Sean Kilcarr

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.

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Will self-driving vehicles struggle for acceptance? 2

Even as the development and testing of self-driving cars and commercial trucks accelerates at a rapid pace – with regulators aiming to help speed up their deployment – there’s growing debate over whether the motoring public and fleets will be accepting of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and, if so, how such acceptance could ultimately alter the shape of future transportation networks.

Trucks, tanks, and more

The National Museum of the Marine Corps - situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, and under the command of the Marine Corps University - not only chronicles the long, storied history of the Leathernecks, but also displays the wide assortment of equipment taken into battle by Marines down through the years; including trucks. (Photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Ford offers new police vehicle options

A special service vehicle package for the 2016 model F-150 pickup alongside a new “stealth” light bar setup are just two of the latest options Ford Motor Co. is rolling out for law enforcement agencies. (All photos courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

EIA: Fuel prices back on an upward march

The national average retail price for both diesel and gasoline increased this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), even as U.S. domestic energy production continues to knock back petroleum imports.

Diesel jumped 3.7 cents this week to a national average of $2.165 per gallon, EIA noted, though that is 61.5 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2015.

Bringing 3D Printing to the Battlefront

Three dimensional or “3D” printing is viewed as both a threat and a boon in many corners of the trucking industry. The U.S. Marine Corps, however, thinks 3D printing could become a key support tool on the battlefield to keep critical equipment – from tanks on down to rifles – functioning.

The quest to create smart trucking capacity

On the outside it seems a contradictory proposition: using data to match the “perfect” shipment to the “perfect” truck allows shippers to cut costs while increasing profits for motor carriers. Yet that is the theory behind “smart capacity” that is driving the technological underpinnings of the “Uber for Freight” movement.

Volvo: SuperTruck program influenced new powertain designs

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) is touting its involvement in the SuperTruck program – and public-private research effort spearheaded by sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – as one of the main reasons its been able to develop more fuel efficient powertrain designs for the 2017 model year.

Visiting Peterbilt’s MX Engine VIP Event

Peterbilt Motors Co. recently held an invitation-only event for 114 customers and dealers at the Texas Motor Speedway racetrack to show off the capabilities of the proprietary Paccar MX-11 and MX-13 engines in a range of truck models. (All photos courtesy of Peterbilt)

How truck dealerships today are different

The Midwest Peterbilt Group, owned by Sioux City-based SCTS, Inc., recently opened a new dealership location in Lincoln, NE; a facility that illustrates how today’s truck dealerships are far different from past iterations, as the new Peterbilt of Lincoln offers customers a lounge, showers, and laundry facilities, along with dedicated service bays for natural gas-powered vehicles. (Photos courtesy of Tom Schoening/Midwest Peterbilt Group)

Fleets racing to align with shipper needs

Many trucking companies are speeding up technology deployment efforts and regulatory compliance initiatives as they discover shippers are making such moves mandatory prerequisites for keeping current freight business and earning more down the line.

Fostering logistics leadership in the military

When freight transportation and logistics companies wonder where their future leaders will come from, they may need to look no further than the U.S. military. A recent overview of the 16th Sustainment Brigade's support of combat-ready units involved in Operation Atlantic Resolve in Eastern Europe provides a bird's eye glimpse of the kinds of "real world" logistical leadership training being provided to U.S. Army NCOs and junior officers alike: negotiating border crossings for convoys and quickly establishing multiple distribution centers in various countries.

KPMG: Here comes the boom in transportation & logistics dealmaking

Mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global transportation and logistics industry is expected to soar past the $73 billion mark this year, according to the latest Transport Tracker compiled by consulting firm KPMG; up roughly $67 billion posted for 2015, which will mark the fourth year of increased M&A activity in this sector.

NAST at Mid America 2016

The National Association of Show Trucks (NAST) came to Mid America this year to talk shop, sell a few T-Shirts, and hand out a few awards; notably to Jeremy Meekhof out of Hamilton, MI, whose top-drawer Western Star won top honors during this year's Truck-Lite Trophy Series contest. (Photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

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