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Business, Technology, Equipment

Kenworth Assesses Ramifications of ELDs on Business

ELD PeopleNet

Kenworth Truck Co. looks at the potential effect of mandatory electronic logging devices on its business from the perspectives of truck production and valuation and fleet maintenance, company executives said.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 26, 2017
Business, Technology, TCA

Drones, Artificial Intelligence Creep Into Road Construction

A drone inspects a bridge MNDOT

High above the Balfour interchange on State Route 4 in Brentwood, Calif., a drone buzzes, its sensors keeping a close watch on the volumes of earth being moved to make way for a new highway bypass.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
July 26, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Clean Diesel Trucks More Prominent in Nation’s Fleet, Study Shows

Clean Diesel Truck Clean diesel truck at MATS (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

More clean diesel trucks are a part of the nation’s fleet, subsequently yielding lower emissions and greater fuel savings, new research shows.

Marissa Gamache | Special to Transport Topics
July 25, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Bill Gates Backs Uber Freight Rival Convoy

Bill Gates Jean-Philippe Riant/Visual/Zuma Press/TNS

As Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos jockey for the designation of world’s wealthiest man, the Seattle billionaires are united behind at least one local venture. They’re both investors in a Convoy Inc., a trucking logistics startup that competes with Uber Technologies Inc.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
July 25, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

House Panel Approves Self-Driving Measure That Pre-empts State Regulations

Daimler Future Truck Daimler's Future Truck, an autonomous vehicle, or AV. (Daimler AG)

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection unanimously approved a legislative markup July 19 to advance self-driving vehicle technology. Navigating the autonomous vehicle landscape has been difficult because of the traditional boundaries it breaks.

Ryan McCauley | Government Technology magazine
July 24, 2017
Government, Technology

Capitol Agenda for the Week of July 24: The ELD Implementation Is Happening

Stop, slow, go signs Thinkstock

The sky isn't falling, the end isn't near, and the ELD mandate isn't being delayed, no matter what you've read or heard. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Weigh the Benefits of Retreads Versus New Tires

retread tires Katie Pyzyk

Old habits die hard, as well as negative perceptions. Such is the case with unfavorable views of retread tires. But many fleets are choosing retreads over new tires due to improvements in product quality combined with cost savings.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Safety: Human and Equipment Factors

The intersection of the human and equipment-­related elements of truck safety is reflected in the two cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Opinion: Trailer Side Underride Guards

Underride Guard Airflow Deflector Inc.

In the case of semi-trailers, safety advocates, insurance companies and industry suppliers believe that if side underride guards are built, fleets will come and buy them.

July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Powering Up: Fleets Investing in In-Cab Power for Driver Medical Devices

Schneider driver and his CPAP A Schneider driver shows off a machine he uses to treat sleep apnea. (Mike Roemer)

CPAP machines need a continuous source of power. This can be a challenge for drivers on the road, particularly as the required power draw on trucks has increased with the addition of onboard electronic control modules and drivers’ increased desire to operate the electrical components for comfort and enjoyment.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017

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