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May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Boosts Safety with SmartDrive Video System

Diagram of feedback loop for video-based safety program. Image: SmartDrive Systems

Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.

Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems

Photo via MiX Telematics

An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.

Tags: Technology, Safety, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

OEMs Partner with PeopleNet and Omnitracs

PeopleNet and Omnitracs recently announced exclusive deals with original equipment manufacturers Peterbilt, Kenworth and Cummins to provide telematics and diagnostic tools for the companies.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Technology, Paccar, Peterbilt, PeopleNet, Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, telematics, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Launches Diagnostics and Productivity Tools

The Nav+ HD system. Photo via Kenworth

Kenworth will begin offering Trucktech+ and Nav+ HD technology products designed to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity.

Tags: telematics, Kenworth, Technology, Vehicle Diagnostics, Navigation System, MATS, Medium-Duty Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Product News

More Powerful Radar in Wabco’s OnGuardActive

OnGuardActive uses a longer-range radar antenna to provide advanced warning of slow-moving vehicles and other obstructions and is effective in all seasons and all weather conditions, says Wabco.

Tags: Technology, Collision Avoidance Technology, Wabco, MATS

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases CSA App, ATA Calls It Irresponsible

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has released a smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to current online safety performance information on interstate truck and bus companies. The ATA called the move irresponsible.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, U.S. DOT, BASIC, Mobile Apps, Safety & Compliance

March 16, 2015 - Product News

Mack's GuardDog Connect Monitors mDrive Transmissions

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks will be using its Mack GuardDog Connect integrated telematics system to monitor critical fault codes for trucks equipped with Mack mDrive automated manual transmissions.

Tags: telematics, Technology, Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

International Upgrades Truck and Body Electronics

International's Diamond Logic electrical system. Photo: International Trucks

International Truck announced a new body control module designed to deliver six times faster processing speeds for truck and body electronics at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Technology, Work Truck Show, Vehicle Electronics, International Trucks, Diamond Logic, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Writers Announce Technical Achievement Award Finalists

Truck Writers of North America named five finalists for its 2014 Technical Achievement Award. The winner will be announced during the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Tags: Technology, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicles Near for Delivery Work, Report Says

A trend report published by DHL outlines the potential of autonomous technologies in transportation and logistics, and that the industry is well suited to take advantage of such technologies.

Tags: Technology, Self-Driving Vehicles, DHL

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Names New VP of Technology

Gerard DeVito. Photo: Eaton.

Eaton named Gerard DeVito vice president of technology for the Vehicle Group. The promotion will be effective on Nov. 1, 2015.

Tags: Technology, Eaton, People

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Automatic Tire Inflation System in Fleet Testing

A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company tire test engineer checks the pressure on a tire equipped with the company's Air Maintenance Technology. Photo:  Goodyear.

Goodyear will test its Air Maintenance Technology for commercial vehicles -- which keeps tires inflated without any external pumps or electronics -- on trucking fleets over the next year and a half.

Tags: Technology, Air Maintenance Technology, Tire Inflation, Tires, Goodyear, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Inflation

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: New Truck Technologies Can Dramatically Cut Fuel Bills

Inside of an automated transmission, one of several technolgies helping fleets reduce their fuel bills, according to NACFE. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Fleets operating 41,000 tractors and 130,000 trailers achieved fuel savings of $7,200 per year per truck by adopting a variety of new technologies, according to a new study released Wednesday by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Technology, Research, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

England Van Lines Retrofitting Trucks with Stop-Start Technology

California-based England Van Lines plans to retrofit its fleet of moving trucks in San Jose with new stop-start technology allowing drivers to coast through traffic lights without having to stop.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Technology, California, Engines

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Working on Talking Car and Light Truck Technology

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is spearheading national efforts to create connected-vehicle communication technology for roadways. Photo: VTTI

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.

Tags: Technology, Safety, Information Technology, U.S. DOT, V2V, NHTSA

September 20, 2013 - Industry News

Survey: More Truck Drivers Embracing Technology and Eco-Friendly Practices

Today's professional truck drivers are more environmentally conscious and staying more connected than ever through technology, according to a new survey of Atlas Van Lines drivers.

Tags: Recycling, Technology, Information Technology, Atlas Van Lines

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Qualcomm Selling Omnitracs Transportation and Logistics Business to Vista Equity Partners

Qualcomm announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Omnitracs subsidiary to Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm. Omnitracs was a pioneer in in-cab communication, developing the first widely used satellite tracking and communications system for truck fleets, and today offers a variety of fleet management and telematics solutions.

Tags: telematics, Qualcomm, Technology, Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Releases Analysis on Mobile Devices in Trucking

Saying they wanted to clarify some misconceptions in the marketplace regarding mobile devices, PeopleNet, Minnetonka, Minn., released an analysis comparing the mobile options of BYOD (bring your own device) and COPE (company-owned, personally enabled).

Tags: Technology, PeopleNet

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Drivewyze and Norpass Announce Partnership

Truck operators and fleets using the Norpass weigh station screening service in seven states and two provinces can soon add mobile-based weigh station bypass opportunities in 15 more states following the announcement of a partnership reached between Drivewyze and Norpass.

Tags: Technology, Drivewyze PreClear, Norpass

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Partners with Drivewyze

PeopleNet announced a new partnership with Drivewyze for improving driver efficiency, regulatory compliance and safety.

Tags: Technology, PeopleNet, Drivewyze

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

VDO RoadLog EOBR Fleet Software Ready To Meet Latest HOS Regulations

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has upgraded the software for its VDO RoadLog Electronic On Board Recorder in time to meet the July 1 compliance deadline set by FMSCA for Hours-Of-Service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, HOS

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Safety Chief Opens Zonar User Conference

Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer of the Federal Motor Carrier address attendees at Zonar Systems the Zone 2013 user’s conference.

You'd better be getting ready for new hours of service rules that go into effect July 1, to be followed by proposed rules for electronic logs. That, along with an emphasis on enforcement, was the message from Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in his keynote speech for Zonar Systems' inaugural users’ conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, Information Technology, Zonar, Events, Safety & Compliance

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