Sean Kilcarr

Senior Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

Telematics hacking: Three things you need to know

If you haven’t heard the terms “jamming” and “spoofing” in relation to trucking telematics before, you are not alone, for both are highly rare forms of telematics hacking in the U.S.

Yet Guy Buesnel, product manager for the positioning & navigation business unit at Spirent Communications, warns that such activity has occurred in overseas freight markets and could eventually make their way here to the U.S.

The future of fuel economy: Power and efficiency 

Most truck engine makers are being decidedly cagey about the next technological steps they’ll be taking to meet Phase 2 of the greenhouse gas (GHG) fuel economy regulations recently outlined by the federal government.

Ram Truck officially reveals 2016 models

More power and more luxury are what Ram Truck is highlighting for its 2016 model pickups, vans, and commercial chassis – upgrades that include a range of new optional features, including wider availability of its ParkSense package, which now includes a new front park-assist system.

Panel: Better integration is the key

A panel discussion held last week in Dallas, TX, illuminated one of the major challenges facing efforts to improve overall truck efficiency: a still-prevalent lack of integration between truck components and new technologies that can complicate efforts to maximize fuel savings and operational payback.

Mobile Knievel Exhibit Visits Dallas

Mack Trucks recently partnered with the Historic Harley-Davidson dealership in Topeka, KS, and Lathan McKay of Evel Knievel Enterprises and collector of Knievel memorabilia, to revive the motorcycle daredevil’s legacy through a unique mobile exhibit; an exhibit that passed through Dallas, TX, last week.

Trucking, technology, and transformation

The trucking industry is expected to undergo significant and continued “transformation” due to ongoing incorporation of more active safety technologies, such as collision mitigation, and factory-installed telematics systems, according to a panel discussion at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference last week in Dallas, TX.

Show Trucks in Dallas

Nothing catches the eye faster than the chrome and eye-popping paint schemes ubiquitous to the show truck scene, as a stroll though the 2015 Great American Trucking Show proved. Here are just a few of the high-toned rigs on display at GATS this year.

Scenes from GATS 2015

The 2015 iteration of the Great American Trucking Show opened its doors this week in the hot Texas heat, with displays showing off everything from trucker T-Shirts to tires, along with a wide assortment of classic and custom trucks for the eyes to feast upon.

Smoothing the air via subtle aerodynamic shifts

DENTON, TX. Improving the aerodynamic performance of highway tractors often boils down to making small yet significant changes to its exterior shape – changes that can also be canceled out by aerodynamic enhancements to trailers, if one isn’t careful.

Hitting the road in a Model 579 EPIQ tractor

With Associate Engineer Michael Goodman at the wheel, Fleet Owner went on Model 579 EPIQ tractor a test drive in part to learn more about how "real-world" fuel economy highway tests are being used at Peterbilt to validate efforts to develop what the OEM calls "full vehicle simulation" software, which would allow its vehicle engineers to more rapidly isolate trend data so improvements to truck and tractor designs can be made at a faster pace, while also customizing them better for specific applications.

Aerodynamism and Peterbilt's Model 579 EPIQ tractor

A host of subtle yet significant aerodynamic enhancements - both visible and invisible to the naked eye - help "smooth" the airflow around Peterbilt's Model 579 EPIQ highway tractor and thus allow for continued improvements in fuel economy. Frank Schneck, Peterbilt's division engineering manager, recently provided Fleet Owner with an overview of those aerodynamic improvements to the Model 579 EPIQ package at the OEM's Denton, TX, manufacturing plant, explaining how they work to produce "smoother" airflow around both truck and trailer.

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