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October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Is White House Considering Fuel Tax Increase for Infrastructure?

Photo: Jim Park

Published reports indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to push for a hike in the fuel tax to help pay for the president's promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week January Dates Announced

The 13th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week will be held Jan. 22-25 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The event is a four-day conference for the North American independent heavy-duty aftermarket industry.

Tags: HDMA, Aftermarket, Events, HDAD, HDAW

October 25, 2017 - Product News

SmartDrive SmartSense Sensors Detect Bad Driving

Image: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems has introduced the SmartSense line of intelligent driver-assist sensors designed to identify dangerous driving risks.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Launches Electric Truck Brand E-Fuso

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation launched E-Fuso, a product brand exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses, and unveiled its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, E-Fuso

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Driver Goes 55 Years Without Accident

Photo of Tom Camp courtesy of UPS.

Tom Camp has driven more than 1 million miles for UPS without an accident and achieved a feat no other company driver has achieved — a spotless 55-year safety record.

Tags: Drivers, UPS, Michigan, Safety

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Issues First-Ever Autonomous Truck Policy Guidelines

ATA has issued 21 policy points aimed at smoothing the eventual deployment and operation of autonomous trucks. Photo: Freightliner

ORLANDO – The American Trucking Associations issued its first-ever policy guidelines concerning the deployment of autonomous trucks in interstate commerce operations.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Autonomous Vehicles, ATA MC&E

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Urge NAFTA Negotiators to Support Trade

Although much of the discussion has revolved around Mexico, a great deal of goods travel by truck between the U.S. and Canada, as well. Photo: Jim Park

ORLANDO – Three of North America’s largest trucking associations – American Trucking Associations, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and Mexico’s CANACAR – have come to the defense of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which they see as a business driver.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Mexico, NAFTA, ATA MC&E

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Chanje Offers Charging for Its Electric Delivery Van

The Chanje V8070 provides 100 miles of electric range with 3,000 pounds of payload, and can reach a top speed of 80 mph.

Chanje, an electric delivery van maker, and eMotorWerks, a charging solutions provider, will partner to deliver a smart charging platform to commercial fleet customers.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Smart Grid, Chanje, eMotorWerks

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Rises for 10th Straight Month

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year. Graphic: U.S DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement Partners totaled $97.4 billion during August as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

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

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Workforce Development Subcommittee to Tackle Worker Shortages

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations announced the creation of its Workforce Development Subcommittee to address the issue of recruiting, training, and retaining personnel to work in the trucking industry.

Tags: Technician Shortage, ATA, Training, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Driver Shortage, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Joins American Trucking Associations

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has joined American Trucking Associations as the federation's newest member.

Tags: ATA, J.B. Hunt, Large Fleets

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Trucking Image Award Winners Honored at ATA Conference

Winners of the 2017 Mike Russell Trucking Image Award, honoring individuals and organizations that have worked on behalf of the industry, were announced by American Trucking Associations at the Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Image, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Elects Dave Manning as 73rd Chairman

New ATA Chairman Dave Manning (c) and outgoing chairman Kevin Burch (l) listen as ATA President & CEO Chris Spear introduces Manning to the media at the closing press conference of the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

American Trucking Associations’ board of directors has elected Dave Manning, president of TCW from Nashville, Tenn., as the federation’s 73rd Chairman.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 24, 2017 - Product News

PeopleNet Launches Four Products at MC&E

PeopleNet announced the debut of four products designed to improve fleet security, safety, and efficiency at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, PeopleNet, Scanning, ATA MC&E, Backup Cameras

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Telogis Offers Telematics Through Ford SYNC

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Commercial and fleet customers who purchase a Ford vehicle with SYNC Connect will be able to access Telogis telematics services through the vehicle, the telematics vendor announced at its Latitude conference.

Tags: Ford, Telematics, Ford F-150, Telogis

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Expert: Truck Safety Begins and Ends with All of Us

Volvo's Carl Johan Almqvist: “The multimillion dollar question is why do accidents happen?” Photo: David Cullen

ORLANDO – Getting beyond the always sobering yet stultifying dry facts and figures that safety experts often recite to make their case, Volvo Trucks’ Traffic and Product Safety Director Carl Johan Almqvist presented a common-sense take on why vehicle accidents occur and what we can all do to help prevent them.

Tags: Volvo, Driver Safety, Highway Safety, ATA, Safety

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Tops ATRI's Critical Industry Issues List

Driver-related issues took the top five spots on this year's report. Photo: Plastic Express

ORLANDO – For the first time since 2006, the driver shortage is number one on the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual top industry issues report, surging six spots higher, followed by two concerns closely related to drivers: ELDs and hours of service.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Global News

Element Fleet Management Canada Names President

Gittens

Element Fleet Management Canada has promoted its former chief commercial officer to the role of president.

Tags: Canada, Global, Promotions, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies

October 23, 2017 - Product News

Detroit Connect Virtual Technician Adds Support for DT12

Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission. Photo: Detroit

ORLANDO – The Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic system can now deliver remote event diagnostics for Detroit DT12 automated manual transmissions, the company announced during ATA's annual meeting. The Detroit Connect mobile app is also now available for download for Freightliner and Western Star customers with active Detroit Connection subscriptions.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Virtual Technician, Detroit DT12, Detroit Connect

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Reveals Plans for Blockchain System

This graphic shows how a blockchain logistics chain develops as new conditions and terms of the contract are added during a shipment. Graphic: TMW Systems<br />

TMW Systems says it is developing a new blockchain system for trucking with the potential to create a transparent, secure, real-time logistics matrix that could save the industry as much as $80 million a year.

Tags: Technology, TMW Systems, Logistics, Blockchain

October 23, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner Unveils Driver-Focused Updates to Cascadia

Photo: Freightliner

ORLANDO – Freightliner Cascadia updates announced during ATA's annual meeting include keyless entry and medical power supply option designed for a CPAP machine.

Tags: Freightliner, Sleep Apnea, Freightliner Cascadia, ATA MC&E, Driver Health

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Platooning, Electrified Cascadia in the Works at Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen talks to reporters during the ATA MC&amp;amp;E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO – Advanced technology, from platooning to electric trucks – both of which you'll be seeing soon from the nation's biggest truck maker – was a key topic of a reporter roundtable with Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Battery-Electric Vehicles, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Zonar Offers Video-Based Driver Coaching System

Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – Zonar announced the Zonar Coach video-based coaching solution, designed to improve safety, efficiency, and compliance for commercial vehicle drivers, during ATA's annual meeting.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Video Event Recorders, Zonar, Driver Coaching

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Spear Praises Trump for Championing Trucking Interests

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations chief Chris Spear praised President Trump for his administration's work to improve trade policy, reform tax law and criticized the culture of obstruction in Washington toward trucking industry legislation during ATA's annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Legislation, Taxes, ATA, Infrastructure, NAFTA, ATA MC&E, Donald Trump

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking’s Best Honored at ATA MC&E

President&#39;s Award winners on stage at ATA MC&amp;amp;E. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of several of the industry’s top honors as part of the association’s Leadership and Awards Luncheon at its annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, Awards, ATA MC&E

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