Kevin Jones

Kevin
Jones
Editor

Kevin Jones has an odd fascination with the supply chain. As editor of American Trucker, he focuses on the critical role owner-ops and small fleets play in the economy, locally and globally. And he likes big trucks.

Articles
WABCO introduces automatic trailer tail system
NASHVILLE. WABCO Holdings Inc. has launched the first aerodynamic trailer tail in the U.S. to feature automatic deployment and retraction, a system that utilizes lighter, stronger materials for a smaller and more stable design.
Uptime, uptime, uptime: International Truck launches A26 engine
NASHVILLE. Calling it “as simple as a modern engine can be,” International Truck on Monday launched the International A26 engine, a new 12.4-liter diesel designed to provide industry-leading uptime to the Class 8 market.
Velociti offers 'turnkey' plan to let ROI pay for tire inflation system
NASHVILLE. Velociti Inc. has come up with a plan aimed at fleets and owner-operators that have been hesitant to adopt an automatic tire inflation system (ATIS). Simply, the new program allows the return on investment (ROI) to pay for the “turnkey” retrofit solution, company representatives explained in a presentation at the TMC annual meeting here.
Decisiv enhances visualization tool, publishes VMRS guide
NASHVILLE. Decisiv Inc. is pilot testing its new visualization platform, Insite 2.0, the Service Relationship Management (SRM) specialist reported Sunday at the 2017 TMC annual meeting here. The update will be launched to all Decisiv SRM platform users in the second quarter.
Dana's Rhombus tracks, optimizes tire maintenance
NASHVILLE. Dana Inc. has unveiled its new Rhombus TireAnalytics solution, a cloud-based platform designed to help truck owners and fleet maintenance managers better monitor and optimize tire lifecycle management.
Road Ready: Truck-Lite's trailer telematics solution
NASHVILLE. Truck-Lite Co. LLC is jumping into the telematics market with the Road Ready trailer monitoring and communication platform—billed as the industry's first true "smart" trailer.
SambaSafety acquires Vigillo, aims for 'comprehensive' solution
Looking to expand its capabilities as a company “completely focused on solving driver-related problems,” SambaSafety, a pioneer in driver risk management, has acquired Vigillo, which provides real-time data for analyzing commercial driver and motor carrier safety performance.
House Dem's NAFTA redo would drop cross-border trucking provision
If President Trump wants to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, a group of House Democrats is ready and willing to provide the blueprint. Led by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D.-OR), the ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the resolution introduced Thursday includes a provision that would remove the cross-border trucking requirement—a long-problematic clause in the current trade deal.
Trucking exec ‘stuns’ senator with safety stats 1
A leading Senate proponent of more strict truck safety regulations called it “stunning,” after hearing the details of fleet-wide accident reductions through investment in advanced safety systems—but the CEO of one of the country’s largest trucking companies quickly explained that the trucking industry didn’t need more regulations, just the “right” ones.
Digital disruption (part 2): Analytics, analytics, analytics
While self-driving trucks and Uber-for-freight startups get much of the buzz, Princeton Consultants CEO Steve Sashihara has one word of advice for fleet executives: analytics.
Senate green-lights Chao to lead DOT
With little discussion and by a 93-6 vote, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed nominee Elaine Chao to be the next Secretary of Transportation. The only real surprise is that she picked up those half-dozen ‘no’ votes—although, considering the growing frustration with President Donald Trump, that number might have been even higher.
Digital disruption, friend or foe (part 1): Self-driving trucks, Uber-for-freight 1
The potential for autonomous trucks to disrupt freight transportation—or at least the recognition, by carriers and shippers, of that possibility—has surged in the past year, according to an updated survey by Princeton Consultants. But the industry still might not fully appreciate the changes that are coming.
Atlanta retains top spot in spot market, DAT reports
Atlanta was the hottest place to find spot truckload freight in 2016, according to DAT Solutions. For 2017, carriers in lanes that service the resurgent energy and post-drought produce markets can expect rising rates.
Senate committee okays Chao to lead DOT
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Tuesday approved President Trump’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation.
Outgoing FMCSA boss: Trucking safety, commerce go together
Trucking needs to do a better job of promoting itself, outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling said Thursday in a last-day conference call with trade media. He also emphasized that safe trucking is the “linchpin” of the American economy.
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