How fast are autonomous and electric trucks coming? That may be up for debate. But Jack Roberts says in his Truck Tech blog, it's the fleets that are already tracking new technology and considering its potential that will be the ones riding trucking's coming technology wave.
January 19, 2018
As TMC's annual meeting kicks off this week, news on new products, maintenance procedures and emerging technology in the trucking industry will flow out of Atlanta, including sessions on hot topics such as last-mile delivery and autonomous trucks.
March 4, 2018
Mack’s LR model features high-powered, smart hydraulics and finely-tuned details to help refuse fleets move trash fast. Jack Roberts takes it for a test drive.
February 21, 2018
Another Tesla Autopilot crash this week is a reminder that autonomous vehicle technology still has a ways to go before it's ready for widespread use on public roads. But that doesn't mean the technology isn't viable.
January 25, 2018
A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.
April 25, 2017
Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.
July 13, 2017
After World War II, the maritime shipping industry was dealing with pressure for larger loads, faster deliveries, new technology and rising equipment costs. How fleets responded to those challenges is instructive.
April 11, 2017
Bill Gates just jumped into trucking in a big way. That's not good news if you're hoping all this new tech stuff will just go away. Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor
July 28, 2017
Tesla filed for a patent on a high-speed battery replacement system for electric vehicles that would quickly swap out a spent battery with fully charged one. Could this be the key to solving charging time and EV range issues?
September 18, 2017
Looking at technology as a problem-solver first can go a long way toward its successful deployment in real-world fleet operations. A panel discussion at TMC's Fall Meeting offered real-world advice.
September 20, 2017
Diagnostic devices on the shop floor are powerful maintenance tools. But as with any new technology, fleets are still learning how to uses them in a cost-effective manner.
November 17, 2017
Telematics will be the next big game-changer in trucking - one of those advances where, in 5 to 10 years, you'll wonder how you ever managed to keep a truck fleet rolling without it.
December 13, 2016
Very soon, integrated and automated vehicle systems will work together to keep drivers alert and healthy. But that technology will come at a cost.
February 16, 2017
The question of how downspeeding is helping fleets save on fuel – and what's in store for the future – was the topic at a recent session at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.
April 24, 2017
Volvo blends real-world work demands and cutting edge technology together seamlessly in its new VNR vocational daycab tractors. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts files this report from North Carolina with his first driving impressions of the new regional truck.
June 1, 2017