New Methods

ATRI used a camera-based system to track parking availability for one of the studies. Source: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has posted two new truck parking studies on its website that use different methods to track available capacity.

Tags: Case Studies, ATRI, Truck Parking, Minnesota DOT

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Chooses F-150 for PHEV Powertrain

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has decided to pair its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with Ford's F-150 pickup, the vehicle modifier has announced. The vehicle will be available in the fourth quarter.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Vehicle Modifiers

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Goes Public via Merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition

Cargo-securement training at WTI, one of the open-deck carriers in the Daseke family of companies. Photo: Daseke Inc.

Flatbed fleet operator Daseke Inc. became a public company on Feb. 27 by completing its previously announced merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II. The deal included HCAC changing its name to Daseke, Inc.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Creep Upward for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. crept upward last week, continuing a three-week streak of modest increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices, Trends

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Performance Unchanged; Durable Goods Rebound

The widest measure of the nation’s economy performed as first estimated in the final quarter of last year despite a jump in consumer spending, according to a new assessment released Tuesday. Meanwhile, orders for long-lasting durable goods rebounded somewhat in January.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Gross Domestic Product

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Extends Oil Drain Intervals to 80,000 Miles

Cummins says X15 Efficiency Series and X15 Performance Series engine owners can extend their oil drain intervals up to 80,000 miles using the free Cummins OilGuard program, which uses engine performance data and oil analysis to safely optimize oil drain intervals.

Tags: Cummins, Valvoline, Engine Oils, Oil Drain Intervals, Cummins X15

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA’s DeLorenzo: Move to ELDs Benefits Everyone

FMCSA's DeLorenzo. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, sees it, there are positive reasons why all motor carriers need to be conscious of the upcoming electronic logging device mandate deadline of December 18, 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Omnitracs, Alcohol Testing, ELDs, Compliance

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

Navistar's new A26 diesel engine, unveiled at TMC in Nashville, is the product of a radically new approach to engine design by the company.

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

Tags: International, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Economy, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins to Offer Engine Maintenance Notifications

Cummins' new Guidanz telematics system features a 9-pin J1939 interface that downloads engine fault codes directly to a smartphone or similar mobile device.

Cummins announced its new Connected Adviser telematics system at TMC's Annual Meeting in Nashville, which allows customers to receive information analyzed by engine experts at Cummins, making it easier for fleet managers to make service decisions about the vehicles in their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Cummins, Downtime, Technology & Maintenance Council, Diesel Engines

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Awards Two Silver Spark Plugs at Annual Meeting

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has honored two maintenance professionals with the Silver Spark Plug award, the organization's highest honor.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Product News

Great Dane Reveals Smart Trailer Concept at TMC Meeting

Great Dane is presenting three new product features at the TMC Annual Meeting and Technology Exhibition, including a new smart trailer concept, antimicrobial interior reefer liners, and a stronger rear impact guard.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Great Dane, Food and Beverage Fleets, Rear Impact Guards

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Sees Trucking as “Test Bed” for Autonomous Technology

Spear speaking at Omnitracs Outlook conference. Photo: Stephane Babcock

According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.

Tags: ATA, Omnitracs, Autonomous Vehicles

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Names 2017-2018 General Chairman and Treasurer

Glen McDonald of Memphis, Tenn.-based Ozark Motor Lines has been elected 2017-2018 general chairman and treasurer of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum Photo: Daimler

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and bus operations.

Tags: Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, Global, People

February 27, 2017 - Product News

International Truck to Launch New 12.4L Diesel Engine

International Truck will launch the A26 engine, a new 12.4-liter diesel engine designed for the Class 8 market, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TWNA Announces 2016 Technical Achievement Award Finalists

The Truck Writers of North America has announced the top five finalists for its 2016 Technical Achievement Award, including engines, a disc brake, a steel wheel, and electronic cruise control products.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Launches "Most Efficient" Drive Axle Ever

Photo by Jim Park

Based on today's diesel prices, a 1,000-truck fleet equipped with the 14X HE drive axle could realize $1 million per year in fuel savings, according to Meritor.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Downspeeding, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE: Modest Gains Seen So Far from Variable Engine-Driven Accessories

Variable engine-driven accessories are being tested for their fuel-saving capabilities on various OEM SuperTruck designs, such as this one by Volvo.

New NACFE confidence report on emerging technology says that current fuel economy gains are modest, but some systems show promise and research and development should continue.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Advanced Technology

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