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Daimler Trucks North America Targets Ambitious Uptime, Truck Parts Goals

Daimler Trucks North America Targets Ambitious Uptime, Truck Parts Goals

“Tell me more, tell me sooner, and fix my truck faster.” That’s what customers want, according to Stefan Kurschner, Daimler Trucks North America's senior vice president, aftermarket, talking to reporters at a DTNA press event in Yountville, California. DTNA announced that it’s working toward a goal of 24-hour turnaround service times at its dealers, as well as a significant expansion of its Alliance Truck Parts business.

July 17, 2018

On Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Unintended Consequences

On Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Unintended Consequences

Trucking largely supported Donald Trump for president because of his promises to reduce regulation (which he’s been working on) and put in place pro-business policies (such as the tax cut.) But his trade war has a great many businesses concerned, if not up in arms – and it could even affect the economy.

July 6, 2018

More Allegations Made in Repeal of Proposed Glider Kit Restrictions Under GHG Phase 2

More Allegations Made in Repeal of Proposed Glider Kit Restrictions Under GHG Phase 2

Several members of Congress have asked the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency to look into allegations that there was improper contact between Volvo Group, the Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association, and the EPA regarding the agency’s regulation of glider kits under its Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules.

July 5, 2018

OOIDA ELD Exemption Denied

OOIDA ELD Exemption Denied

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s request for a broad exemption to the ELD mandate for small-business truckers has been denied.

July 5, 2018

Commentary: California’s new ‘ABCs’ Spell Bad News  for Owner-Operator Fleets
How Truck Platooning Could Help Reduce Crashes

How Truck Platooning Could Help Reduce Crashes

Following too closely is a factor in 5% of truck crashes. Deborah Lockridge says reaction to her coverage of Volvo's platooning test illustrates why this is a problem. Can platooning technology help? More in the All That's Trucking blog.

June 29, 2018

Volvo/FedEx Truck Platooning Demo in Photos

Volvo/FedEx Truck Platooning Demo in Photos

Three Volvo tractors pulling twin trailers using FedEx Specs demonstrated truck platooning in North Carolina on June 27, automatically maintaining 1.5-second following distance. Deborah Lockridge was there and has these photos.

June 27, 2018

Volvo Trucks, FedEx Demonstrate Truck Platooning in North Carolina
Inside Daimler Trucks North America HQ [Photos]

Inside Daimler Trucks North America HQ [Photos]

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled a new, environmentally friendly, nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in north Portland, Oregon, in 2016. We got a tour during Daimler's 2018 Capital Markets & Technology Day.

June 25, 2018

Do Backup Drivers for Autonomous Vehicles Really Work?

Do Backup Drivers for Autonomous Vehicles Really Work?

Uber's self-driving vehicle killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, in March. The latest news on the investigation indicates the safety driver was probably watching TV in her phone. What does that mean for autonomous vehicle development? (Blog)

June 25, 2018

Daimler Demonstrates Platooning Technology [Video]

Daimler Demonstrates Platooning Technology [Video]

Is truck platooning only technically feasible or is it also commercially viable? In this video, we look at Daimler Trucks' recent demonstration of its platooning technology with a pair of loaded big rigs.

June 18, 2018

Bulk Intermodal a Hit for Schneider

Bulk Intermodal a Hit for Schneider

The intermodal container business has allowed many companies to shift longer-haul freight to rails in the face of tight capacity and a driver shortage. But in recent years, Schneider and a handful of other companies have turned that same concept to the liquid bulk business.

June 15, 2018

How One Alabama Fleet is Finding Quality Truck Drivers
Daimler Trucks Demonstrates Truck Platooning

Daimler Trucks Demonstrates Truck Platooning

Daimler Trucks North America demonstrated “pairing” of two trucks, what is commonly known as two-truck platooning, at the Capital Market and Technology Day June 6. This fuel-saving technology is also a step on the path to more highly automated vehicles.

June 10, 2018

Daimler Talks Truck Sales, Tariffs, and Globalism

Daimler Talks Truck Sales, Tariffs, and Globalism

Daimler Trucks execs emphasized the benefits of global collaboration as the OEM develops new electric and automated truck technology, at the same time warning of the potential negative effects of tariffs and trade wars.

June 7, 2018