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Volvo Trucks Offers Bluetooth as Standard

Volvo Trucks in North America announced on Monday that it will now offer its Bluetooth-equipped radio as standard equipment on all VN and VHD models.

December 12, 2011
Business, Technology

Fuso Hybrid Powertrain Might Provide Big-Rig Fuel Economy

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. is developing a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain for parent Daimler AG’s truck group that could provide the fuel economy gains that have so far been elusive for heavy-duty, over-the-road trucks, the company said.

December 12, 2011
Business, Technology

GM, Teijin Aim for Stronger, Lighter Parts

General Motors and Japanese carbon fiber and composites supplier Teijin have teamed up in hopes of producing stronger and lighter parts for GM trucks, cars and crossovers.

December 12, 2011
Business, Technology

Telular Acquires SkyBitz for $42 Million

Wireless alarm company Telular Corp. has agreed to buy trailer tracking supplier SkyBitz Corp. for a total of $42 million — $35 million in cash and $7 million in new Telular stock.

December 12, 2011
Business, Technology

Telular to Acquire SkyBitz

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Remote monitoring company Telular Corp. said Monday it will acquire SkyBitz, a provider of technology used to track and manage truck trailers, intermodal containers and other assets.

December 6, 2011
Business, Technology

ALK Technologies Announces Reorganization

Transportation technology provider ALK Technologies has formed a new group responsible for all of its products and services sold worldwide to transportation and logistics companies, ALK announced Friday.

December 5, 2011
Business, Technology

Qualcomm Warns OEMs Are Aiming For Cut of In-Cab Electronics Market

In a federal securities filing, Qualcomm Inc. warned that some truck original equipment manufacturers and truck component makers are beginning to offer built-in, onboard fleet management and GPS devices, which could intensify competition and eventually affect the San Diego-based company’s margins.

December 5, 2011
Business, Technology

Three Companies Upgrade Their GPS Products

TomTom NV said its Pro 7150 truck-specific GPS is now available and provides drivers and fleet managers with routing that factors in vehicle profiles, road attributes and restrictions.

December 5, 2011
Business, Technology

Fuel-Cell APUs Limited, Research Firm Says

Despite representing 20% of all fuel-cell systems shipped in 2010, fuel cells used as auxiliary power units remain limited commercially, according to market research and consulting firm Pike Research.

December 5, 2011
Letters to the Editor, Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Letters: Outlaw EOBRs, Truck Phone Bans

Of course, concerns persist about electronic onboard recorders (“FMCSA Drops Its 2012 Electronic Log Rule Aimed at Carriers With Major HOS Offenses,” 11-21, p. 3). EOBRs are unconstitutional and should be outlawed.

December 5, 2011

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