Roger Gilroy

Roger Gilroy

Senior Reporter

@roger_gilroy

Roger Gilroy began reporting on the trucking industry for Transport Topics in the 1990s, but at various times ventured away to report for other publications that focused on hazardous materials transportation then intelligent transportation systems — and later for nine years owned a small business that came with two vans and two buses.


Business, Equipment

Used Class 8 Prices in January Fall as Sales Drop

Ritchie Bros. building and trucks Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

The price of the average Class 8 truck in January, typically the weakest sales month of the year, came close to falling below $40,000 for a fourth consecutive month, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Jacobs Looks to Cylinder Deactivation to Reduce Emissions

Steven Ernest (right) of Jacobs Vehicle Systems Steven Ernest (right), Jacobs Vehicle Systems' vice president of engineering, discusses his company's brakes with an attendee on the exhibit floor at TMC. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Jacobs Vehicle Systems has completed testing of its cylinder deactivation technology with a third-party laboratory funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the company announced Feb. 25.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 26, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Volvo to Share Fleet Performance Details With Dealers

Volvo The Volvo booth on the exhibit floor. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Volvo Trucks North America has developed an internal tool called Expert Analysis for reviewing fleet operational performance and will put it in the hands of dealers and some customers later this year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 26, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Mack Launches Active Steering Feature, Earns SmartWay Certification

Mack day cab A Mack day cab at the company's booth on the exhibit floor. (Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Mack Trucks announced an active steering option, Command Steer, for its Anthem models that monitors road conditions at nearly 2,000 times per second using truck-mounted sensors to help maintain directional stability, for instance, on rough roads, in high winds or during blowouts.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Utility Launches Aerodynamic Trailer Tail

Utility Craig Bennett (left) and his colleagues at the event at TMC. (Joe Antoshak/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. introduced its Utility Aerodynamic Tail, which diminishes the normal turbulence at the back of a trailer. It also directs heat from that space, which is important for refrigerated trailers, a segment Utility dominates in market share.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Wabco Introduces Intelligent Trailer Platform

Wabco Wabco's Collin Shaw, director of business development. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Wabco Holdings Inc. introduced a connected and intelligent trailer platform built on an intelligent anti-lock braking system, an intelligent trailer program and its TrailerCast telematics device — as well as open software architecture.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Dana Puts Focus on Axles, Driveshafts, Training

Dana Tim Farney, Dana’s vice president of global vehicles, speaks at the event. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Dana Inc. announced the start of production for its electrified axle for Classes 4-5 commercial vehicles, enhancements to its SPL Series driveshafts and broadened its maintenance and inspection videos.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 23, 2020
Business, Technology

Eaton Upgrades Features on IntelliConnect

ATLANTA — Eaton Corp. announced new features for its IntelliConnect remote diagnostics technology that provide near real-time monitoring of vehicle fault codes, prioritizes the critical events and offers action plans created by the company’s technical experts.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

AdTra Aims to Unite Zero-Emissions Fuel, Funding and Infrastructure

Electric charging port An electric charging port. AdTra says it is willing to work with large or small fleets in their transition to zero-emissions alternatives. (NACFE)

With little promotional fanfare so far, privately held AdTra intends to offer fleets its platform of fueling technology and fuel.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 21, 2020
Business, Equipment

January Trailer Orders Down 43% Year-Over-Year

Stoughton Trailer factory Stoughton Trailers

Net trailer orders in the United States for January underscored that caution remains a central factor in fleets’ equipment purchasing plans, as orders sank to the lowest total of any January in 10 years, ACT reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 20, 2020

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