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April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Safety Groups Seek End to Roadway Fatalities

Photo via Minesweeper/Wikimedia.

A coalition of safety groups has released an ambitious plan to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050 in response to rising fatalities in recent years that have reversed the progress of earlier decades.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Research, Safety

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla Removed from Crash Investigation for Violating NTSB Rules

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Tesla will no longer be able to participate in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X after it violated the agency’s rules on sharing investigative information before being vetted and confirmed.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla, Autonomous Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Accidents, Drivers, Safety, Tesla Model X

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

Interim NHTSA Chief Nominated to Lead Agency

Photo of Heidi King, deputy administrator of NHTSA, courtesy of that agency.

President Donald Trump has nominated Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more than a year after taking office. King has been serving as the interim head of the nation's top road safety agency.

Tags: NHTSA, Safety, Donald Trump, Executive Appointment, U.S. Senate

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mobility Research Center Opens in Michigan with Microsoft Support

The American Center for Mobility provides a myriad of real-world environments with the ability to test under a range of driving environments. Photo: ACM

Microsoft is the exclusive data and cloud provider for the mobility center at the historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.

Tags: Research, Microsoft, Safety, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Vehicle Testing, Michigan, Big Data

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Trucks, Expedition for Shifter Cable

Photo of 2018 F-150 pickup courtesy of Ford.

Ford is recalling an estimated 350,000 2018 F-150 and 2018 Expedition vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as 2018 F-650 and F-750 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmissions because a clip that locks the gear shift cable may not be fully seated.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Transmissions, Ford F-150, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Ford Expedition, 2018-MY, Safety

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Many States Falling Short on Distracted Driving Laws

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Some 20 states still lack texting while driving bans for all drivers or total cellphone bans for teens and novice drivers, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

Tags: Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Safety, Teen Drivers, State Laws

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Names Horvath Director of Safety Policy

Dan Horvath, ATA director of safety. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations has hired Dan Horvath as the organization’s new director of safety, in charge of transportation safety advocacy.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Safety

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Penske Logistics Adds Video-Based Safety Program

The foundation includes event-triggered onboard cameras from SmartDrive that face inside the truck cab, and outwards to the road, along with an ongoing driver safety coaching program. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Logistics is introducing the next generation of truck fleet safety technology through a video-based safety program in more than 2,800 of its heavy-duty trucks across the company’s North America operations.

Tags: Penske Logistics, SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, Safety

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Les Schwab Recalls Retread Truck Tires

Photo of Les Schwab Tire Center in Thornton, Col., via Les Schwab.

Les Schwab is recalling 41,336 steel-belted radial retread truck tires because the vulcanizing compound used during the process may not have been completely cured, which can lead to incomplete adhesion of the tread to the tire casing.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, Tires, Retreads, Safety

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Arizona Halts Uber's Autonomous Testing

Screenshot via ABC Action News.

Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey called the crash "an unquestionable failure" and suspended Uber's ability to test self-driving cars on public roads throughout the state.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Fully Autonomous, Pedestrians, Vehicle Testing, Arizona, Mobileye

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Tests After Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

Photo via Diablanco/Wikipedia.

Uber has shelved its self-driving vehicle program after one of its test vehicles struck and killed a female pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. The accident marks the first known death of a pedestrian hit by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Pedestrians, Vehicle Testing

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Collision Avoidance May Have Lessened Truck Crash Damage

The truck after the crash. The NTSB said the driver may have been fatigued, and that collision avoidance/collision mitigation technology could have prevented or reduced the severity of the crash. Photo: NTSB

A collision avoidance system might have prevented or lessened the severity of a 2016 crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV that killed six people and injured five, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tags: NTSB, Collision Avoidance Technology, Safety, Drivers, Accidents

March 13, 2018 - Product News

SmartDrive Launches Video Safety Platform With New Hardware

SmartDrive's SR4 hardware is more than 50% smaller than previous iterations to reduce the distraction to the driver, especially for dash- and windshield-mounted equipment. Photo: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems launched the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware for fleets, offering a comprehensive video- and sensor-based intelligence platform for fleets looking to improve driver habits and safety.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, Wabco, Drivers, In-Vehicle Video, Connected Vehicles, Safety, Training, ADAS

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Least-Traveled Roads Named in Each State

Photo: Geotab

Alaska's Dalton Highway (State Route 11) has been named the most scenic and quiet route in the U.S., according to a new analysis from Geotab.

Tags: Alaska, Geotab, Traffic Congestion, Drivers, Safety

February 26, 2018 - Industry News

Utah Paving the Way for Autonomous Cars

Photo via Bernard Gagnon/Wikimedia.

A Utah bill aimed at adopting rules that would allow autonomous cars and trucks on roads in the state passed a House committee on a unanimous vote on Feb. 21. The proposed legislation will now proceed to the full House for consideration.

Tags: Utah, State Legislation, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations on Propane Tankers

NTSB has issued six safety recommendations regarding the loading of propane tanker trucks. Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations on loading and inspecting propane truck tankers after its investigation of a 2016 crash.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, NTSB, Tankers, Propane Transport, Safety

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Improved VHD Deserves Better Sales, Volvo Says

VHD retains its original "broad-shouldered" styling, and now gets LED headlamps to improve forward visibility. Photo: Tom Berg

Volvo's vocational VHD model truck gets a new interior and LED headlamps to make it a more desirable choice for operators of dump, mixer, refuse and other rough-service vehicles.

Tags: Driver Comfort, LED Lighting, Safety, World of Concrete, Vocational Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America

January 27, 2018 - Industry News

Video: Autopiloted Tesla Rear-Ends Fire Truck

Both NHTSA and NTSB will investigate a Los Angeles-area collision involving a Tesla Model S that the driver said was operating in Autopilot mode.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, NHTSA, Safety, Rear-End Collisions, Semi-Autonomous, Accidents

January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Intelligent Intersection Tech Coming to Columbus

Image courtesy of Continental.

Continental will install its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology to help prevent intersection crashes.  

Tags: Continental, City of Columbus, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, U.S. DOT, Safety, Connected Vehicles, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure

January 11, 2018 - Industry News

How to Plan for the Surge in Truck Demand

Photo courtesy of Biso via Wikimedia.

A back order of Class 5 to 8 trucks will put pressure on component supply such as tires, engines, and transmissions. Here’s what small fleets can do about it.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Parts, Supply Chain Management, Safety

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Sprinter 3500 Vans Recalled for Crosswind Assist

Screen shot via YouTube.

The recall covers 2,177 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 and Freightliner Sprinter 3500 vans.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, Safety

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

Transportation Accidents Most Common Work Fatality

Photo of car crash by CGP Grey via Wikimedia Commons.

Work deaths climbed 7% in 2016, and transportation incidents accounted for 40% of those fatalities, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Safety, Bureau of Labor Statistics

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Top Safety Director and Driver of the Year

Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, is the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. ATA also recognized Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation as the National Driver of the Year.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safe Driving, Safety

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

NTSB will investigate the latest autonomous vehicle crash, which occured the first day on the job for this AAA/Keolis electric van. Photo: Twitter

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

Tags: AAA, NTSB, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Adopts AAA Advanced Safety Tech Recommendations

Photo: Maverick Transportation

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, commonly known as the Trucking Alliance, announced that its carrier members must use four truck-safety technologies that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded are critical to reducing large truck crashes and saving lives.

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Safety, Air Brakes, AAA, Hair Testing, In-Vehicle Video, Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

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