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May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Offers Solution for Reducing Transportation Spend

Source: Ryder System, Inc.

Ryder's Kirk Morton and Nicole Smith will help you understand your transportation infrastructure and show you how to reduce your transportation spend.

Tags: Leasing, Total Cost of Ownership, Ryder

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

In Financial Pickle, Celadon Shuffles Management, Ups Liquidity

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Group has announced changes in its top management and a new line of credit, noting that it expects to report a significant operational loss for the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Leadership, Financial Report, Credit Lines/Ratings, Celadon Group, People

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Republic Services Expands Twin Cities CNG-Powered Fleet

Event guests took a tour of the new CNG trucks. (Photo courtesy of Republic)

Republic Services unveiled today a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and more than 50 new CNG-powered trucks to serve customers throughout the Twin Cities region. The new CNG trucks are replacing older, diesel-powered trucks in the Company’s Twin Cities-based fleet.

Tags: Republic Services, CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Refuse Fleets

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-650, F-750 Receive Performance and Service Updates

Photo of 2018 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has updated its Class 6 to 7 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks with performance and service improvements for the 2018 model-year.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2018-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Group Crafts New Terminology to Describe Emerging Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Daimler Trucks North America was one of 34 leading automotive companies that helped CTA compile its list of new technology terms.<br />Photo: Freightliner

The Consumer Technology Association, working in conjunction with leading automotive and trucking industry OEMs and suppliers, has worked out a “common lexicon” to help consumers better understand the terms and concepts associated with autonomous vehicle technologies.

Tags: Technology, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Alcoa Looks to Detroit for Styling

Alcoa displayed a few prototype black aluminum wheels at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photos: Jim Park

Alcoa is looking at the potential of producing a black version of the Dura-Bright Evo wheel. The company brought a few prototypes to the Mid-America Trucking Show, trying to see if people noticed them and asked about them.

Tags: Alcoa, Wheels, MATS

May 2, 2017 - Product News

Stoughton to Install TopKit Aero System on Rental, Lease Trailers

The TopKit Aero System Image: SmartTruck

Stoughton Lease will begin installation of SmartTruck TopKit Aero Systems on across its entire fleet of rental and lease trailers.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, Stoughton Trailers, Top 20 Products, Trailers

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion, Distracted Driving, HOS Top ATRI's Research Priorities

The American Transportation Research Institute has decided on its research priorities for 2017, approving studies on congestion, driver distraction, hours of service, and autonomous truck technology, among others.

Tags: Research, Distracted Driving, HOS, ATRI, Congestion

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Unveils PHEV Pickup Concept

Photo of Workhorse W-15 by Chris Brown.

Testing of the plug-in hybrid half-ton pickup begins this year, while production is slated for late 2018, the company says.

Tags: Workhorse, Large Pickups, Workhorse W-15, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Deploy Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck in California

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS will begin using a medium-duty delivery truck that uses gaseous hydrogen to power an electric battery and motor in Sacramento, California, with an eye toward expanding use of the alternative fuel after a successful test.

Tags: UPS, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Delivery Fleets, Hydrogenics

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Developing Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth announced that it is developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell version of the T680 day cab for drayage tractor operation at Southern California ports.

Tags: Kenworth, Port of Los Angeles, SCAQMD, Port of Long Beach, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel, Drayage, Alternative Fuels

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder to Distribute, Service Workhorse Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group that makes Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America, Ryder has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Ryder, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Comments on Fuel Taxes for Highway Infrastructure

Sounds like Donald Trump was listening when ATA visited the White House. Photo: American Trucking Associations

A comment by President Trump in an interview has led to widespread reporting that the president would consider raising fuel taxes to help pay for infrastructure. His press secretary later emphasized that the comments did not indicate support for such a strategy.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Two Flatbed Carriers Merge With Daseke

Photo: The Schilli Companies

Two open deck specialized transportation companies, The Schilli Companies and Big Freight Systems, have merged with Daseke, which says it's the largest owner of open deck equipment in North America.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc., Canada

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Introduces 2018 Natural Gas Engines

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero Engine (Image courtesy of Cumins)

Cummins Westport announced its model year 2018 lineup of renamed natural gas engines for regional haul, vocational, transit, bus and refuse applications.

Tags: RNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG, Natural Gas Engines, zero emissions vehicles, Engines

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Ancra Launches New, Mobile-Friendly Website for Cargo Products

Screenshot of the Ancracargo.com homepage.

Ancra International launched a new website for its cargo division with a new design at www.ancracargo.com.

Tags: Cargo Management, New Website, Ancra, Cargo Securement

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Ask GAO to Examine Impact of Autonomous Technology on Trucking

Two U.S. Senators  asked the General Accounting Office to look at the impact autonomous vehicle technology will have on more than 2 million Americans who work in, or support, the trucking industry. Photo: Peterbilt

If you’re concerned about the potential impact autonomous vehicle technology will have on truck drivers in the future, you’re not alone. Two U.S. senators want the Government Accountability Office to look into how it will affect truck drivers and communities.

Tags: Truck Drivers, GAO, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

May 1, 2017 - Product News

PacLease Offers Toll Management to Lease, Rental Customers

Photo: David Cullen

Paccar Leasing has announced that it will offer automatic toll billing and collecting to its lease and rental customers through PacToll, a toll management program created through a partnership with Bestpass.

Tags: PacLease, Tolls, Bestpass, Toll Management, Transponders

May 1, 2017 - Product News

SmartDrive Cameras Can Provide 360-Degree Coverage

SmartDrive 360 allows up to four cameras to trigger during a risky maneuver or collision, giving fleets a 360 degree view of the event. Screenshot via SmartDrive.

SmartDrive Systems' video-based safety system can now support additional cameras, giving 360-degree coverage of the vehicle.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, NPTC, SmartDrive, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Demo Begins of BYD Electric Yard Truck

Photo courtesy of BYD Trucks.

BYD, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the vast regional transportation infrastructure in the New York City area, will demo a battery-electric BYD Class 8 yard truck for the next several weeks.

Tags: Class 8, Light-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Port of New York and New Jersey, Electric Trucks, BYD Company Limited

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows Along with Incomes, Construction

Activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued to throttle back in April from a near two-year peak earlier in 2017, but it continues to expand. Separate reports show drops in consumer spending and construction, but analysts remain generally optimistic about the entire year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

May 1, 2017 - Product News

PeopleNet Adds Weather, File Sharing to ConnectedFleet

Screenshot via PeopleNet

PeopleNet introduced two new products: myRoads, offering real-time weather and road conditions; and myMedia, simplifying file sharing between fleets and drivers.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, NPTC, Weather Alerts, Weather

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Mother Searches for Trucker who Tried to Save her Daughter

The late Dorothy Marko Photo courtesy of Truckload Carriers Association

The tragic death of a young woman in Oklahoma has led a grieving mother to search for a truck driver who stopped to try and save her daughter.

Tags: Truck Drivers, TCA, Highway Angel, Road Deaths

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Uber’s Autonomous Vehicle Head Stepping Aside During Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year&#39;s ATA Managment Conference &amp;amp; Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group and founder of autonomous truck startup Otto, has stepped aside from that role in the midst of a legal battle with Waymo, according to a Business Insider news report.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

April 28, 2017 - Product News

Samsung and Magellan Partner on ELD Solution

Photo via Samsung

Samsung Electronics America has partnered with GPS navigation provider Magellan to deliver an ELD-compliant hours-of-service tracking solution for short- and long-haul trucking.

Tags: Hours of Service, Magellan, ELDs, Samsung

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