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Diesel Laptops launches virtual diesel technician program

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GILBERT, S.C. — Diesel Laptops, a distributor of commercial truck diesel diagnostic software, hardware and services, has launched a Virtual Diesel Technician Program. This program is a first in the commercial truck and off highway industry and is a real solution to the current diesel technician shortage that exists, according to according to Tyler Robertson, CEO of Diesel Laptops. Clients that utilize this program have full, unlimited access to Diesel Laptops’ certified, in-house diesel technicians who are available via phone and live chat and can both remote access the client’s diagnostic tools, and video stream through the end user’s mobile device. The...

Blue Ink Technology releases BIT Air Scale for gross and axle weights

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Blue Ink Tech, maker of the BIT ELD, has released the most recent addition to its BIT Full Service Platform. BIT Air Scale gives drivers access to real-time weight information on their phone or tablet using the BIT app. Utilizing two small, wireless sensors, BIT Air Scale self-installs in less than 15 minutes. “With time tighter than ever, BIT Air Scale frees drivers from the necessity of visiting an off-site scale to find out their weight,” said Mike Riegel, head of product development. “Anyone who hauls bulk, is paid by weight, or loads in locations without easy access...

Detroit Connect Analytics extended to additional truck models

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks North America said Thursday that Detroit Connect Analytics has extended its services to additional truck models and can also be added to vehicles in the aftermarket. Analytics is now available to order as a new truck option or in the aftermarket on the new Freightliner Cascadia, original Cascadia and Western Star 5700 truck models spec’d with Detroit engines. Detroit Connect Analytics automatically translates critical fuel consumption and safety data into interactive and easy-to-understand reports that provide actionable insights for increased vehicle and fleet performance. “We understand data is essential to making smart business decisions in todays connected...

Volvo Trucks’ collaboration with SAS enhances remote diagnostics

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America says it is further strengthening its portfolio of uptime-boosting services by enhancing Remote Diagnostics with an advanced analytics platform from global analytics leader SAS. SAS’ best-in-class analytics support Volvo’s artificial intelligence efforts and provide even greater capabilities for Remote Diagnostics users, allowing for more precise analysis and decision-making, according to Ash Makki, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager. "Working with SAS has helped us further refine our uptime-enhancing Remote Diagnostics through greater processing power to the data behind diagnostic codes,” Makki said. “We’ve been able to expand the parts and trouble codes we...
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Bridgestone unveils air-free, commercial-truck tire concept at TMC annual meeting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Bridgestone is showcasing its advanced air-free commercial truck tire concept for the heavy-duty trucking market at the 2020 Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta this week. This is the first public showcase of the concept to commercial fleet customers. The Bridgestone air-free, commercial-truck tire concept, designed to be used in high-speed, long-haul applications, leverages a proprietary design where tire tread is placed on a unique structure of high-strength, flexible spokes. This eliminates the need for a tire to be filled and maintained with air. “Commercial fleets are increasingly looking for ways to maximize...

J.J. Keller offering new video monitoring platform

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NEENAH, Wis. — The new J.J. Keller Encompass Video Event Management and Dash Cam Pro are now available. Using artificial intelligence to detect and record dangerous driving behavior in combination with the advanced reporting and diagnostic capabilities of J.J. Keller’s compliance dashboard, the platform offers an end-to-end solution for fleets interested in improving driver behaviors that will result in better CSA scores and safer highways, according to Tom Reader, senior director of marketing. “This is one of many substantial new product and service releases for the Encompass® Fleet Management System in 2019,” Reader said. “We’re excited to continue offering technologies and...

GAO: Federal agencies should take additional steps to prepare for potential workforce effects of...

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WASHINGTON — Even though deployment of automated heavy-duty trucks, including self-driving trucks, being developed for long-haul trucking operations is likely years or a decade away, the General Accounting Office Thursday urged federal agencies to take additional steps to prepare for potential workforce effects “Most technology developers said they were developing trucks that can travel without drivers for part of a route, and some stakeholders said such trucks may become available within five to 10 years,” the GAO said in a report on a study it had conducted. “Various technologies, including sensors and cameras, could help guide a truck capable of...

Eaton contributing several components for SuperTruckII program

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GALESBURG, Mich.— Power management company Eaton says it is contributing several components to truck manufacturers participating in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck II program. SuperTruck II is a partnership between the DOE, truck manufacturers and equipment suppliers seeking to improve freight efficiency more than 100 percent over an equivalent 2009 model, and improve engine brake thermal efficiency performance by 55 percent. The $100 million program is funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office of the U.S. DOE and industry partners. Eaton is supplying a number of leading-edge technologies that improve fuel economy and reduce emissions to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) teams. These...

Daimler introduces first SAE Level 2 automated truck in North America with the Freightliner...

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LAS VEGAS — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Monday introduced the first SAE Level 2 automated truck in series production in North America with the latest enhancements to the Freightliner new Cascadia. Level 2 automation means the truck is capable of both lateral (steering) and longitudinal (acceleration/deceleration) control. The truck is part of the revolutionary truck technologies featured by DTNA at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 percent of crashes are attributable to human error. Automating acceleration, deceleration and steering reduces the chance for human error, mitigates collisions...

Nebraskan Trey Mytty named ATD Dealer of the Year

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By CHARLES CYRILL ATD/NADA Director of Public Relations SAN FRANCISCO — Trey Mytty, president and CEO of Truck Center Companies in Omaha, Nebraska, has named 2019 Truck Dealer of the Year. He was presented his award during the 2012 American Truck Dealers annual meeting here. “It’s a great honor … congratulations to all of the other nominees,” said Mytty, who recently began a two-year term as dealer council chairman for Freightliner. “This business started for me as a summertime job washing trucks and it has turned into many opportunities and meeting a lot of fantastic people.” Truck Center Companies includes eight dealerships and parts...

Minnesota House backs hands-free cellphone rule for driving

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota motorists would be required to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving under a bill that passed the state House on Monday night, after sponsors said the measure will cut down on distracted driving and save lives. The House approved the bill 106-21 with bipartisan support, though a few critics said it doesn't go far enough because it doesn't include tougher penalties for texting while driving, which is already illegal in Minnesota. "There's clear evidence from other states that these types of laws save lives," Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman said at a...

Uber resumes autonomous car testing following suspension for pedestrian fatality

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PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area.The approval, effective Monday and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber's autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian. Testing was suspended after March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona.Uber can test throughout Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located. Its vehicles must have at least one human backup driver and two if the company plans to go over 25 miles per hour (40 kph), department spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt said. Uber spokeswoman...

Kenworth T680 with Toyota hydrogen fuel cell technology displayed at LA port

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LOS ANGELES — The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship was the featured Class 8 truck at a major, zero emissions trucking event that featured more than 100 participants from government, industry, local community and the media held Monday at the Port of Los Angeles. Kenworth Truck Co. and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emissions Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. The first new, jointly developed Kenworth/Toyota Fuel Cell Electric Truck (FCET) produced from the collaboration debuted at the event. The effort is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF)...

Eaton Cummins adds dual PTO variant to Endurant automated transmission portfolio

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GALESBURG, Mich. — Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies has expanded the Endurant automated transmission portfolio to include a new dual Power Takeoff (PTO) version of the 12-speed model. The new dual PTO option of Endurant provides customers with two PTO mounting locations: an 8-bolt bottom mount and a 4-bolt rear mount with a combined 95 horsepower capability.  A single PTO model with an 8-bolt bottom mount location also is available, giving fleets enhanced flexibility in the secondary market. “We’re very excited to put our award-winning Endurant in the hands of more fleets,” said Charles Masters, general manager, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission...

Mack Trucks seeks entries for 2020 Mack calendar contest

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Owners of Mack trucks have the chance to once again be in the spotlight for a month courtesy of the 2020 Mack Calendar Contest. For the fourth year running, six lucky truck owners will be chosen by Mack Trucks' social media followers to appear in next year's Mack Calendar. The contest runs from April 2 to May 31, 2019. “Mack built its reputation on the hardest-working trucks and owners in the industry, and great-looking Mack trucks are always celebrated by our passionate fans,” said John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice president of marketing. “The calendar contest gives everyone a...

Dana launches total cost of ownership calculator

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MAUMEE, Ohio — Dana Inc. has launched its total cost of ownership calculator for the commercial-vehicle market. Fleets and independent operators can utilize this calculator to make comprehensive cost comparisons between traditional diesel platforms and full-electric powertrain solutions, according to Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. “Fleets are closely evaluating the costs to potentially transition from diesel to electric platforms as they seek to move goods more responsibly,” Wallace said.  “Dana is committed to supporting customers throughout the evolution of mobility, and our new analytics tool provides an extensive review of the total cost of ownership for diesel and...

Bendix opens new Technical Center in Monterrey, Mexico

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MONTERREY, NL, Mexico —  Expanding its global engineering capabilities, Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) Wednesday held a grand opening celebration of its new Technical Center in Monterrey, Mexico. Members of the Bendix Executive Board, key Bendix business and engineering leaders, as well as guests from various Bendix partner universities, business partners, and collaborators of the Technical Center attended the celebration. Located within an existing building at the Research and Technological Innovation Park (PIIT), the 7,800-square-foot center reflects Bendix as an evolving global company and a technology innovator. The site helps further expand its North...

FMCSA approves new camera monitoring system as alternative to conventional rear-vision mirrors

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has approved an exemption application from Stoneridge Inc. that will allow the company’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System (CMS) to be installed as an alternative to conventional rear-vision mirrors currently required on commercial motor vehicles in the United States. The decision will apply solely to Stoneridge's MirrorEye system, making it the only CMS that allows for complete removal of traditional mirrors in the U.S., said a Stoneridge news release. “This decision will help bring an innovative driver vision technology to market that will greatly improve the safety of everyone who shares the road," said...

Bendix says Intellipark earning positive feedback from fleets, drivers

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ELYRIA, Ohio — Currently on the road in intensive pilot programs with three of North America’s 25 largest for-hire carriers, the Bendix Intellipark Electronic Parking Brake continues to earn positive feedback from fleets and drivers alike, and will be available for OE release and retrofit installation in the fourth quarter of this year, according to officials at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. Rebecca Carter, Bendix product manager for specialty valves, said Intellipark offers driver-friendly operational benefits while helping prevent rollaway and runaway crashes by automatically setting the parking brakes if the driver exits the vehicle while it’s unparked. “Fleets have enthusiastically responded...

Great Dane manufacturing facility produces 125,000th trailer

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WAYNE, Neb. — Great Dane’s Wayne, Nebraska, manufacturing facility revealed the production of its 125,000th refrigerated trailer during a commemorative celebration held at the plant. Attendees of the celebration included Wayne’s Mayor Cale Geise, Schuster Company President Steve Schuster and Jim Hawk Truck Trailers President Jim Hawk III. Great Dane’s President Dean Engelage, along with representatives from the Wayne facility and the company’s corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Savannah, Georgia, were also in attendance. The 125,000th trailer to come off the line at the Wayne plant was a new Everest Single-Temp reefer designed exclusively for Schuster Company of Le Mars, Iowa,...