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.

Logistics outlook: Last mile a major choke point

One of the major findings from the 27th annual State of Logistics report is that “gaps” in infrastructure and “accelerating trends for speed” will increasingly put pressure on a logistics system not designed for e-commerce driven “last mile, last minute” delivery service.

Updates from the Light Truck World

The official rollout of Honda's 2017 model Ridgeline pickup, a sneak-peek at the redesigned exterior of the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD pickup, and a new 2016 Mopar custom pickup model - of which only 500 will be made - are just some of the events making news in the light truck market these days. (All photos courtesy of Ford, General Motors, FCA, Toyota, and Honda)

ATA: Truck tonnage increased 2.7% in May

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) said its for-hire truck tonnage index reported a 2.7% gain in May, offsetting a 1.7% drop recorded for April.

Compared with May last year, tonnage is up 5.7% and year-to-date tonnage is up 4%, noted Bob Costello, ATA’s chief economist, in a statement.

State of Logistics: Trucking suffering from rate softness

The 27th annual State of Logistics report confirmed this week something many trucking companies know all too well: freight declined precipitously between the state of 2015 and 2016, by as much as 15% in the case of the dry van sector, partly due to a “flattening” of truck tonnage last year following a 7% gain in 2014.

River Crossing by Army Trucks

When U.S. military trucks need to cross open bodies of water, such as rivers and lakes, they rely on modern-day pontoon bridges known as Improved Ribbon Bridges or “IRBs” – bridges that can also become impromptu motorized ferries if needed. The 200th Engineer Multi-Role Bridge Company recently shuttled tractor-trailers across the Missouri near Chamberlain, SD, as part of the annual Golden Coyote National Guard exercise to show how IRBs work in the real world. (Video courtesy of the U.S. Army Spc. Chenyang Liu)

The insider threat to transportation

Brian Jenkins, director of the transportation safety and security center within the Mineta Transportation Institute, is quick to stress that cargo theft and terrorism are two “vastly different spheres” of concern within the transportation industry.

Yet they can be partially linked by the role insider information plays within criminal and terrorist activity aimed at transportation networks, so it behooves industry executives to be mindful of ways to counteract the insider threat, he explained to Fleet Owner.

A 20,000 mile connected vehicle journey

To demonstrate the potential for in-vehicle satellite antennas to provide the next level of “connectedness” for cars and trucks, Kymeta Corporation and Intelsat S.A. put a Toyota 4Runner on a 20,000 mile road trip across the U.S.

NHTSA study: Collision avoidance systems can reduce crashes

A one-year field study of collision avoidance systems (CAS) conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) has found that collision avoidance systems (CAS) can reduce if not eliminate crashes, with majority of fleet managers participating in the study calling for this technology to become standard equipment in the industry.

Training Multinational Military Truck Drivers

If you think training folks to drive Class 8 tractor-trailers on U.S. highways is a tough chore, try training military personnel from around the world how to operate U.S. Army trucks. The 196th Regiment Regional Training Institute of the South Dakota Army National Guard recently undertook that very mission for British soldiers with the 27th Regiment and the 154th Scottish Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps during its annual Golden Coyote training exercise. (All photos courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Connected Vehicle Conference Part II

A second round of photos from the 16th annual TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 Conference & Exhibition, held last week in Novi, MI, illuminates how suppliers are cleverly packaging light detection and ranging radar or "LIDAR" into headlamp and taillight assembles, with glimpses of other technologies that will change how vehicles will be operated in the future. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr)

Fleets poised to profit from big data

NOVI, MI. Truck OEMs think they can use the “big data” extracted from their products to not only improve efficiency and performance but also help their fleet customers generate more revenue as well.

Connected Vehicle Show News Roundup

NOVI, MI. A variety of “connected vehicle” technologies were on display at the 16th annual TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 Conference & Exhibition, held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, located on the outer fringes of the Motor City.

Connected Vehicle Conference in Detroit

The 16th annual TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 Conference & Exhibition, held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, on the fringes of the Motor City, showcased the latest developments in telematics, big data, and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Presentations during the annual event also delved into the ramifications for fleet operations from those developments, including how human drivers will be affected. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Prime Inc. tractor trailer with aerodynamic fairings
Fleet Perspective: Finding the right mix

When it comes to figuring out how to benefit from the fuel economy improvements purportedly being offered by greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations, fleets are finding that a lot of hard-to-calculate factors are involved, especially in terms of driver behavior.

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