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Business, Technology, Equipment

All-Electric Trucks Present Training Challenges

All-electric Class 8 tractors can present new challenges for maintenance shops, including the training of technicians, but fleets said they expect overall maintenance requirements to decrease.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Charging All-Electric Trucks

Tesla Inc.

As trucking fleets prepare for the availability of all-electric, plug-in Class 8 tractors, they are evaluating existing power capabilities at terminal locations and working through what’s needed for charging infrastructure to support these vehicles.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber to Offer Food Delivery by Drone in San Diego

Getty Iamges

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal government May 9, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.

Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Data Management and Cybersecurity

ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council will host the Fleet Data Management & Cybersecurity Conference, a new event to address pressing issues in fleet data management and cybersecurity, June 5-7 in Raleigh, N.C.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

The ‘Other’ Components: Oft Ignored, But Important

Engines. Brakes. Tires. These are among the major components of a Class 8 truck that tend to get the most attention in the transportation industry and in the trade press that covers it.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
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, 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 | MLive.com, Walker, Mich.
May 10, 2018
Business, Technology

DOT Unveils Drone Tests Ranging From Deliveries to Farming

CyPhy

A who’s who of technology and aviation companies won U.S. approval to push the edge of the envelope in drone flights, from testing people’s tolerance for delivery devices hovering over their rooftops to ensuring farmers’ drones won’t hit crop dusters.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 9, 2018

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