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October 27, 2016 - Product News

Paragon Updates Routing and Scheduling Software

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Paragon Software launched the latest version of its advanced transport solution, with a number of improvements to the Planning and Paragon Live modules.

Tags: Tracking, Routing, Paragon Software Systems

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Mixed, New Home Sales Best in 9 Years

Shipments and new orders for long-lasting manufactured durable goods were varied in September. While home sales continue growing, one key economic indicator fell.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

October 27, 2016 - Product News

Mahle Develops Lead-Free Diesel Engine Bearings

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Mahle Engine Components has developed a lead-free bearing system for heavy-duty truck engines, engineered with polymeric coatings for better wear resistance to help engine manufacturers deal with new low-viscosity engine oils.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Bearings, Low-Viscosity Oil, Mahle

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Reliable Trailer Systems Joins HDA Truck Pride

Indianapolis, Ind.-based Reliable Trailer Systems has joined the HDA Truck Pride network of independent parts and service providers.

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

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Tighter Capacity Fuels Improved Trucking Conditions

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index saw an increase in August fueled by tighter capacity brought about by looming regulations.

Tags: Utilization, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Plunge 11%

Used Class 8 same-dealer truck sales fell in September, reversing a growth trend that started in February, according to ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia Earnings Up, C.H. Robinson Down

As more trucking companies report third quarter earnings, most are showing profits are down from the same time a year ago – but there are a few exceptions.

Tags: Economy, Saia, C.H. Robinson, Fleet Earnings

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Names 33 America’s Road Team Finalists

American Trucking Associations has named 33 professional truck drivers as finalists to become captains on the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Awards, America's Road Team, Truck Driver Safety

October 25, 2016 - Product News

Jacobs Offers Improved Engine Brake for 2017 X15 Engine

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Jacobs Vehicle Systems has announced an optimized engine brake for the 2017 Cummins X15 engine designed to add additional braking power from the engine compared to past models.

Tags: Cummins, Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Engine Brake, Cummins X15

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Rule Published

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The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have officially published the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/ fuel efficiency rule for commercial vehicles in the Federal Register.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Greenhouse Gas, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Budweiser Delivers First Shipment Using Autonomous Truck

The driver monitored the 120-mile trip on I-25 from the sleeper. Photo courtesy Otto.

Otto and Budweiser announced Tuesday that they have reached a major milestone on the road to autonomous trucking with the completion of the world’s first shipment using a self-driving truck.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Profit Up 4.7%, Paccar Down Nearly 20%

At a time when many trucking companies are reporting lower third quarter earnings, Swift Transportation bucked the trend, but truck and engine maker Paccar saw its earnings fall.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Peterbilt, Earnings, Paccar Financial, Swift Transportation, DAF, Fleet Earnings

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Emerging Leaders Nominations Extended Through Friday

The deadline has been extended for the HDT Emerging Leaders honor. We're looking for young trucking industry leaders who are making a difference.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Taper Off After Surge

After two straight weeks of price increases, diesel prices have tapered off with a slight decline last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Demos Active Driver Assist, Available on VN Series

Car ahead slowed and stopped, but Volvo's ADA, aka Bendix Wingman Fusion Advanced, avoided a collision without driver input except steering.

Called Wingman Fusion by Bendix, the system uses radar and a forward-facing camera to detect and identify obstacles ahead, then warn the driver and soon apply the brakes.

Tags: driver safety, Volvo Trucks, Bendix, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Collision Mitigation

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Tighter Utilization Boosts Intermodal Competitive Index

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index rebounded in August to a reading of 2.16, easing some of the concerns of the previous month’s weak reading, according to FTR.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, FTR

October 24, 2016 - Product News

CarriersEdge Offering Vehicle Inspection Training Course

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CarriersEdge has released a full suite of online vehicle inspection training courses for transportation companies and their drivers.

Tags: Training, Inspections, Online Tool, CarriersEdge, DVIR, Driver Training

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Woman Indicted for Impersonating CDL Medical Examiner

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Penn., has indicted Joann Wingate for wire fraud, submitting false documents and aggravated identity theft for impersonating a commercial driver’s license medical examiner.

Tags: CDL, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Medical Examiners

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Rebound

New preliminary numbers suggest U.S. manufacturers started the fourth quarter in a strong fashion, and other numbers point to an improving overall economy in the final three months of the year -- with manufacturing and housing, two key areas related to truck freight, helping lead the way.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

October 21, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys Partners with AutoMeter on Electrical Repair Tools

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Purkeys has announced a new partnership with AutoMeter aimed at supplying fleets and technicians with the necessary tools to diagnose and repair electrical issues.

Tags: Tools, Battery Charger, Electrical System, Purkey's Fleet Electric

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns Drivers About Defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to drivers and passengers of commercial vehicles, warning them of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged or defective lithium batteries and the recently recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

Tags: FMCSA, Recalls, Hazardous Materials, Samsung

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Two Charged with Impersonating Transportation Agencies

Two individuals have been charged for allegedly tricking small trucking companies into paying them for federal and state motor carrier registrations by impersonating government transportation agencies.

Tags: Vehicle Registration, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Crime

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Lukewarm Class 8 Orders See Trivial Increase

Net Class 8 truck orders in September increased modestly from the previous month, possibly signaling that a historically weak season for orders was ending.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Revised CARB Plan Includes $150 Million For Heavy Duty Vehicles

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CARB recently approved a revised $363 million funding plan that includes $150 million for heavy-duty vehicles and off-road equipment, aimed at putting more clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Grant Funding, Emissions Reduction

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Profit Falls While Daimler Gains

Earnings for two of the world’s biggest truck makers varied greatly in the third quarter, according to figures released on Friday, and both had a dim view of upcoming sales in the North American market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks North America, Dana Incorporated

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