Business, Safety

Massachusetts Grand Champion Brian Singelais Wants Another Shot at Overall National Crown

Frito-Lay’s Brian Singelais, Massachusetts’ grand champion, is ecstatic for the success of buddy and fellow New Englander Roland Bolduc, who won nationals last year. But, Singelais emphasized, “I want another shot.”

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford Refuses to Rush Into Robo-Taxis, Even After GM, Waymo Deals


General Motors Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo rocked the auto industry last week with self-driving deals that will have each deploying thousands of robo-taxis onto U.S. roads over the next 18 months. Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, will continue biding its time.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Defining Driver Responsibility When Trucks Begin to Drive Themselves

A driver takes his hands off the wheel as a ZF concept truck drives itself on a test track. Managing handoffs between the driver and system is among the challenges facing developers. (ZF Group)

As truck makers and technology developers work toward introducing vehicles with some level of automated driving features in the years ahead, it will be essential for drivers to have a clear understanding of what those systems can and cannot do and how much they can rely on them.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

Website Not Encrypted? Google Soon Will Add Warnings That Could Turn Visitors Away

Come July, Google Chrome will add stark security warnings that could turn business away from your website if it’s unencrypted. Specifically, Google will brand your site as “not secure” in the address bar of its popular web browser if it senses you’re operating without encryption. “Users presented with this warning will be less likely to interact with these sites or trust their content,” so it’s “imperative” that site operators get their websites encrypted, said Patrick Donahue, security engineering product lead at Cloudflare, a web services provider.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Roadside Repairs by Fleets Rose 21% in 1Q, Study Says

Cummings FleetNet's Cummings speaks at the Benchmark session (Robert Braswell)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Fleets saw their roadside breakdowns increase by 21% in the first quarter this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study from American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018
Business, Safety

Carriers Should Be Involved in Drivers’ Decisions in Bad Weather, Attorneys Say

Snow Oregon DOT/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS — While the truck driver is by regulation the person to decide when to slow down or pull off to the side of the road in bad weather, it still is a good idea for motor carriers to assist drivers in making those decisions.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Roadcheck Focuses on Fatigued Truck Drivers

John Sommers II for TT

BRANDON, Iowa — Officer Chris Wicklund with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Agency peered into the red Kenworth’s engine, slid under the semitrailer on a mechanic’s creeper and checked the driver’s log book.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Safety, Insurance Costs Cited in Study as Reasons to Consider Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous cab (Ohio Department of Transportation)

As autonomous vehicles become more commonplace on our highways and roads, drivers of both trucks and passenger cars are likely to become more accepting of the technology, a survey of U.S. consumers by the market research firm J.D. Power found.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 6, 2018
Government, Safety

INFRA Grants Address Congestion, Corridor Expansion

Fischer Fischer by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg

The most recent spate of Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grants will support some major mobility and capacity projects throughout the country.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

White House Reduces Trucking Rules, but Doesn't Ease Enforcement, Attorneys Say

ELD enforcement Sgt. Steve Vilbert of the Virginia State Police inspects a truck on Interstate 95 for electronic logging device compliance. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS ­­— The deregulatory nature of the Trump administration threatens delay or elimination of several Obama-era trucking-related regulations, but those that remain on the books will continue to be aggressively enforced, panelists said at a law seminar here.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 6, 2018