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.

Cooking up savings 

Manager: Silas Fuller
Title: Operations manager
Company: Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Operation: Delivering meals to homebound senior citizens and other folks in need via a fleet of 28 vehicles


When you work for a charity organization, every dollar saved from operations is a dollar that can be turned over to provide more services.

Vocational trucks: Spec’d to the max 

One of the more tantalizing prospects in the vocational truck world has been how to craft lightweight specification packages that offer improved fuel economy, more payload capacity, and more driver comfort without sacrificing performance or longevity.  That prospect is being complicated, to a degree, by a range of options that have only recently begun making their way more broadly into the vocational space, options such as automated transmissions, low rolling resistance tires, telematics systems, and alternative fuels, especially where natural gas is concerned.

Self-driving truck: Addressing liability 

If an autonomous or driverless vehicle is involved in a crash, who—or perhaps more precisely what—is held liable?  Fleet managers will have many a sleepless night trying to come up with an answer.

The driverless Mercedes F 015 sedan

Unveiled at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mercedes Benz's F 015 driverless concept vehicle is what the OEM calls "Luxury in Motion," developed  in part to demonstrate how cars are growing beyond their role as mere means of transport to ultimately become what the automaker calls "a private mobile retreating space."

The hunt for drivers will intensify in 2015 3

Figuring out how to find and retain truck drivers is only going to intensify for most carriers this year, according to experts, with many planning bigger wage boosts to aid in that effort.

Global glut of oil pushing down fuel prices

Global oil prices fell sharply in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) as robust global production exceeded demand. That’s also helping U.S. fuel prices remain on a downward slope, the agency noted.

Van market poised for change and growth

Total U.S. light vehicle sales volume remained strong overall in the U.S. at the close of 2014, with more growth expected in 2015, especially where the commercial van market is concerned.

A Ram Van Overview

At a ride and drive event for journalists held in Austin, TX, in late 2014, Bob Hegbloom -- president of the Ram Trucks division of Fiat Chrysler -- described the key attributes new van designs must offer commercial customers.

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