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Some Fleets Reluctant to Add Driver-Facing Cameras

Lytx DriveCam Lytx Inc.

The use of onboard video technology is increasing in the trucking industry, but many fleets remain reluctant to add driver-facing cameras due to concerns over privacy and driver recruitment and retention.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
December 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driver Training, Monitoring Could Help Ensure Safe Testing, Deployment of Automated Trucks

TuSimple test driver Randy Redwine with an automated truck TuSimple test driver Randy Redwine with one of the company's automated trucks. (Bryce Morthland/Pima Community College)

Self-driving truck developers are putting a growing number of test vehicles on the road to refine their automated driving systems and pave the way for the commercial introduction of this technology.

Gregory Van Tighem | Contributing Writer
December 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

In-Cab Monitoring Uses Machine Vision to Detect Fatigued, Distracted Driving

Driver monitoring technology from Seeing Machines' Guardian system Driver monitoring technology such as Seeing Machines' Guardian system tracks head and eye movements for signs of drowsiness or distraction. (Seeing Machines)

In-cab monitoring systems can help fleets keep drivers out of danger, but technology should be just one part of the broader culture of safety within a company.

Gregory Van Tighem | Contributing Writer
December 6, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Watchdog Faults Rushed EPA Rulemaking on Glider Trucks

Fitzgerald glider kit in a Peterbilt 389 A Fitzgerald glider kit installed in a Peterbilt 389. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration rushed to exempt glider trucks from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said Dec. 5.

Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press
December 6, 2019
Business, Safety, Logistics

Lineage Acquires Emergent Cold as Refrigerated Supply Heats Up

Lineage Logistics facility in Sunnyvale, Texas Loading docks at the Sunnyvale, Texas, Lineage Logistics facility. (Lineage Logistics)

Lineage Logistics Holdings said it will acquire Emergent Cold in the latest consolidation of cold-storage companies that do business globally.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety

Hair Drug-Testing Rule Could Become Public in Early 2020, Official Says

hair drug test Quest Diagnostics

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A proposed federal rule that would allow motor carriers to drug test their drivers and prospective employees using hair samples continues to wind its way slowly through the bureaucracy, but could be made public as soon as early next year.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Announces More Than $161 Million in Municipal Aid Grants

New Jersey Traffic moves along the New Jersey Turnpike. (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg News)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced more than $161 million in municipal aid grants for hundreds of cities and towns. 

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hankook Tire Looks to AI to Improve Production

Hankook tires on truck Generally, it takes six months to three years to develop a new tire compound, but this period is expected to be reduced by 50% if artificial intelligence is used, according to Hankook. (Hanook Tire)

Hankook Tire, whose commercial products are on U.S. fleets, announced the predictive model it is developing using artificial intelligence could slash in half the time it takes to develop tire compounds.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

1.4 Million Air Bags to be Recalled

Takata building Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Takata Corp., the auto parts supplier that went bankrupt after its air bags spurred the largest-ever recall, told U.S. safety regulators that another 1.4 million U.S. vehicles need to be repaired over a potentially deadly defect.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Engineering Group ACEC Opposes Bill That Removes Regulations on Construction Material Suppliers

Harley Rouda Rouda speaks at a hearing. (Sait Serkan Gurbuz/Bloomberg News)

A group representing engineers is pushing back on recently introduced legislation that aims to develop projects through open competition among suppliers of construction materials.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019