Sean Kilcarr

Executive 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.

Forecast: Pipeline transport to take some of trucking’s freight share

All modes of freight transportation are going to witness an increase in volume over the next decade, according to the most recent forecast by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). However, the volumes moved by pipeline will “grow significantly,” according to the trade group’s analysis, and that will eat into trucking’s share of the freight market.

Report: State laws need changing to support platooning, AVs

One of the hurdles facing the wider deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs) as well as efforts to develop platooning strategies for cars and commercial trucks alike are what’s being called “outdated state laws,” according to a

The latest in diesel engines

Almost all of the major diesel engine makers are either rolling out new platforms or making changes to current products across a range of displacements for this year as well as for 2018.  Makeovers include weight reductions and combustion system redesigns, among other improvements, largely to help them meet federal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. Those targets are ostensibly about reducing carbon dioxide emissions, yet in terms of real-world impact, they translate into mandates for lower fuel consumption.

2018 New Models

When it comes to detailing what’s truly “new” regarding this year’s crop of new models, it’s not all about the physical components that make up tractors and trucks anymore. Sure, we can talk about engine offerings, aerodynamic shaping, brake system types, and much more.

Turning wrenches around the world

Visit any U.S. military base around the world --- in Europe, Asia, Africa, or here at home in America — and you’ll find that the routines of vehicle maintenance stay the same, for the need to change fluids, tighten bolts, and turn wrenches to keep all manner of equipment up and running remains a steady constant. (Photos: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nick Emerick)

The parking predicament 

So how bad is the truck parking problem in the U.S.? Well, that depends on who you ask. Some truck drivers say it’s impossible to find parking spots on a daily basis; others, however, say it’s easier than many think—especially if you use technology to help find open slots.

A vehicle safety net ... sort of 

All sorts of technological changes are occurring to commercial vehicles large and small these days—to the point where a variety of them are actually driving themselves, no human hands on the wheel required.

While self-driving trucks (at this point at least) still remain something of a future endeavor, other new technologies enjoy broader usage across the industry, especially in terms of safety: blind spot detection, collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, and electronic stability control, to name a few.

McLeod's Trucking CFO Conference

The first-ever McLeod Software CFO conference for trucking and freight brokerage executives drew 70 participants to the windy city of Chicago to discuss everything from merger & acquisition tactics to lease accounting rule changes and tax strategies. A variety of industry experts, including lawyers, bankers, and accountants, were on hand to share their insights on those and other freight-related topics. (Photos: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

ELDs may help reshape refrigerated market 1

Small fleets and own-operators provide a large proportion of the freight transportation capacity for fresh foods and produce shipments. Yet they are also poised to be the two trucking elements hit hardest by the impending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate this December, according to two noted intermodal industry experts.

State of Logistics panel

The annual State of Logistics report, compiled by consulting firm A.T. Kearney with the help of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Penske Logistics, analyzed multiple trends affecting every mode of freight transportation in the U.S., including trucking.

Report: Logistics industry headed for cognitive dissonance

Trucking is confronting a new era of logistics uncertainty, according to an annual report being released today; one where e-commerce, new technologies and business tactics, plus more regional and last-mile freight demand could upend the industry’s economics for years to come.

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