‘Bespoke’ trucks? Shell and AirFlow Truck Co. have designed and built one

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The body of the Starship Project tractor is a bespoke aerodynamic design made of carbon fiber, including the side skirts, hood, and front end. (SHELL LUBRICANTS) Wednesday, March 7, 2018 HOUSTON – Shell and AirFlow Truck Co. have designed and built a hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 truck capable of reducing the energy usage associated with the transportation of goods. This next-generation concept truck, called the Starship Project, uses technologies that are currently available today to minimize the amount of energy it takes to transport a load of cargo from one point to another. “We seek projects such as the Starship initiative to keep...

Peterson’s new smart trailer controls, relays tire, brake, cargo temperature status

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By signaling trailer issues as they happen, PULSE enhances the safety of driver and cargo, and helps avoid road incidents, CSA violations, and costly fines, a Peterson official said. (Courtesy: PETERSON) GRANDVIEW, Mo.  — Back in 2007, GE Global Research Center engineers told members of the trucking media that the next wave of technology would build on people communicating with their devices to devices talking to one-another, and to “smart” roads and bridges. Truck technology has borne that out, and Peterson thinks it’s time that fleet trailers got as smart as today’s high-tech trucks, and has introduced its patented PetersonPULSE intelligent...

Volvo debuts ‘rugged yet refined’ new VNX series for heavy-haul applications

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The new Volvo VNX series is available in three cab sizes — daycab, 42inch sleeper and 70-inch sleeper. The VNX 740 (above) features a 70-inch sleeper with all of Volvo’s latest interior enhancements, providing premium accommodations when heavy hauls stretch over long distances, company spokesmen said. (Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA) GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks has debuted what it calls a “rugged, yet refined” new VNX series built specifically for the needs of heavy-haul trucking operations. Available with up to 605 horsepower and 2,050 lb.-ft. of torque, the VNX provides the power and performance demanded for heavy-haul applications such as...

Kenworth T680 now available with Paccar MX-11 engine and automated transmission

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Designed from the ground up, the Paccar transmission is up to 105 pounds lighter than comparable transmissions, allowing for greater payloads, spokesmen said. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.) KIRKLAND, Wash. — The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship is now available for order for the first time with the combination of the Paccar MX-11 engine and the new Paccar Automated Transmission, which is designed for linehaul and regional haul applications up to 110,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. The Paccar MX-11 engine offers up to 430 hp and 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque, and is 400 pounds lighter than 13-liter engines. Designed from the ground up, the...

New drivers need to stop leaning on GPS, develop navigational skills, trainer says

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Eddy Mullins has been training drivers for JB Hunt for 18 years, and he says new drivers are coming to him today with less and less in the way of navigational skills due to their over-reliance on GPS technology. (Courtesy: EDDY MULLINS) Doesn’t it sometimes seem like people in trucking are constantly asking, “What direction is this industry headed?” That’s a complicated question that encompasses a lot of long-range topics. Who can see that far ahead? For now, Eddy Mullins is more concerned about drivers who can’t tell what direction their own trucks are headed. Mullins has been training truck drivers for JB...

Other shoe has dropped regarding ELDs and CSA violations

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Logged-in carriers and enforcement users with crashes determined to be “not preventable” as part of the program can view measures and percentiles calculated with and without those crashes. (Courtesy: COMDATA) The other shoe has dropped, so to speak, regarding ELDs and CSA violations. As of April 1, new violations associated with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD mandate are now associated with the Hours of Service Compliance BASIC category in the CSA program’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), the agency says. “These violations are not being applied retroactively; violations recorded prior to April 1, 2018, will not be counted in SMS,” the...

Looks as though there’s a lot of trucks without ELDs

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Hours of Service issues continued to rank high on the list of out-of-service violations. There were 6,565 drivers put OOS for no driver record-of-duty status. (Courtesy: OMNITRACS) WASHINGTON — If the latest data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is any indication, there were a good number of trucks without a proper electronic logging device operating on the nation’s highways the first three months of calendar-year 2018. The agency’s analysis and information online division said that between January 1 and March 31, there were 32,621 violations for violation code 395.22A, which reads “operating with a (ELD) device that is not...

Used truck, trailer numbers rise

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  COLUMBUS, Ind. — Rise. That’s the appropriate word when it comes to Class 8 used truck volumes and trailer orders. ACT Research reports that used Class 8 truck same dealer sales volumes improved for the third consecutive month and on a year-over-year basis sales volumes were up 1 percent. Meanwhile, ACT said trailer orders show a strong month with 30,000 net orders. ACT said its monthly data indicated that the average price of total used Class 8 trucks rose 3 percent year-over-year, while average mileage was up 1 percent year-over-year and the average age of used Class 8 trucks dropped 4 percent...

PeopleNet continues evolution of video intelligence with debut of next-generation side cameras

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MINNEAPOLIS — PeopleNet, a Trimble company and provider of fleet mobility technology, has released its latest enhancement to its video intelligence solution — the next generation MirrorCam, a hood-mounted, OEM-style spot mirror with built-in camera that provides both drivers and back-office fleet personnel with additional perspective of a truck’s blind spots. “The debut of the second generation MirrorCam represents the continued evolution of our vision to improve fleet safety with the video intelligence platform,” said Jim Angel, vice president, video intelligence solutions for PeopleNet. “We are continually looking for ways to improve and enhance our technology to give customers the...

Schneider teams with SkyBitz to Implement third generation trailer, container tracking system

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GREEN BAY, Wis. and HERNDON, Va. — Schneider, a provider of transportation and logistics services, has teamed up with SkyBitz to implement Schneider’s third generation trailer and container tracking system. SkyBitz is a provider of best-fit vehicle and asset tracking solutions that give companies total visibility into their fleets and cargo, without increasing overhead. “Schneider is committed to providing a differentiated driver experience and eliminating job irritants,” said Shaleen Devgun, executive vice president and CIO at Schneider. “This technology enables drivers to efficiently locate an available empty trailer or container with pinpoint accuracy using their mobile devices which saves a significant...

Carrier Transicold’s Solara heating unit now features APX control system

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ATHENS, Ga. — Engineered to protect temperature-sensitive products transported by trailer or rail through sub-freezing ambient conditions, Carrier Transicold’s Solara heating unit now features the APX control system, providing improved functionality, the company said in a news release. Using a Z482 2-cylinder diesel engine, compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 standard, the Solara unit can generate 50,000 BTU/hour of heating at 0 degrees Fahrenheit ambient to protect against the freezing of sensitive commodities such as produce, beverages, flowers, plants, paints and chemicals, pharmaceuticals and more. “The addition of the APX controller means Solara unit users now enjoy the same...

Anheuser-Busch places order for 800 Nikola hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks 

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ST LOUIS and SALT LAKE CITY — Anheuser-Busch and Nikola Motor Co. Thursday said the American brewery has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks from the pioneer in hydrogen-electric renewable technology. The zero-emission trucks — which will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes, reducing idle time — are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020. Through this agreement Anheuser-Busch aims to convert its entire long-haul dedicated fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025. Nikola’s cutting-edge technology will enable the brewer to achieve this milestone...

Volvo Group North America ahead of schedule for energy efficiency goal

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Group North America, manufacturers of Mack and Volvo trucks, is well on the way toward achieving its goal of reduced energy consumption in the Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge. The company met its first Better Plants goal — a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption at U.S. facilities — five years ahead of schedule and set a new goal of 25 percent more in savings by 2024. In the first three years of the new challenge, the Volvo Group is more than halfway to its target, reducing energy consumption by 14.4 percent...

Peterbilt showcases all-electric Model 579 at expo

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LONG BEACH, Calif.— Peterbilt’s commitment to alternative energy solutions was showcased at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo where an all-electric Model 579 day cab tractor was on display. The drayage application tractor that will go into service at the Port of Long Beach after the show is one of 12 tractors built by Peterbilt in collaboration with Transpower, the California Air Resources Board, and the Port of Long Beach. The all electric Model 579 produces up to 490 horsepower, has up to a 200 mile range, recharges in less than five hours and has a battery storage capacity of 350-440 Kwh. “These...

Navistar to offer Eaton Cummins Endurant transmission for International LT Series and LoneStar

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GALESBURG, Mich. — Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies said the new Endurant 12-speed automated transmission — what Eaton says is the lightest, most efficient 1,850 lb.-ft. capable heavy-duty transmission — is now available on International LT Series and LoneStar trucks. Endurant is designed for long haul and regional haul applications where weight savings and efficiency can add to a fleet’s bottom line, according to Scott Davis, general manager, Eaton Cummins automated transmission technologies. Featured as a part of the Cummins Integrated Power portfolio, Endurant is paired with the Cummins X15 engine for International LT Series and LoneStar trucks, he said.. “Endurant delivers...

Meritor MTIS now standard/preferred option on some vans, reefers

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TROY, Mich. — Meritor said Tuesday that the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) with ThermALERT is a standard/preferred option on Vanguard dry van and CIMC reefer trailers. “MTIS uses proven technology to minimize total cost of ownership and help keep drivers safe on our highways,” said Dave Pritchard, general manager, trailer for Meritor. “It’s also quick to service and easy to retrofit.” More than 8 million fleet tires are protected by MTIS, Pritchard said, adding that almost one in every three trailers built today is specified with the tire inflation system. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and U.S. Environmental...

 Volvo rolls out online configurator virtually design, spec new trucks

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks is bringing the thousands of configurations of the new Volvo VNR and VNL series to your fingertips of fleets and independent contractors with a new online configurator tool for building and customizing the innovative new models. Once built, the custom-spec’d design can easily be shared through social media or sent directly to a local Volvo Trucks dealer for additional information. “The Volvo Trucks online configurator gives customers and enthusiasts the opportunity to build their dream Volvo while learning more about the truck and its intended application,” said Magnus Koeck, Volvo Trucks North America vice president of...

TMW begins Integration with Decisiv to provide a complete solution for fleet maintenance

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CLEVELAND — TMW Systems, a Trimble brand and provider of software, business intelligence and related solutions to the North American transportation industry, has integrated its TMT Fleet Maintenance Software with Decisiv’s Service Relationship Management (SRM) platform. The integration of Decisiv and TMT Fleet Maintenance will help fleet managers to extend their data accuracy, reduce administrative load and manage warranty recovery when working with external service providers, according to Scott Vanselous, executive vice president, TMW’s fleet maintenance solutions. In addition, the integration will enable more seamless communication and collaboration for the entire service supply chain at the point of service, he...

AP FACT CHECK: Tesla safety claims aren’t quite right

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By TOM KRISHER ,  AP Auto Writer DETROIT — For years, Tesla has boasted that its cars and SUVs are safer than other vehicles on the roads, and CEO Elon Musk doubled down on the claims in a series of tweets this week. The electric vehicles are under intense scrutiny from federal investigators, who have been looking into post-crash battery fires and the performance of Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. On Wednesday, they traveled to Utah to open another inquiry into a Tesla crash — its fourth this year — in which a Model S slammed into a firetruck that was...

Bendix CVSA Roadcheck reminders: foundation care matters

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ELYRIA, Ohio — No matter how advanced the vehicle, or how complex its safety system is, you’ve got to take care of the basics. With this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck coming up June 5-7, a look back at some key numbers from last year’s check emphasizes the importance of foundational maintenance in keeping vehicles on the road and operating safely. “Almost 9,400 vehicles received out-of-service (OOS) violations during Roadcheck 2017, and more than half of those – 56.5 percent – were related to tires or wheels and brakes: the two categories at the base of what we call...