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.

Mack introduces Load Logic and 6x2 pusher axle at MATS

LOUISVILLE, KY. Mack Trucks is offering a new “Load Logic” function for its mDrive automated manual transmission (AMT) and a 6x2 liftable pusher axle option for its Pinnacle highway tractor as part of its ongoing effort to improve component integration for its products, highway and vocational alike.

The future of the self-driving truck

LOUISVILLE, KY. Is the self-driving truck the “flying car” of the 21st century – a much-talked about but ultimately unrealized development – or is it a true near-term technological breakthrough that will transform the global trucking industry?

Jim Mele, editor-in-chief for Fleet Owner magazine, led a panel discussion regarding that topic during the Fleet Forum sessions held at this year’s Mid America Trucking Show.

The panel included:

Forecasts keep trucking on healthy footing

LOUISVILLE, KY. Freight analysts, truck manufacturers and suppliers continue to think trucking remains on healthy footing, with steady tonnage and rising freight rates keeping truck sales strong for the remainder of the year.

“Our data suggests freight demand remains healthy; steady growth but flattening out now, with modest 3% to 4% growth in freight for 2015,” noted Eric Starks, president of research firm FTR Transportation Intelligence, during a Fleet Forum presentation at the Mid America Trucking Show.

MATS 2015 Day 1

Though the first day of the annual Mid America Trucking Show is open only to the media and other VIPs, all sorts of trucks and related equipment are already prepped for display.

Kenworth: new mid-roof sleeper and limited edition tractor

LOUISVILLE, KY. Two items top the list of Kenworth Truck Co.’s product introductions here at this year’s Mid America Trucking Show (MATS): a new 76-in. mid-roof sleeper package for the OEM’s T680 and T880 models, due to go into full production this fall, and the limited edition ICON 900 based off the company’s W900L tractor.

Cummins' 2015 MATS press event

Cummins Inc.  traditionally holds the "lead off" press conference at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS). This year, the diesel engine maker showed off a variety of new endeavors, including a sneak peak at its new 2017 model ISX15 heavy-duty engine platform, a new "single-module" aftertreatment system, and its new ADEPT engine control system; technology capable of delivering a 3% boost in fuel economy.

Greater efficiency the new mantra for Cummins

LOUISVILLE, KY. The trucking industry is going through what Dave Crompton, president of the Cummins Engine Business division at Cummins Inc., called a “new transition” here during a press conference ahead of this year’s Mid America Trucking Show – one that will place more emphasis on overall engine efficiency as opposed to just fuel economy improvements or exhaust emission reductions alone.

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