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March 2, 2017 - Industry News

GM Fleet Partners with Spireon on Telematics Solution

Using General Motors’ OnStar hardware, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system to GM fleet customers starting in May 2017.

Tags: OnStar, Telematics, Telogis, General Motors, Spireon, Commercial Link

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Preps for Electric Ecosystem with ChargePoint Investment

Photo: Daimler

Germany's Daimler AG has become the lead investor in American charging solutions provider ChargePoint as part of a plan to expand its development of electric vehicles.

Tags: ChargePoint, Daimler, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EV Charging Stations

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo’s Euro Efficiency Concept Truck Now Boasts Hybrid Power

Euro-spec Volvo Concept Truck boasts hybrid diesel-electric powertrain. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid truck designed for long-haul applications—a concept vehicle based on its European-spec Volvo FH cabover tractor powered by Volvo’s own D13 Euro 6 emissions-compliant diesel engine.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Europe, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Researchers: Big Data Could Move Trucking Better

Photo: U.S. DOT

Researchers at Iowa State University say that using real-time data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation could help fleets save billions of dollars a year by avoiding congestion.

Tags: Productivity, Traffic Congestion, Iowa, Big Data

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Doft Launches On-Demand Truck Sharing Service

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Targeting a market worth $80 billion, Doft - which stands for “do freight transportation” - has set its sights on being the first Uber-like service for trucks

Tags: Mobile Apps, Doft, Truck Sharing

March 2, 2017 - Product News

Meritor EX+L Air Disc Brakes Offered on International LT

Photo: International

Meritor’s EX+L air disc brakes became available on International LT series starting in February.

Tags: Meritor, International Trucks, Brakes, Air Brakes

March 2, 2017 - Press Release

Clean Fuels Ohio to Help Deploy 500 Workhorse Electric Pickup Trucks

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Group has received a letter of intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Workhorse W-15

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

PeopleNet and Noregon Partner on Predictive Remote Diagnostics

PeopleNet and Noregon are extending a partnership to deliver a new, real-time vehicle-performance and safety monitoring solution for all heavy-duty truck makes and models.

Tags: PeopleNet, Noregon Systems, Remote Diagnostics, Predictive Analytics

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins X15 Efficiency Wins TWNA Technical Achievement Award

At the TWNA awards ceremony are (left to right) Jim Park, chairman of the TWNA awards committee; Tim Proctor, X15 technical director, Cummins; Jim Nebergall, X15 program director, Cummins; and Mario Sanchez-Lara, communications director, Cummins. Photo: TWNA

The Cummins X15 Efficiency Series diesel has won the Truck Writers of North America’s 2016 Technical Achievement Award.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Truck Writers of North America, X15

March 1, 2017 - Product News

Denso Launches PowerEdge Emissions-Control Products

Photo: Denso

Denso Products announced that it will begin accepting orders for its new line of PowerEdge diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst replacement products for heavy-duty trucks and equipment in March.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, DPF, Clean Diesel Technologies, Denso

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Underride Guard Earns Kudos from Crash Survivor, Insurance Institute

Photos: Stoughton Trailers

Stoughton Trailers has earned the ToughGuard Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the respect of Marianne Karth, a survivor of a rear-impact crash that took the lives of two of her daughters.

Tags: IIHS, Underride, Stoughton Trailers, Rear Impact Guards

March 1, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Launches Integrated Routing, Dispatching and Compliance Solution

Screenshot via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has launched its integrated Routing, Dispatching, and Compliance solution, the company announced at its third annual user conference, Omnitracs Outlook 2017.

Tags: Compliance, Fleet Management Software, Routing, Dispatch, Omnitracs

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

President Trump addressing Congress on Feb. 28. Image via WhiteHouse.gov

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson Academy Offers Online Maintenance Training

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Hendrickson has launched an interactive online education portal called the Hendrickson Academy that provides video-based maintenance and repair procedures for many of the company’s suspensions and components.

Tags: Online Training, Technicians, Hendrickson

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Surging as Construction, Personal Spending Slip

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued expanding in February, according to two surveys of the nation’s purchasing managers. One report shows conditions are the best in two years while the other indicates things are slightly cooler than they were at the beginning of 2017.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Income, Personal Spending

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.

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