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.

New disaster-relief truck design unveiled

In order to help provide more relief services to places ravaged by natural disasters and even refugee camps, a new company named Terranova GTS, LLC, is working with Navistar and fire equipment provider W.S. Darley & Co. to craft a new kind of truck – one that not only can provide firefighting and mobile medical services but clean water as well.

A multi-purpose disaster relief truck

At the recent Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) disaster relief summit in Washington, D.C., Terranova GTS, LLC and Navistar Inc. showcased a unique multi-purpose vehicle or "MPV" designed specifically to provide an array of emergency services. A water purification treatment system mounted on the truck is capable of purifying 5,000 gallons of drinking water per day, with the unit also equipped to provide both firefighting and mobile medical services.                   

Alternative propulsion still seen as attractive to trucking

The recent decision by Miami-Dade County, FL, to purchase 29 additional hybrid trucks for its refuse fleet – bringing the total number of such units it operates up to 64 – is an indication at least to some experts that alternative propulsion options will remain attractive to truck-based firms despite the current low price of diesel fuel.

Pickups expected to be strong sellers in 2015

Falling gasoline prices and a strengthening U.S. economy – especially in the housing market – are expected to help spur sales of light duty pickups into 2015, according to analysis shared by Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) in a conference call with reporters this week.

Trucks & NASCAR

Trucks play a bevy of integral roles within National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing -- more commonly referred to as "NASCAR" -- events, from providing teams with transportation for race cars and support gear to handling fuel and fire suppression needs. Here's a glimpse of some of those truck-related NASCAR duties taken from the last event of the 2014 season, held annually at the Homestead Race Track just outside Miami, FL.

Digging into Detroit Assurance

At a recent press event in Miami, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) showed off how its new Detroit Assurance "safety suite" package helps smoothly manage following distance for tractor-trailers. This proprietary technology package will initially only be available on 2016 Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution tractors equipped with Detroit engines starting in the first quarter of 2015.

Advanced Detroit safety package rolls out in 2015

MIAMI. The new Detroit Assurance integrated safety system will be made available by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) on select Freightliner tractor models in the first quarter of 2015.

Introduced at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual convention in October, Detroit Assurance integrates radar and sensor technology with Detroit engines and transmissions as well as a truck’s brake system to offer active brake assist (ABA) and active cruise control (ACC) capability.

November 12, 2014: Obama vows more greenhouse gas cuts; doubts about fixing HTF; Sword-wielding man attacks tow truck drivers.

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation this morning:

An advocate for boosting weight limits for commercial trucks says in an op-ed in the Journal of Commerce it’s the fastest way to solve the U.S. freight capacity crunch.

Veteran's day salute to military vehicles

There are so many variants military vehicles that it's hard to settle on just a few to highlight for Veteran's Day. Here are but a few from the U.S. military's past, present and future to view. 

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