Sean Kilcarr

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.

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A concept vehicle that thinks

Toyota’s new Concept-i, unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, features an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) system nicknamed “Yui” to foster what the OEM calls a “driver-vehicle relationship.” In essence, the Concept-I is designed to grow with the driver, meaning the more one drives the vehicle, the smarter it gets.

Top issues trucking should track for 2017

So what are some of the broader transportation issues trucking CEOs should keep their eyes on as we hurdle into 2017 and beyond? For example, how will domestic migration patterns affect freight flows?

Shippers say simplifying supply chain practices key for 2017

An annual survey conducted among nearly 2,200 shippers by trucking conglomerate Averitt Express finds a majority are “optimistic” about freight volumes heading into 2017, with more seeking ways to “simplify” their supply chain practices, which includes cutting back on the number of motor carriers they contract with.

Ford looks to the future

More electric vehicles, a fully self-driving car by 2021, plus the re-introduction of the Bronco small-size SUV and Ranger compact pickup truck; all in addition to the new 2018 model F-150 and all geared toward the “evolution,” in the words of Bill Ford, the OEM’s chairman, of a “

Showing off the 2018 model F-150

Ford Motor Co. is taking the wraps off its 2018 model F-150 pickup at the North American International Auto Show this week, showcasing a variety of new tweaks that includes: an optional second-generation 2.7 liter EcoBoost gasoline engine; adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking; embedded 4G LTE modem that turns the truck into a Wi-Fi hot spot; plus new grilles, headlamps and bumpers. (All photos courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Foxx: Inadequate infrastructure will remain a problem 1

Anthony Foxx, the outgoing Secretary of Transportation, stressed in an “exit memo” issued this week that improving and expanding America’s transportation system – especially its highway network – will remain a big issue for his replacement, Elaine Chao, who is expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Congress next week.

Outlook: Trucking regulations and the new administration 

As Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office this month, many motor carriers are rightfully wondering how much change his administration will bring to the trucking industry.

New Ram Rebel, New Chrysler Portal Concept

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) provided a sneak peak of the new Ram Rebel Black special edition pickup it’ll be showing off at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, while also highlight its new Chrysler Portal Concept vehicle at CES 2017.

Buying into safety: One fleet’s view 1

Cari Baylor, president of Baylor Trucking, is big believer in the benefits of high-end safety technologies, despite the often high-end price tag that comes with them.

Truck stops aim to be all-in-one service providers

Chris McElhaney boils the strategic planning for most truck stops today down to a single word: convenience, for truck drivers and fleets alike.

“They will do anything they can not to have to stop at three different places,” he explained to Fleet Owner.

A day at Flying J

Truck stops are constantly trying to add more amenities while tweaking the ones they already have to win more business from drivers and fleets alike. That includes everything from adding more fresh food items to natural gas refueling spots plus tire and light maintenance services. Fleet Owner recently visited Flying J's San Antonio, TX, facility to see how such efforts translate into reality. (All photos by Aaron Marsh for Fleet Owner)

Truck parking, driver amenities focus of Love’s expansion effort

Andrew Uviedo will tell you that finding parking is a big deal for today’s truck drivers.

As the general manager for the four year-old Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores facility in Natalia, TX, along I-35, he said that tractor-trailers start pulling into his location starting between 3 pm and 4 pm in the afternoon to secure one of his truck stop’s 150 slots for overnight parking.

Love's picks up the expansion pace

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores had a big year in 2016, opening 47 new locations in 20 states, which added more than 3,000 new truck-parking spaces and 220 showers to its network, and as of now, Love’s hopes to add 3,100 more parking spaces in 2017.

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