Joe Howard

Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

New Volvo Engine Offers Fuel Economy, Efficiency Gains

Volvo D13TC engine D13TC by Volvo Trucks North America

DUBLIN, Va. — The next generation of the 13-liter turbo compound engine from Volvo Trucks North America offers improved fuel economy over the current model, the company announced.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
September 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Volvo Improves Braking, Detection With Updated Driver Assist System

Interior view of Volvo's active driver assist system Interior view of Volvo's Active Driver Assist System. (Volvo Trucks North America)

DUBLIN, Va. — Volvo Trucks North America introduced an updated version of its driver assistance system that increases the speed from which the brakes can stop the truck without driver input, and which improves the system’s recognition of when the driver switches lanes to avoid a vehicle in its path.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
September 12, 2019
Business, Technology

Volvo Debuts ‘Dynamic Steering’ in North America

Volvo Dynamic Steering blowout assistance Volvo Dynamic Steering can help drivers navigate unexpected situations such as potholes and rapid tire deflations, providing up to 9 ft.-lb. of torque in the steering column. (Volvo Trucks North America)

DUBLIN, Va. — Volvo Trucks North America is introducing a steering system on its Class 8 trucks that the company said reduces steering force up to 85%, which it said can reduce driver fatigue and improve road safety.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
September 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Yokohama Introduces Two Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires

Yokohama Yokohama 712L tire (Yokohama Tire)

ATLANTA — Yokohama Tire debuted two new SmartWay-verified, low-rolling-resistance tires at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting here March 19.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck-Lite Debuts Updated Trailer Tracking

Truck-Lite Richard (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Truck-Lite introduced the second generation of its Road Ready trailer-tracking service, which features a new, smaller master control unit that offers either solar or hard-wired power options, the company said.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Bridgestone Campaign to Educate Fleets on Retreading Tires

LaTres Jarrett of Bridgestone “The fleets that we depend on every day are the ones who keep our communities up and running safely and efficiently,” said LaTres Jarrett, Bandag director of marketing. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Bridgestone Americas is launching a campaign to help educate fleets about and dispel common myths regarding retreading tires, the company announced.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 19, 2019
Business, Equipment

Navistar Opens Distribution Center, Expands Last-Minute Parts Availability

Navistar Cancelliere (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Navistar International Corp. said the opening of a new parts distribution center in Memphis, Tenn., will enable it to guarantee overnight delivery of parts to dealers who place orders as late as 11 p.m. Eastern time the previous night.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Design Interactive Expands Virtual Reality Training to Mobile Devices

Virtual Reality Training Johnston (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Design Interactive announced that its Augmentor virtual and augmented reality technician training system is available for Apple and Android mobile devices.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 19, 2019
Business, Technology

Mitchell1 Enhances Search Capabilities for Diagnostics Data

Diagnostics Data La Page (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — A new search function for the TruckSeries diagnostics software suite from Mitchell1 gives technicians faster access to repair information, the company announced March 17.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Donaldson Debuts Wireless Filter Monitoring System

Filter Monitoring System Zambon (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA –Filter manufacturer Donaldson Co. has introduced a wireless monitoring system that tracks and reports on the condition of trucks’ air filters, and which eventually could be expanded to track other systems, the company said.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 17, 2019

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