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March 9, 2018 - Industry News

ATRI Wants to Examine the Impact of E-Commerce on Trucking

The American Transportation Research Institute is asking ,motor carriers to participate in a survey to assess the impact of e-commerce on the trucking industry.

Tags: Survey, E-commerce, ATRI, Last Mile Delivery

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Named Finalist for 3 ASPBE Journalism Awards

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is a finalist for three journalism awards presented by the American Society for Business Publication Editors, nicknamed the Azbee awards, for its online and print coverage of the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Waymo Begins Autonomous Truck Test Program in Atlanta

Fresh off runs in Arizona and California, Waymo says it is ready to begin autonomous truck tests in Atlanta's heavy urban traffic conditions. Photo: Waymo

Google's autonomous technology division said in a recent blog post it will begin testing self-driving trucks hauling freight to Google data centers in and around Atlanta.

Tags: Google, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo, Fully Autonomous, Artificial Intelligence

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobs Booming, Manufacturing Throttles Back

Employers in the U.S. added far more jobs in February than analysts were expecting, but there are some concerns about the nation’s manufacturing sector as consumer credit slowed and the trade deficit hit a near 10-year high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve, International Trade

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Old Dominion Freight Line Announces Leadership Transition

Greg Gantt (center) has been named CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, succeeding David Congdon (left)  who will replace Earl Congdon (right) as the executive chairman of the board. Photo: ODFL

Greg Gantt is succeeding David Congdon as CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line as of May 16 as part of the less-than-truckload company’s designed succession plan.

Tags: Leadership, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Electric Tesla Semi Spotted on California Highways

A recent YouTube video showed footage of a Tesla Semi driving in broad daylight on a highway near Sacramento, Calif., and Tesla founder Elon Musk later confirmed that it had started testing the electric truck.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

TMC Developing S-Cam Brake Troubleshooting Guide

Ever since automatic brake adjusters (ABA, also called automatic slack adjusters) were first required by law in 1994, many drivers and surprisingly, brake technicians, still respond to an over-stroking S-cam brake by manually readjusting the device rather than determining the root cause of the problem. Photo: Jim Park

Work is underway on a long-overdue TMC Recommended Practices document addressing excessive applied stroke in S-cam brakes – a problem too often incorrectly addressed by adjusting the automatic brake slack adjuster.

Tags: TMC, Meritor, Brakes, Technician Training, Air Brakes

March 8, 2018 - Product News

Eco Flaps Tested on LTL Equipment

Eco Flaps Splash Guard Photo: Eco Flaps

The Eco Flaps aerodynamic splash guards were recently evaluated for fuel savings on less than truckload equipment in multi-trailer setups.

Tags: TMC, Aerodynamics, Mud Flaps

March 8, 2018 - Product News

Knapheide Unveils Two Aluminum Truck Bodies

Knapheide's Aluminum Service Body Photo: Knapheide

Knapheide Manufacturing has introduced a new aluminum service body and aluminum platform body at the 2018 Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Knapheide, Truck Bodies, Aluminum

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar International Begins Year with ‘Strong Start’ Despite Wider Loss

Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. on Thursday reported its net loss grew during its fiscal first quarter compared to a year ago, but one top official insisted the company is headed in a positive direction.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Motiv to Supply Spartan Motors with Electrified Step Van Chassis

Photo of EPIC F59 chassis courtesy of Motiv.

Spartan Motors has signed an agreement with Motiv Power Systems to supply battery-electric chassis products for Class 4-6 Utilimaster step vans for three years.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Utilimaster, Spartan Motors, Motiv Power Systems, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Step Vans

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Distributor Adds Propane Autogas Delivery Trucks

Photo of F-650 beverage truck courtesy of Ford.

Southern Eagle Distributing, one of the oldest Anheuser-Busch distributors, has purchased two propane autogas-fueled Ford F-650 delivery trucks to reduce emissions and fueling costs.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Food and Beverage Fleets, Delivery Fleets, Distributors, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford F-650

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2019-MY

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Urges Action from Congress on Infrastructure Plan

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear spoke before Congress about the importance of a strong plan for infrastructure funding. Photo: U.S. DOT

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear appeared before Congress, urging the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to act quickly and intelligently on the infrastructure funding plan.

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

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Hino Enters Heavy-Duty Market with XL Series Truck

Hino debuted the XL Series Class7/8 trucks, which puts it into the heavy-duty segment in the U.S. for the first time. Photo: David Cullen

Hino Trucks announced a new lineup of Class 7/8 trucks called the XL Series at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tags: Hino, Work Truck Show, Class 7, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, New Vehicles

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Freight Availability Jumps, Capacity Tightens Over Past Week

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market surged 7.6% during the week ending March 3 as rates appear poised to rebound, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Isuzu Testing Battery-Electric Cabover

Photo of electric plug on NPR courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America showed a battery-electric N-Series cabover at the Work Truck Show that's now serving as a research vehicle to allow the manufacturer to gauge interest from fleets who would use the truck for certain applications.

Tags: Class 5, Isuzu N-Series, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Daimler’s Schaefer Redefines What it Means to be Green

Daimler’s Kary Schaefer explains why she thinks that green innovation “goes beyond reducing tailpipe emissions.” Photo: NTEA

As Kary Schaefer sees it, what’s green for trucking shouldn’t be narrowly defined. Rather, it should embrace any number of innovative advances that enhance efficiency.

Tags: Green Initiatives, Work Truck Show, Active Safety Systems, Natural Gas Vehicles, Daimler Trucks North America, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Connected Vehicles

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Uses Virtual Reality to Show Pre-Collision Assist

Photo by Roselynne Reyes.

Attendees of the 2018 Work Truck Show can experience Ford Motor Co.’s new Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, which is now standard on 2019 Transit Connect compact vans.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford, Automatic Braking, Virtual Reality, Pedestrians

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Mack Adds More Configurations to the Granite MHD Truck Lineup

Mack Trucks today announced several new enhancements to its Mack Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) model, increasing its versatility. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has added new features to its Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) truck, aimed at increasing its versatility and enabling more cost effective choices for customers that need a durable and light work truck.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Class 7, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Mack Trucks

March 7, 2018 - Product News

Valvoline Offers Oil for Natural Gas, Diesel, and Gasoline Engines

Valvoline's Premium Blue One Solution 9200 engine oil is approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines. Image: Valvoline

Valvoline says its new Premium Blue One Solution 9200 is the first engine oil approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines.

Tags: TMC, Valvoline, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engine Oils

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Noregon Updates JPro Professional, Adds Educational Module

Shane Gilliam senior vice president of sales at Noregon giving the company's presentation at the TMC Annual Meeting. Photo: Jim Park

Noregon has issued a major update for its in-shop diagnostic and repair solution, JPro Professional 2018 v1.

Tags: Software, TMC, JPRO, Noregon Systems, Maintenance Management

March 7, 2018 - Product News

Seeva Raises $2M for Heated Windshield Washer Fluid Dispenser

Seeva Technologies' heated windshield washer fluid dispenser can keep everything from windshields to cameras, to sensitive sensors used in autonomous vehicles clean in a variety of conditions. Photo: Jim Park

Seeva Technologies' heated windshield washer fluid dispenser can keep everything from windshields to cameras, to sensitive sensors used in autonomous vehicles clean in a variety of conditions.

Tags: TMC, Startups, Cleaning Products, Autonomous Vehicles, Windshields

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Isuzu FTR Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Photo of FTR family courtesy of ICTA.

Work Truck magazine named Isuzu Commercial Truck of America's (ICTA) Class 6 FTR cabover its 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year and presented the award today at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. This marks the third win for the truckmaker since the award was first presented 11 years ago.

Tags: Isuzu, Isuzu FTR, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year, Medium-Duty Trucks, Work Truck Show

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

International Launches MV Series Class 6/7 Truck

The International MV Series is a new Class 6/7 truck designed to be easily upfitted. Photo: David Cullen

International Truck has launched a new medium-duty Class 6/7 vehicle called the MV Series at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It has been designed from the ground up for adaptability and comes with many driver-centric features.

Tags: Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Class 6, Class 7, Medium-Duty Trucks, International Trucks, Vocational Trucks

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