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February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Extends Oil Drain Intervals up to 80,000 Miles

Cummins says X15 Efficiency Series and X15 Performance Series engine owners can extend their oil drain intervals up to 80,000 miles using the free Cummins OilGuard program, which uses engine performance data and oil analysis to safely optimize oil drain intervals.

Tags: Cummins, Valvoline, Engine Oils, Oil Drain Intervals, Cummins X15

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

Navistar's new A26 diesel engine, unveiled at TMC in Nashville, is the product of a radically new approach to engine design by the company.

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

Tags: International, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Economy, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Confirms Commitment to Telematics with Connected Adviser System

Cummins' new Guidanz telematics system features a 9-pin J1939 interface that downloads engine fault codes directly to a smartphone or similar mobile device.

Cummins announced its new Connected Adviser telematics system at TMC's Annual Meeting in Nashville, which allows customers to receive information analyzed by engine experts at Cummins, making it easier for fleet managers to make service decisions about the vehicles in their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Cummins, Downtime, Technology & Maintenance Council, Diesel Engines

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Awards Two Silver Spark Plugs at Annual Meeting

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has honored two maintenance professionals with the Silver Spark Plug award, the organization's highest honor.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Sees Trucking as “Test Bed” for Autonomous Technology

Spear speaking at Omnitracs Outlook conference. Photo: Stephane Babcock

According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.

Tags: ATA, Omnitracs, Autonomous Vehicles

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Names 2017-2018 General Chairman and Treasurer

Glen McDonald of Memphis, Tenn.-based Ozark Motor Lines has been elected 2017-2018 general chairman and treasurer of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum Photo: Daimler

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and bus operations.

Tags: Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TWNA Announces 2016 Technical Achievement Award Finalists

The Truck Writers of North America has announced the top five finalists for its 2016 Technical Achievement Award, including engines, a disc brake, a steel wheel, and electronic cruise control products.

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

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Launches "Most Efficient" Drive Axle Ever

Photo by Jim Park

Based on today's diesel prices, a 1,000-truck fleet equipped with the 14X HE drive axle could realize $1 million per year in fuel savings, according to Meritor.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Downspeeding, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE: Modest Gains Seen So Far from Variable Engine-Driven Accessories

Variable engine-driven accessories are being tested for their fuel-saving capabilities on various OEM SuperTruck designs, such as this one by Volvo.

New NACFE confidence report on emerging technology says that current fuel economy gains are modest, but some systems show promise and research and development should continue.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Advanced Technology

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Appoints Senior Vice President and General Manager

Ray West Photo: TMW Systems

Ray West has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of TMW Systems’ portfolio of transportation management systems, the company announced.

Tags: Leadership, TMW Systems, People

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Google Parent Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo, Lawsuits, Global

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Startup Firm Unveils Prototype Autonomous Truck

Prototype autonomous truck in Nevada desert. Photo: Embark

Yet another startup tech firm has rolled into the autonomous truck arena. San Mateo, Calif.-based Embark publicly revealed its prototype self-driving truck on Feb. 24.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment Rise as Fed Mulls Rake Hike

There are increasing signs the U.S. economy is gaining momentum in the first quarter of the year with gains in home sales and consumer confidence, but it is also fueling speculation that interest rates could head higher as soon as next month.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Federal Reserve

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Announces 2017 Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced its 2017 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant and useful new product announcements from the previous year.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines to Buy Virginia-Based Wilson Trucking

Photo: Central Freight Lines

Central Freight Lines has signed a letter of intent to buy certain assets of Virginia-based Wilson Trucking, a 91-year-old less-than-truckload carrier with 29 terminals in the Southeast.

Tags: LTL, Central Freight Lines, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Commission Ends Tariffs on Truck Tires From China

Photo: Jim Park

The International Trade Commission upended the Chinese tire tariff investigation by voting against imposing tariffs on the products.

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs, Tires and Wheels

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Announces Annual Dealer Award Winners

The Peterbilt Store's president and CEO John Ascott accepted the North American Dealer of the year with his two sons Jeff and Greg Arscott. Photos: Peterbilt

Peterbilt announced the winners of its Dealer of the Year awards at its Dealer Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Tags: Peterbilt, Awards, Dealers, Truck Dealers

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Cross-Border Freight Value Inches Higher, Trucking’s Share Falls

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its border neighbors increased in December for the third time in five months following a string of declines, according to new figures released Thursday by the Transportation Department.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

SambaSafety Acquires Vigillo

Steve Bryan, Vigillo CEO Photo: Evan Lockridge

SambaSafety has acquired Vigillo, enhancing the company’s driver risk management platform for U.S. Department of Transportation regulated fleets.

Tags: MVR, CSA, Mergers & Acquisitions, Vigillo, SambaSafety

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Named Finalist for Two Journalism Awards

Heavy Duty Trucking has been named a finalist in two categories for the 63rd Jesse H. Neal Awards, which honors excellence in business journalism.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Tests Drone Launched From Atop Truck

Photo: UPS

UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from atop one of its package cars, the company announced. The system is designed to autonomously deliver a package while the truck is driven on a route.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Level Off Following Gains, Declines

Spot truckload freight rates appear to have stabilized after flatbeds trended slightly higher the past few weeks while vans and reefers moved downward, according to new figures from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

International Truck Receives NJPA Contract

Photo: International Truck

International Truck has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance that will offer new International Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: NJPA, International Trucks, Purchasing Contract

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, Air Bags, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Safety

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