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Season 7 Episode 5: The Secret Life of Truckstops

Trucking and truckstops are strange bedfellows. There are plenty of parallels between the two industries, yet the relationship isn’t always mutually beneficial. Truckstop business consultant Don Baglien, aka That Truckstop Guy, shares what it’s like on his side of the doors that never close. We discuss menus, hospitality, paid parking, rest area commercialization and alternate fuels.

September 6, 2021

Season 7 Episode 4: Electric Trucks Are Producing Some Interesting Partnerships

With medium- and heavy-duty truck electrification, we’re seeing a unique alignment of traditional truck manufacturers, tier-1 suppliers and start-up companies. As a group, they are simultaneously competing and collaborating on the advancement of truck electrification. Can all these diverse interests play together in the same sandbox?

July 28, 2021

Season 7 Episode 3: Getting Back to the Basics on Electrical Maintenance

Are fleets doing enough to keep their technicians ahead of the rapidly steepening technology learning curve? Larry Rambeaux of Purkeys Fleet Electric in Rogers, Arkansas worries truck fleets could soon face a skills deficit as truck electrical systems grow ever more complex.

July 28, 2021

Season 7 Episode 2: Learn to Master the Downsped Driveline

Engine downspeeding is an elegant way of reducing fuel consumption, and thus CO2 emissions. But if drivers don’t embrace it or won’t use the technology properly, nobody sees its full benefit. Jamie Hagen of Hell Bent Xpress in Aberdeen, South Dakota is an expert on the gear-fast, run-slow concept. He shares his experience learning to love trucking at 900 rpm.

July 28, 2021

Season 7 Episode 1: GHG Phase 2 Will Change How We Build Diesel Engines

Phase 2 of the EPA and NHTSA Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations will change the way fleets spec heavy trucks. The rule calls for a reduction in carbon emissions, or a boost to fuel economy, of 25% by 2027. Dr. Mihai Dorobantu, the Eaton Vehicle Group’s director of Technology Planning and Government Affairs, joins us to explain some of the advanced technologies we’ll need to meet the requirements, and how they work.

July 27, 2021

Season 6 Episode 6 Volvo Trucks Sees Hydrogen Driving Fossil-free Trucking

While battery-electric trucks seem to be the darlings of the green movement here in North America, hydrogen fuel cells struggle for acceptance. A recently formed joint venture between Daimler Truck and Volvo Group Company aims to change that. Volvo Group's chief technology officer, Lars Stenqvist, explains the company's strategy to increase hydrogen's market penetration by 2050.

May 13, 2021

Season 6 Episode 5 Electric Trucks: The Road to Cost Parity with Diesel

The trucking industry is still in the early stages of electrification. A significant portion of the fleet population will be electric by 2030 or 2035, but much needs to happen before then from electrical grid upgrades to improvements in battery technology. Two senior engineers at Dana outline the challenges that lay ahead on the road to electrification.

April 30, 2021

Season 6 Episode 4 Has FMCSA Finally Got Hours-of-Service Right?

Most drivers and carriers seem supportive of the recent updates FMCSA made to its hours-of-service rules. To some, if the trucking industry is happy with a rule change, it must be bad for safety. Are the changes generally good for drivers and carriers? We'll find out on this episode.

April 29, 2021

Season 6 Episode 3 Carriers Need to Get Better at Self Defense

The trucking industry is facing tectonic change to risk mitigation and its relationships with the insurance industry. Several factors are pushing up the cost of managing risk and defending accident claims. How the industry solves this problem isn't completely clear yet, but Brendan Dawson of the Trucking Defense Network has a few thoughts on the first steps we need to take.

April 29, 2021

Season 6 Episode 2 Are Two AI Trucks Twice as Good as One?

While most autonomous truck developers are teaching and testing their AI in single trucks on highways in the southwest, Locomation is taking a different approach. Dr. Çetin Meriçli, CEO and co-founder of autonomous truck developer, Locomation explains why his company is taking a different approach, operating two trucks in a human-controlled partially automated environment.

April 6, 2021

Season 6 Episode 1 Aftertreatment Maintenance from A-Z

After nearly 15 years aftertreatment systems continue to cause heartburn among maintenance technicians and fleet managers. Steve Hoke and Steve "Junior" Stratton of Diesel Emissions Service in Redding, California help make sense of the systems, explain what can go wrong with them, and reveal how to look after them.

April 6, 2021

HDT Talks Trucking Season 6 Trailer

Season 6 of HDT Talks Trucking digs into bunch of hot-button issues, from aftertreatment system maintenance to managing litigation costs resulting from accidents. We also dig into the new Hours of Service rules, automated trucks, electric trucks, and we add a dose of politics for a little spice.

April 5, 2021

Special Report: Will Self-driving Trucks Put Truck Drivers Out of Business?

As the name implies, self-driving trucks will not require drivers. Does that mean anyone contemplating a career as a driver is heading down a dead-end road? According to Finch Fulton, vice president of policy and strategy for human-guided autonomous truck company, Locomation, anyone driving a truck today is unlikely to lose their job to a robotic truck.

March 17, 2021

Leadership Insights: Efficiency, Productivity and Smaller Fleets Too

Data is the key to profitability. Omnitracs' chief data and AI officer, Dr. Ashim Bose, focuses on how operational data can improve efficiency and productivity. He also explains how smaller fleets can use data and advanced analytics to improve their efficiency and productivity, too.

February 23, 2021

Leadership Insights: Taking Safety to the Edge

Data flows by the gigabyte from trucks today. Much of that data can help make your drivers safer and keep your drivers safe. From fatigue warnings and traffic alerts to weather and even Covid-19 hot-spot alerts, Omnitracs' chief data and AI officer, Ashim Bose, discusses how fleets can benefit from this treasure trove of data.

February 23, 2021

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