Bruce Lilly

Technology, Equipment

Industrial Handhelds Maintain Niche in LTL Despite Ubiquity of Consumer Mobile Devices

Honeywell

The immense popularity of Android and Apple smartphones and tablets has led many truckload carriers to deploy mobile applications that drivers can run on those consumer devices.

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

ELD Suppliers Offer Various Pricing Models, Levels of Service

The cost of an electronic logging device is difrficult to gauge, partly because vendors use different pricing models.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
August 21, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Training Can Ease Transition to ELDs

It may be impossible for fleets to entirely avoid upheaval as they make the move to ELD compliance, but the right planning and training can make a world of difference, technology suppliers said.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
August 21, 2017
Business, Technology

ELDs: Now or Later?

A worker uses fleet-management software A transportation worker uses fleet-management software from MiX Telematics. (MixTelematics)

While first-time adopters will need to install ELDs in their trucks by Dec. 18, fleets using e-log systems categorized as auto­matic onboard recording devices, or ­AOBRDs, get a two-year extension. But if you can wait, why change now?

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
August 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

New ELD Vendors Flood Market as Mandate Nears

ELD device KeepTruckin

A growing number of technology vendors have been flooding the market with new electronic logging device products in advance of the federal ELD mandate that takes effect Dec. 18.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
August 21, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

ESC Mandate to Improve Safety, Fleets Say

ESC Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that by preventing crashes, electronic stability control will save lives, prevent property damage and reduce congestion.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment

Electronic Stability Control: A New Standard for Trucking Industry

ESC Meritor Wabco

New Classes 7-8 tractors sold on or after Aug. 1 must be equipped with electronic stability control, which means that more fleets will need a greater understanding of the technology.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Telematics Providers Going Mobile to Expand Capabilities Outside of Cab

PeopleNet

The mobile device revolution, started by the release of the first Apple iPhone 10 years ago this summer, has transformed the way fleets communicate with their drivers. For many years, fleet telematics relied solely on proprietary, fixed-mount units in the cab to serve as driver interfaces, but today many telematics vendors offer fleets the ability to communicate with their drivers through mobile devices, ranging from personal smartphones to proprietary tablets that can be easily removed from the cab.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
May 29, 2017
Fuel

Looking Beyond Diesel to Fuels of Tomorrow

Britt by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

INDIANAPOLIS — Diesel fuel dominates the commercial truck world today and will continue to do so in the near future, but greenhouse gas regulations will force the industry to use it more efficiently and eventually could push fleets toward other, cleaner fuels, industry executives said here at the Green Truck Summit.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
May 1, 2017
Equipment, Business, Logistics

Trailer Standards Draw Near

Stoughton Trailers

Trailers purchased by fleets in 2018 must comply with Phase 2 of the greenhouse-gas rule from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but there will be a menu of equipment options for achieving compliance.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 17, 2017

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