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What to Consider When Choosing Lift Axles

What to Consider When Choosing Lift Axles

There is no single lift-axle configuration that works everywhere, because of the wide variety of state and local regulations applicable to axle weights and spreads.There are many things to consider when adding liftable or steerable axles to a truck to increase payload capacity.

July 19, 2019

Test Drive: Peterbilt’s Fuel-Saving Model 579
Truck Drivers Play a Crucial Role on Indy Car Teams
HDT Goes Indy Car in Toronto [Photos]

HDT Goes Indy Car in Toronto [Photos]

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park donned a nomex fire suit to take a ride in a two-seat Indy Car at the Honda Toronto Indy race weekend.

July 15, 2019

Can We Trust Autonomous Vehicles?

Can We Trust Autonomous Vehicles?

The NTSB has determined that the actions of a human truck driver was a probable cause in a collision with an autonomous shuttle bus. The driver behaved as drivers have always done under the circumstance; but the computer-controlled shuttle did not.

July 15, 2019

What American Carriers Need to Know About Canada's ELD Rule

What American Carriers Need to Know About Canada's ELD Rule

Canada is bringing its own ELD regulations into force in June 2021. American carriers operating there will need to use ELDs that comply with the Canadian rules. There are only a few differences, but some are substantial.

July 8, 2019

The Art & Science of Mountain Driving

The Art & Science of Mountain Driving

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

On the Spot: ZF’s GPS-Based Autonomous Control [Video]

On the Spot: ZF’s GPS-Based Autonomous Control [Video]

Autonomous trucks aren’t as far off as you might think, or hope. Equipment Editor Jim Park got a chance to see how one such system works in a test scenario at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio.

July 2, 2019

Antique and Classic Truck Show, Clifford, Ontario [Photos]

Antique and Classic Truck Show, Clifford, Ontario [Photos]

Clifford, Ontario, is barely a dot on the map, but it's antique and classic truck central on the first weekend in July. This year was the show's 10th anniversary, and it keeps growing in popularity. Equipment Editor Jim Park captured the event in photos.

July 2, 2019

App Helps Prevent Rollovers, Brake Fade on Grades

App Helps Prevent Rollovers, Brake Fade on Grades

How do we keep drivers from driving too fast through curves or descending mountain slopes? By showing them precisely how fast they should be driving. A new app called Road-Aware can do just that.

June 27, 2019

Do Your Brain a Favor, Ditch the GPS

Do Your Brain a Favor, Ditch the GPS

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

ZF Shows New 8-Speed Transmission, ADAS Steering Tech

ZF Shows New 8-Speed Transmission, ADAS Steering Tech

Medium-duty truck builders will soon have a groundbreaking transmission to add to their data books, and heavy-truck makers will have more steering assist options thanks to recently demonstrated technologies from German supplier ZF.

June 20, 2019

Test Drive: Peterbilt 579 Epiq with 80-inch UltraLoft Sleeper [Photos]
ZF Develops Dual Lens Camera for ADAS, Autonomous Systems

ZF Develops Dual Lens Camera for ADAS, Autonomous Systems

Beginning next year, ZF will use a two-lens camera system to improve the performance and functionality of various advanced driver safety features. A second lens enables redundancy for Level2+ autonomous functions and offers wide-angle field of view for pedestrian detection.

June 13, 2019

Test Drive: With Early Autonomous Tech, Drivers Are Still Required

Test Drive: With Early Autonomous Tech, Drivers Are Still Required

Daimler’s optional Level 2 technologies, Lane Keep Assist and ACC to Zero, will make drivers’ jobs easier and likely a little safer — if they don’t abuse them. Jim Park reports on his experience with the latest Detroit technology on a Freightliner Cascadia.

June 12, 2019