Business, Equipment

Figuring Out Fan Drives

Ryder truck Most of Ryder's trucks have the traditional on-off drive. (Ryder System Inc.)

Many in the industry say variable-speed drives, which run only as fast as necessary, are increasingly popular. Variable drives can save on horsepower and therefore save on fuel. However, the more traditional on-off drive also is a popular choice because it’s simplest and cheapest.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Discs or Drums?

Bendix collision mitigation Bendix offers collision mitigation braking. (Bendix)

Not all fleets are convinced of the benefits of air disc brakes. But suppliers maintain there is a growing acceptance of them for heavy-duty trucks, driven by an increase in the deployment of active safety technology, such as collision mitigation and avoidance systems.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailer Composites in Focus

Stoughton trailers Stoughton Trailers

In the endless quest to make trailers lighter, sturdier and more thermally efficient, some trailer manufacturers are expanding their use of composite materials, which could offer the potential for a higher strength-to-weight ratio.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Equipment

The Lost Art of ‘Gear Jamming’

Trucks on a test track Trucks travel around the test track at the Transportation Research Center proving ground, where Cummins Inc. held its test-drive event. (John Baxter)

When Cummins Inc. invited industry journalists to the introduction of its X15, the new generation of its 15-liter truck engine, the event showcased not only the latest in heavy-duty truck engines, but also the evolution of transmission technology in trucking.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

FedEx, Alphabet, Uber Win Drone Sweepstakes; Amazon Left Out

Mercedes-Benz Vans

At Memphis International Airport, drones may soon be inspecting planes and delivering airplane parts for FedEx Corp. In Reno, Nev., they will test airlifting life-saving defibrillators to patients. And customers in Virginia could be awaiting Alphabet Inc.’s flying devices to get goods they ordered.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA, Top 100

UPS to Use Futuristic-Looking Fleet of Electric Delivery Trucks in London, Paris

UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. plans to deploy a small fleet of futuristic, boxy-looking all-electric delivery trucks as part of a pilot program in London and Paris by the end of this year.

Benjamin Raven |, Walker, Mich.
May 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Self-Driving Software Reportedly Decided Not to React Before Fatal Collision

Getty Images

Uber believes its self-driving software that chooses how to react when it detects objects in the roadway is the cause behind a fatal collision between one of its vehicles and a pedestrian.

Benjamin Raven | (Walker, Mich.)
May 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Roush Gets Electric With Ford F-650

Roush ACT Expo 2018

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Roush CleanTech unveiled its all-electric technology in a Ford F-650, marking an expansion of its alternative-fuel market beyond propane autogas and compressed natural gas.

Transport Topics
May 8, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Logistics

ENow Shows 53-Foot Trailer With Solar-Based Refrigeration

eNow refrigerated trailer eNow

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Solar technology provider eNow unveiled a 53-foot refrigerated trailer with solar panels mounted on its roof, calling it the first such all-electric solar-based refrigeration system to be deployed.

Transport Topics
May 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

April Class 8 Orders Miss Historic Mark

Volvo truck bodies Volvo truck bodies at the company's plant in Virginia. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Class 8 orders in April cleared 34,000, while the swollen backlog from months of strong demand kept them from going even higher, according to ACT Research Co., and others pointed to a parts supply chain under strain.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 8, 2018