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Technology, Business

Connected Vehicles Could Boost Safety

Wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication is playing an increasingly important role in the development of more advanced vehicle automation and driver-assist features. A possible federal mandate of the technology could accelerate that movement.

Stephen Bennett | Contributing Writer
July 15, 2016
Technology, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Behind the Wheel of a Self-Driving Truck

Sturgess by Neil Abt/Transport Topics

Being one of the few CDL holders with an autonomous endorsement to drive a truck with “self-driving” capabilities is a dubious claim to fame. But there it is. And why, if the truck drives itself, is there a need for a credential?

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
July 15, 2016
Technology, Business

Fleet Executives See Opportunities, Limitations in Self-Driving Technology

Truck makers and suppliers are investing heavily in vehicle automation technology, but what do their end customers think of it?

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
July 15, 2016
Technology, Business

A Safer, More Efficient Future Within Our Grasp

Self-driving trucks are coming. The potential benefits to highway safety and freight efficiency, combined with heavy investments in vehicle automation by truck makers and suppliers, are making it increasingly clear that the advent of semi-autonomous trucks on the nation’s highways has become less a question of “if” than of “when.”

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
July 15, 2016
Technology, Business

Move to Truck ‘Autopilot’ Not Automatic

Perhaps no technology has captured so much attention so quickly in the trucking industry as automated driving and platooning systems.

Duke Drinkard | Chairman, TMC Future Truck Committee
July 15, 2016
Technology, Business

Unmanned Trucks on Public Roads Deemed Far Off by OEMs, Suppliers

As autonomous-driving technology continues to advance, one open question is whether this path eventually could lead to fully unmanned trucks traveling down the road.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
July 15, 2016
Editorial, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Editorial: The Coming of Phase 2

Within several weeks, we could see the final form of Phase 2 of greenhouse-gas limits for heavy- and medium-duty trucks. That should not be confused with the rollout of the second half of Phase 1 GHG regulations on Jan. 1 — although the timing seems almost guaranteed to generate confusion.

July 11, 2016
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

Editorial: Collision Technology Proves Its Worth

Let us pause for a moment and consider the number zero. As in, during a recent test, 150 heavy-duty tractors racked up 3 million U.S. highway miles and there were zero rear-end collisions.

June 20, 2016
Equipment, Business, Fuel

Gearing Up for New Engine Oils

The heavy-duty engine oil specification that has been used for about 10 years is set to be replaced by two new ones: CK-4 and FA-4. The pair have been enhanced to withstand the rigors of lubricating hotter-running diesel engines and boost fuel efficiency better than the current offering, known as CJ-4 and marketed under many brands.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 17, 2016
Equipment, Government, Business

IRS Proposal Could Rewrite Rules on How Certain Equipment Is Taxed

Determination of whether a truck will be used for on- or off-highway duty is central to a proposal from the Internal Revenue Service that could rewrite the rules on how certain equipment is taxed.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
June 17, 2016

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