David Cullen

Executive Editor

David Cullen offers his take on how actions taken by government agencies, industry suppliers and other trucking stakeholders impact truck fleet owners.

Platooning trucks: A virtual reality

At least one Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology firm is confident trucking will soon benefit from its system for virtually “platooning” trucks.

To platoon trucks is to efficiently operate them on a highway in close proximity-- one following after another at a pre-set distance via radar and wireless communication to form a virtual “road train.”

ATRI: How states enforce rules can damage CSA scores

The disparate enforcement of commercial motor-vehicle (CMV) safety rules at the state level creates “uneven safety playing fields” for motor carriers, contends the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

DAT: Spot rates downshifted last week

On the spot market, both truckload demand and capacity slipped across the board during the week ending July 26, according to DAT Solutions, which operates a network of load boards.

In that last full week of July, DAT found that the national average spot-market van rate declined 3 cents (1.4%) to $2.07 per mile, including fuel surcharge).

Economy bounces back: GDP grew 4.0% in Q2

The real gross domestic product (GDP) of the U.S. grew at an annual rate of 4.0% in the second quarter, per the "advance" estimate released this morning by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

TBB, ACT reports signal used-truck market strength

Used-truck prices in this year’s second quarter remained higher than those recorded for the first quarter, per the

Transplace: Impact on carrier finances and driver productivity key to gaining preferred-shipper status

How a shipper impacts a motor carrier financially and affects driver productivity will go a long way in determining whether a carrier will assign them “preferred shipper” status, per results of a survey conducted by Transplace of its own preferred-shipper program.

Transplace, a leading non-asset 3PL provider, explained that the study was conducted to gain insight into best practices for achieving preferred status with carrier partners. It drew on data from over 75 motor carriers.

ATA sees solid growth for “entire freight economy” out to 2025

Overall U.S. freight tonnage will rise nearly 25% and revenues from that freight will surge above 70% over the next decade, per the latest long-term freight forecast released by the American Trucking Assns. (ATA).

Obama pitches private-sector investment as partial highway fix

With the clock ticking rapidly down to when the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) will have to  start cutting highway payments to states, President Barack Obama this week launched by executive order an effort to pull more private-sector monies into the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.

Volvo adds optional Telogis solutions to its own connected-vehicle platform

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) is partnering with Telogis to make that firm’s fleet-management solutions optionally available alongside the truck OEM’s standard Remote Diagnostics telematic service on its existing ”connected-vehicle platform.”

Cummins: E85-fueled engine cuts medium-duty CO2 emissions by 50% to 80%

A new engine/powertrain combination developed by Cummins Inc. that’s fueled by E85 (an ethanol/gasoline blend)  cuts carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions by 50% to 80% vs. a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck, according to the manufacturer.

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