Fleet Owner Staff

Fleet Owner Staff
PeopleNet, J.B. Hunt extend partnership

PeopleNet and J.B. Hunt Transport Services recently locked in a two-year extension of their current partnership, which covers the motor carrier’s fleet of over 13,000 trucks.

“We are looking forward to a continued relationship that will help us stay efficient and keep our drivers safe and compliant,” noted Tracy Black, J.B. Hunt’s senior vice president of information systems, in a statement.  

SMC³ adds direct-to-carrier APIs

SMC³ recently unveiled a new series of web-based APIs (short for “application programming interface”) for its technology platform or “hub” for third party logistics (3PL) providers, shippers and LTL carriers.

Those applications specifically include “execution” and “visibility” web-service solutions to provide event-based visibility to help streamline workflows by sending alerts when shipments require action or attention, SMC³ said.

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ZF trots out Innovation Truck at IAA

Greater safety and improved efficiency through automated driving are mobility “megatrends” that are in the view of one global OEM “increasingly relevant” to the commercial vehicle industry.

Peterbilt expands factory-installed sleeper heater option

Peterbilt Motors Co. is expanding the availability of factory installation for its no-idle fuel-fired heater to Model 579 and 56 tractors equipped with 44-in. sleepers.

With this addition, the system can be spec’d with the full range of Peterbilt sleepers, which includes 44, 58, 72 and 80-in. models, the OEM said.

Reaction mixed to policy supporting driverless vehicles

The rollout of a new federal policy initiative by the Obama administration to further foster the deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is getting mixed reaction to a degree from a variety of groups.

New federal policy for autonomous vehicles revealed
The Obama Administration unveiled its new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy today, which is designed to "help facilitate the responsible introduction" of autonomous vehicles to "make transportation safer, cleaner, more accessible, and more efficient."
U.S. fuel prices dip down for the week

National average retail pump prices for diesel and gasoline declined this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), though price increases did occur on a regional basis though mainly on the West Coast.

Diesel dipped 8/10ths of a penny to $2.399 per gallon this week, the agency noted, which is 11.8 cents per gallon cheaper com[pared to the same week last year.

Last mile logistics study to be unveiled at IAA

A new study of “last mile” logistics will be unveiled by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and component manufacturer ZF at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover later this month.

[When released, the study can be accessed online by clicking here.]

EIA: Fuel prices see slight regional shifts

The national retail pump prices for both diesel and gasoline declined overall this week, though they experienced slight fluctuations on a regional basis in the U.S., according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Diesel dropped 2/10ths of a penny this week to $2.407 per gallon, the agency noted, which is 12.7 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2015.

Volvo, Peterbilt to join SuperTruck II program

Volvo Group North America and Peterbilt announced they have joined the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck II program.

Under a SuperTruck II award announced by the DOE, Volvo Group North America is scheduled to receive $20 million in federal funding that it will use to improve the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks. The Volvo Group said it and its partners will match the development funds dollar-for-dollar.

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