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.

Tackling new cargo theft tactics

Fake trucking companies are but the latest twist to the tactics being used by criminals to steal cargo, according to Scott Cornell, director of the Specialty Investigations Group (SIG) at Travelers Insurance – twists that now include using residential homes to store ill-gotten freight.

FCA's new super-chilled 4x4 dyno test cell

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently spent $2.5 million to upgrade the climatic test cell at its Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) in Auburn Hills, MI, with a new "4x4" dynomometer. The "front dyno" able to handle loads of up to 350 hp while the "rear dyno" can manage up to 650 hp. The cell also received a "significant upgrade" in ductwork and exhaust capabilities to handle high-output engines such as the 2016 Ram 2500’s 6.7-liter Cummins diesel.

GM rolls out two new specialty 2016 Colorado pickup models

General Motors recently unveiled two new “specialty” versions of its 2016 model Chevrolet Colorado: the Midnight Edition and Z71 Trail Boss. Available this fall, the two models feature what GM calls “distinctly tailored appearances” that blend “custom design cues” with Colorado options and accessories. All photos courtesy of GM.

More virtual testing may help tackle GHG goals

As an array of commercial vehicle manufacturers begin to focus on how to comply with the Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandates, more “virtual testing” of truck and trailer designs is expected to be deployed to reach the required fuel economy goals within the rules.

Caterpillar to build trucks on its own

It’s the beginning of the end for the nearly six-year truck-building partnership between Caterpillar Inc. and Navistar, as the heavy equipment maker expects to start building vocational trucks on its own beginning next year.

A glimpse inside GM's new active safety test area

General Motors recently opened a new $14 million 52-acre Active Safety Test Area at its Milford proving grounds outside Detroit, MI, where it will test new technology as well as conduct regulatory and insurance industry consumer metric tests, such as those orchestrated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and others. All photos courtesy of GM.

Diabetes in trucking: Three things you need to know

Tom Milam, CEO of health care provider TrueLifeCare, will tell you that there are three things motor carriers and their drivers need to know about diabetes and how it impacts the trucking industry:

Using technology to downgrade crash severity

Fred Andersky will tell you that one of the overarching goals of safety systems today – from electronic stability control (ESC) to collision mitigation technology – is not only to prevent vehicle crashes but to “downgrade” the crashes that do occur, not only potentially saving lives but

Safety Testing with Bendix and UPS

United Parcel Service and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems joined forces recently at a race track in Norwalk, OH, to demonstrate a slew of truck safety systems, from electronic stability control (ESC) to collision mitigation technology.

Testing collision mitigation technology

United Parcel Service and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recently held a demonstration event at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH, to show off the capabilities of various collision mitigation and safety technologies the parcel carrier is incorporating on all of its new Class 8 tractors from here on out - including the 2,600 units UPS is adding in 2015 alone. Bendix also demonstrated its latest collision mitigation system, Wingman Fusion, at the event; a system UPS is currently evaluating but not spec'ing at this time.

UPS makes collision mitigation mandatory for all its new tractors

NORWALK, OH. After a nearly two-year research process, United Parcel Service is making collision mitigation technology a standard feature on every new Class 8 tractor it orders from this point forward – including the 2,600 units ordered and expected to be deployed by the parcel carrier this year.

Looking over the 2016 F-150 Limited

Ford Motor Co.'s new 2016 F-150 Limited model offers a range of new features as standard equipment for "high-end" pickup truck customers, with its technology package including a lane-keeping system, BLIS with cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree camera system and dynamic trailer hitch assist. All photos courtesy of Ford.

Ford unveils 2016 F-150 Limited pickup

A “new level of luxury” is how Ford Motor Co. is summing up the 2016 version of its F-150 Limited pickup line, which goes on sale this winter; setting what Raj Nair, Ford’s group VP for global product development calls “a new bar” for what customers should expect in a “high-end” truck.

“We’re adding segment-exclusive technology and features that improve productivity, convenience and capability with distinctive style,” Nair said in a statement.

Analysts forecast Navistar's future

The impact of the potential lawsuit announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week against truck and engine maker Navistar over its use of “non-compliant” engines in its 2010-model trucks – engines that did not meet the agency’s exhaust emission standards – is really going to depend on just how big a fine EPA inflicts on the OEM.

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