Testing autonomous trucks is more complex than it seems. The men and women sitting in the left seat of the nation's burgeoning fleet of robotic trucks are often called safety drivers. Their responsibilities are far more comprehensive than just keeping the truck out of trouble.
September 3, 2020
A one-year suspension of the HVUT would be the best way to provide economic relief to all motor carriers, according to OOIDA
August 3, 2020
Advanced driver assistance systems have come a long way in the past few years. These fleets say they are very happy with the results so far, but driver training and coaching are key.
July 21, 2020
Lease-operator couple Chanté and Chris Drew came down with COVID-19 in March, nine days and more than 1,000 miles from home. Getting back home was just half the battle.
June 11, 2020
Predictive Collision Alerts fuse driver behavior, vehicle movement, traffic elements, and contextual data to help predict and prevent collisions
May 20, 2020
Richard Bishop, AI industry analyst and intelligent vehicle applications specialist, spoke with Jim Park about autonomous trucks for an episode of the HDT Talks Trucking podcast.
April 6, 2020
The best protection against COVID-19 is to assume it's everywhere and to take proper precautions, like washing your hands and cleaning surfaces – including in a truck cab.
March 31, 2020
Volvo's Dynamic Steering adds a lot of flexibility to a truck and the ability to control steering inputs more precisely, taking a lot of the load off of the driver.
September 13, 2019
Equipment Editor Jim Park, himself a driver and owner-operator for 20 years, disagrees with the notion of a driver shortage. There are 10 million CDL holders in the U.S. and only 3.7 million trucks requiring CDL drivers. How is that a shortage?
August 5, 2019
While the Indy race car drivers get the glory, they'd be high and dry without the team of drivers that get the race cars to the event.
July 16, 2019
A truck driver can drive down a mountain 100 times too slowly, but only once too fast. An inexperienced driver on a steep grade could spell disaster unless properly trained.
July 3, 2019
GPS is clearly the navigation method of choice in trucking, and amongst the general population, but chronic GPS users might be doing their brains a disservice, and missing out on a lot of excitement by getting lost once in a while, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his latest blog.
June 23, 2019
It's easy to get excited and stay excited about fuel economy when you can see positive change coming from your efforts. When I saw the numbers creeping up into the 10s on a recent test drive in a Peterbilt 579 EPIQ, I started pushing for 11. And it worked.
May 23, 2019
This is National Tire Safety Week here in the U.S., and while the time is set aside to remind four-wheelers of the importance of tire maintenance and periodic inspections, it shouldn't hurt to remind commercial vehicle operators that truck tires don't run on wishes and prayers either.
May 23, 2019
Encouraging drivers to drive more efficiently through coaching tools and reviews will get fleets further than limiting or taking away performance features.
May 20, 2019