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Refrigerated Carriers Finding Value With Electric-Powered Reefer Units

Electric Advances in microprocessor-based controllers are making systems more efficient and reliable, as well as enhancing diagnostics for maintenance. (Carrier Transicold)

The use of electric power to refrigerate trailers is expected to surge in the coming years, according to some manufacturers and fleet operators.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technology Used to Strengthen Truck and Trailer Inspection Procedures

Trailer inspection at Boyle Transportation Updating truck repair status is a big part of performance bonuses for fleets, creating an incentive for drivers to take the initiative on maintenance. (Boyle Transportation)

Given the importance of pre- and post-trip inspections, many fleets have implemented technology to guarantee drivers are conducting them properly and to transmit the findings early.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Adapting to the Virtual Environment

vehicle damage In TMC's study group, Vice Chairman Chris Sterwerf described the impact that minor vehicle damage can have on an ADAS system. (Chris Sterwerf)

Societal changes — accelerated by technology and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis — are transforming the way fleets specify and operate equipment in both intentional and unintended ways.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Telematics Strengthens Communication Between Delivery Driver and Dispatch

Ford Transit As this Ford Transit makes a delivery, telematics is helping fleets keep up with efficient productivity as well as regular maintenance. (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

Last-mile delivery for any fleet operation — big or small — is only as efficient as the communication between the driver and dispatch.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

A Lesson in Idling

child in car seat The precious cargo: Mikale and his "blankie." (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

I was presented the opportunity to drive the 2020 Ford Transit for a week.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Honda Beefs Up Pickup, SUVs to Bolster Light-Truck Market Share

Honda Ridgeline 2021 Honda Ridgeline (Honda)

Honda Motor Co. plans to revamp three key midsized vehicles — two sport utilities and a pickup — by giving them beefier looks. It also will play up their off-road capabilities in marketing to appeal to more-traditional truck buyers.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

Executives See Bright Future for Savvy Fleets

CQ Roll Call panel

Three trucking executives said they remain enthusiastic about the future of their businesses after technology helped them weather the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the video from the TT/CQ Roll Call Symposium.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 8, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Judge Weighing Appeal to Determine if Chassis Case Will Proceed

Port of Savannah Port of Savannah (Georgia Ports Authority)

A judge is weighing an appeal that will determine whether a trucking industry challenge to prices being charged for shipping containers at ports will be permitted to proceed.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 8, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Executives Discuss Long-Term Effects of Pandemic on Supply Chain

Panel From left to right: TT's Seth Clevenger, England and Wilkerson at the panel. (Screenshot)

Executives from C.R. England and XPO Logistics said their customers are looking for stable, nimble and innovative partners to help them navigate an economic environment that remains uncertain several months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video from the TT/CQ Roll Call Symposium.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 8, 2020
Business, Equipment

ATA, TMC Celebrate Professional Technicians With Appreciation Week

Robert Braswell, TMC executive director TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell at Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting in 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recognized several service professionals Sept. 26 during the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 7, 2020