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Seattle Embraces Side Guards for Trucks

Seattle Embraces Side Guards for Trucks

Authorities believe side impact guards can protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists and Seattle's fleet has embraced the device.

February 26, 2018

Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

Securing loads is a matter of safety and good business. If a piece of cargo is damaged because it shifts or falls off a trailer, the carrier and driver won’t be paid because the load didn’t get delivered, and someone could get hurt or killed.

February 21, 2017

Volvo Demos Active Driver Assist, Available on VN Series
Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

October 10, 2016

White Trailer Proved Invisible to Tesla's Autonomous System

White Trailer Proved Invisible to Tesla's Autonomous System

A white semitrailer on a bright day proved invisible to the self-driving system of a Tesla S sedan, which failed to brake and ran under the trailer as it crossed in front of the car, said authorities investigating the first fatal crash of an autonomous car in the United States, which happened in early May.

July 1, 2016

FMCSA Directs Retesting of Certain Tankers

FMCSA Directs Retesting of Certain Tankers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory to owners and operators of certain cargo tanks that were improperly inspected and tested, and warned that the tanks must be re-inspected and retested before being used in hazardous materials hauling.

April 15, 2016

Bergstrom Parksmart HVAC Units in Freightliners Recalled

An electrical defect in a cab/sleeper heater-air conditioner has prompted recalls by the supplier and by the truck manufacturer that installed the units. An electrical defect in the wiring harness can create heat and the potential for fires, the manufacturers' notices say.

April 14, 2016

Wabco-SmartDrive System Uses Video Analytics

Wabco’s next generation OnLane lane departure warning system features a new, high-resolution camera integrated with a SmartDrive video-based driver performance management system to reduce instances of wandering and unsafe maneuvers.

April 5, 2016

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control Looks Ahead to Save Fuel
Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP
Fifth Wheel Model in Fatal Accident Recalled

Fifth Wheel Model in Fatal Accident Recalled

January 2014 incident saw trailer dropping off the tractor's fifth wheel, striking two pickup trucks and killing their drivers. Fontaine says the unit was not defective, but will replace others like it.

September 10, 2015

OnGuard Active to Sense Stationary Objects in Lane Ahead
How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

As the government contemplates making collision avoidance systems mandatory, HDT's Tom Berg takes you behind the wheel of one of the systems currently available for heavy trucks, the Bendix Wingman Fusion.

July 12, 2015

Makers of Collision-Mitigation Systems Say They Pay for Themselves
Safety Board Calls for Action on Collision Avoidance Systems

Safety Board Calls for Action on Collision Avoidance Systems

Collision avoidance systems reduce accidents and save lives and injuries, and should be standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles, says the National Transportation Safety Board in recommendations announced Monday.

June 9, 2015

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