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July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Veto of Truck Platooning Bill a Mistake, Says Industry Consultant

Both drivers steer in this test of a platooning system in the western U.S. In the Tesla car crash, the autopilot was in full control – though the driver should've intervened. Photo: Peloton Technology

Car and truck technologies are "completely different," and Missouri's governor erred is equating one with the other in his veto of legislation that would've allowed testing in that state, says a consultant involved in development.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Vehicle Safety Technology, TMC, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

July 1, 2016 - Industry News

White Trailer Proved Invisible to Tesla's Autonomous System

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

A white semitrailer on a bright day proved invisible to the self-driving system of a Tesla S sedan, which failed to brake and ran under the trailer as it crossed in front of the car, said authorities investigating the first fatal crash of an autonomous car in the United States, which happened in early May.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, Underride Guard, Underride, Autonomous Vehicles

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Designs Stronger Rear Underride Guard

The new guard includes two additional bolt-on vertical supports on the outer ends of the horizontal bar.

The patent-pending guard underwent extensive testing internally and through multiple independent testing agencies, including crash testing performed at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s facility in Virginia.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, Stoughton Trailers, Rear Underride Guards, Rear Impact Guards

June 2, 2016 - Industry News

Bendix Offers Maintenance Pointers Ahead of CVSA Roadcheck

Photo: Bendix

With the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual International Roadcheck starting on June 7, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is offering key points on inspecting and maintaining its components.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Inspections, CVSA, Roadcheck, Preventative Maintenance, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Recalled Volvo Trucks Placed Out of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has determined that vehicles included in Volvo Trucks' recent safety recall that have not been repaired should not be operated and are to be immediately placed out of service.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, Out of Service

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Fined for Firing Driver Who Voiced Safety Concerns

OSHA has fined Brindi Trailer Sales and Services for illegally terminating a driver who brought up safety concerns about his truck.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, OSHA, Pennsylvania, Fines, Out of Service Violations

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

AMSA Names Safest Moving and Storage Fleets

Image via AMSA

The American Moving & Storage Association has named its picks for the 2015 AMSA Fleet Safety Award, honoring the safest moving and storage truck and van fleets.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, AMSA, Moving and Storage Fleet

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Warns Shippers About Exploding Hoverboards

The aftermath of a fire involving a hoverboard device. Photo: Chappaqua Fire Department

The U.S. DOT issued a safety alert for the transportation of hoverboards containing lithium batteries that are at risk to heat up, catch fire or explode if improperly handled.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, PHMSA, Hazmat

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposes More Effective Rear Impact Guards

The proposed rules would prevent "passenger compartment intrusion" of a car that rear-ends a trailer for 5 mph more than now.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed rules that would require “more robust” rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. The stronger guards would remain effective at up to 35 mph – compared to 30 mph for current guards.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, NHTSA, Underride Guard, Regulations

November 6, 2015 - Product News

Oakley Transport to Equip Bendix Safety Systems on 300 Trucks

Photo: Oakley Transport

Oakley Transport is adding Bendix collision-mitigation, full-stability, and side-object detection systems on around 300 new Volvo tractors, the carrier has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

OnGuard Active to Sense Stationary Objects in Lane Ahead

Though the driver can’t see the “car,” OnGuard Active’s radar can, and the system brakes the truck to a stop. Higher road speeds might have meant a collision, but damage would’ve been less than if the truck hadn’t slowed at all. Thus “mitigation” rather than “avoidance.”

Meritor Wabco’s OnGuard radar-based collision mitigation system will react to stationary objects as well as slower moving objects in an enhanced version that will be available early next year.

Tags: Meritor Wabco, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Collision Mitigation, Vehicle Safety

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

PG&E Requires CNG Tank Inspections by Dec. 12

Concerned that compressed natural gas tanks in customers’ vehicles might not be sufficiently safe, Pacific Gas & Electric is requiring inspections as a condition of continued use of the company’s filling stations.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, PG&E, CNG, CNG Tanks

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Green, Safe and Connected Trucks to Find Widespread Acceptance

The improved economic environment in developing and developed economies is restoring business confidence and pushing up the global sales volumes of medium-heavy duty trucks, according to a new report.

Tags: Telematics, Driver Safety, Vehicle Safety, Medium-Duty Trucks, Frost & Sullivan, Heavy-Duty Trucks

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