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Gliders, E-Axles: E&MU Looks at 'Old' and 'New'

The January/February edition of Equipment & Maintenance Update examines electric axles, one of the industry’s latest technology advancements, and glider kits, which some truck operators view as a more reliable, cost-effective option compared with trucks with new engines.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

Industry Eyes E-Axles

Hyliion says its e-axle will produce up to 15% fuel savings as it captures regenerative energy that will be stored in the battery pack. (Photo by Hyliion)

Tesla’s announcement in November that it will produce an all-electric Class 8 tractor by 2019 helped highlight the potential for electric power in commercial trucking. But while Tesla and others are electrifying the entire truck, some companies are focusing on the axles.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Efficient Alternators Help Reduce Fleets’ Fuel Costs, Experts Say

Technician Monitors Alternator Output Aim NationaLease

Engineering advancements are producing more efficient alternators for heavy trucks that are helping to reduce fleets’ fuel bills, industry experts said.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

San Francisco Self-Driving Car Startup Pony.ai Raises $112 Million

Pony.ai

It’s a measure of the current frenzy surrounding self-driving cars that a year-old startup can haul in more than $100 million in its first fundraising round.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
January 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

The First True Autonomous Cars Won’t Be for Sale

A fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle on streets of Dearborn, Mich. (Ford)

Auto companies at the CES tech convention in Las Vegas affirmed plans to have their first true self-driving cars in production by 2021 — or in some cases earlier. But don’t expect to see these vehicles on any dealership lots.

JC Reindl | Detroit Free Press
January 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Paint Designed for Self-Driving Vehicles to Be Tested at Autonomous Proving Ground

Getty Images

PPG announced Jan. 16 it is partnering with the University of Michigan’s Mcity to test paint and other vehicle coatings specially designed for autonomous vehicles.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Massachusetts Town Could Become Testing Site for Self-Driving Cars

Optimus Ride

Self-driving cars could be coming to Arlington, Mass., soon, as the Board of Selectmen have agreed to allow Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine to take the first steps in bringing autonomous vehicle tests to town.

Rob Carter | Wicked Local Metro (Needham, Mass.)
January 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Safety Advocates Say Not So Fast on Driverless Cars

A self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas was involved in a minor wreck Nov. 8, 2017, the first day of a yearlong trial period. (AP)

Highway safety advocates are urging lawmakers to pump the brakes on the development of driverless cars.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Aptiv, Lyft to Continue Vegas Self-Driving Car Tests, Expand to Second City

Aptiv

Aptiv left a piece of Pittsburgh in Las Vegas when it tore down its booth last week at the largest electronics show in Las Vegas.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 17, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Two Canadian Deals Highlight Continued Consolidation in Trucking

Direct Right Cartage Direct Right Cartage marks Manitoulin Transport's first purchase in the intermodal shipping segment. (Manitoulin Transport)

A consolidation trend among Canadian trucking companies continues, with Manitoulin Transport completing its purchase of intermodal carrier Direct Right Cartage, and Groupe Robert announcing plans to combine its heavy-haul business with QSL Group and Express Mondor.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
January 17, 2018

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