Steve Brawner

Business, Technology, Equipment

Automated Manual Transmissions Become Industry’s Popular Option

Freightliner truck Automated transmissions offer many features, such as a creep mode for very low speed automatic acceleration.(Freightliner)

If a customer wants to drive one of the Class 8 trucks in Ryder’s commercial rental fleet, it will have to be one with an automated manual transmission, which shouldn’t be a problem because that’s what most customers want.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
January 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Top 100

More Fleets Are Utilizing Remote Diagnostics

UPS remote diagnostics A UPS automotive technician analyzes data from its telematics platform. (UPS)

A growing number of motor carriers are taking advantage of remote diagnostics to streamline vehicle maintenance and reduce downtime, but fleets must know how to filter through the data to use this information effectively.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Arkansas’ Mobile Job Simulator Promotes Industry

Students using simulator The success of Be Pro, Be Proud has prompted similar initiatives in Georgia and South Carolina. (Be Pro, Be Proud)

Be Pro, Be Proud, a workforce development initiative, puts students behind the wheel of a truck driving simulator inside a tractor-trailer.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
December 7, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

COVID-19 Pandemic Stalls Replacement Cycles

Truck fleet Jacek_Sopotnicki/Getty Images

Motor carriers paused their replacement cycles during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but most dealers, fleets and analysts said the industry merely delayed making purchases for a few months, and they don’t expect long-term changes.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
September 15, 2020
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Market Rebounding Amid Virus Concerns

fleet Brian O’Donnell, principal of Valley Truck Centers (Valley Truck Centers)

The medium-duty truck market has partially rebounded from the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what happens next, analysts say, depends on the virus itself.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020