Bruce Lilly

Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailers of the Future Will Be Smarter, Lighter, More Aerodynamic

Wabash National trailer Manufacturers say the trailers of the future will be lighter, more streamlined and more connected through telematics. (Wabash National Corp.)

Dry van and refrigerated trailers will evolve over the next 10 years to become more connected, lighter, more durable and more aerodynamic than today’s equipment, executives at major trailer manufacturers said.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
April 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Fleets Implementing Tracking Technology to Fairly Reward Fuel-Efficient Drivers

PeopleNet Device PeopleNet device and driver (PeopleNet)

Advances in tracking technology are enabling fleets to better assess driver performance and fairly reward them for fuel-efficient driving.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
April 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets Rely on In-House, Outside Expertise to Keep Onboard Technology Up and Running

A Velociti technician works on in-cab technology A Velociti technician installs an onboard computer in a truck cab. (Velociti)

The rapid expansion of onboard technology — electronic logging devices, telematics systems and in-cab video — brings with it the challenge of servicing this equipment. Ensuring that repairs are handled quickly is essential to maximizing utilization and staying compliant with the ELD mandate.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

‘Lockout-Tagout’ Helps Fleets Ensure the Safety of Technicians

A lockout-tagout device A lockout-tagout device. (Technology & Maintenance Council)

The work of servicing and maintaining a fleet of trucks presents a wide assortment of potential dangers to technicians, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “lockout-tagout” regulations provide guidance to reduce the risk of injury or death.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Toll-Management Providers Help Make Life Easier for Fleets

An EZ-Pass toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Maryland. An EZ-Pass toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Maryland. (TT File Photo)

Tolls can cause administrative headaches and bring additional costs to trucking companies, but toll-management providers are offering services that could help alleviate both burdens.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
January 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

SuperTruck: Electrical System Changes Are Coming

Navistar Inc.

The Department of Energy’s SuperTruck project is producing technological changes, including to auxiliary power units, and these changes will be working their way into standard truck manufacturing, according to industry experts.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

APUs: Diesel or Electric?

The climate control panel for the Volvo parking cooler can be seen on the wall to the right in a Volvo truck sleeper. (Volvo Trucks)

Auxiliary power units allow truck drivers to have climate control for their sleepers and electricity for hotel loads without needing to idle the tractor engine, but fleets that elect to add APUs to the cab must decide how those APUs will be powered — by a small diesel engine or by batteries.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology

Precision Pricing

Freight dimensioner A freight dimensioner installed on the ceiling of a loading dock. (CubiScan)

The less-than-truckload industry is embracing dimensioning technology to enable more accurate freight pricing and automate what used to be manual tasks.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
December 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Many LTL Carriers Lean Toward Density-Based Pricing

Estes Express Lines dimensioners An increasing number of less-than-truckload fleets are expanding the use of dimensioners in their facilities. (Estes Express Lines)

The use of dimensioners is expanding in the less-than-­truckload industry, enabling carriers to more accurately calcu­late shipment density.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
December 8, 2017
Technology, Equipment

Android Platform Now Dominates Industrial Mobile Computing, Device Manufacturers Say

Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

The popularity of the Android platform with consumer mobile devices has spread to industrial mobile computing.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
October 11, 2017

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