Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Looking back to look forward http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-back-look-forward <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In something of an interesting aside to the marketing promotions surrounding the new <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/chevy-s-city-express-van-now-way-dealers">Chevrolet Express Van</a>, General Motors provided a glimpse back into the history of such light commercial vehicles and especially the critical role they then played in urban communities.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-back-look-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-back-look-forward#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:32:00 +0000 157281 at http://fleetowner.com Divining the daily driving habits of motorists http://fleetowner.com/blog/divining-daily-driving-habits-motorists <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Truck drivers and their fleets alike must always wonder about the four-wheelers they deal with on America&rsquo;s crowded roadways every day, such as: How many miles do they drive every day? Do four-wheelers drive more during the week or on the weekend? And can vehicle type &ndash; pickup, SUV, midsize sedan &ndash; tell me something about the person behind the wheel?<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/DrivingHabit1.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/divining-daily-driving-habits-motorists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/divining-daily-driving-habits-motorists#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:25:00 +0000 157171 at http://fleetowner.com Old tactics keep wreaking cyber havoc http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-tactics-keep-wreaking-cyber-havoc <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s the odd thing I discerned while thumbing through the <a href="http://vz.to/dbirinfo" target="_blank">2015 Data Breach Investigations Report</a> issued by Verizon Enterprise Solutions this week: despite a rising level of cyberattack &ldquo;sophistication,&rdquo; cyber criminals in the main still rely on decades-old techniques such as phishing and hacking to conduct their nefarious electronic deeds.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/Cybersecurity.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-tactics-keep-wreaking-cyber-havoc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-tactics-keep-wreaking-cyber-havoc#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:30:00 +0000 157081 at http://fleetowner.com Digitizing crash tests http://fleetowner.com/blog/digitizing-crash-tests <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Vehicles large and small all undergo <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/seeking-more-crash-insight">physical crash tests</a> as part of their development process &ndash; though some feel such testing, where light vehicles are concerned, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-crash-test-aims-boost-light-vehicle-safety">needs serious upgrading</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/DigitalCrash3.jpeg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/digitizing-crash-tests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/digitizing-crash-tests#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:56:00 +0000 156961 at http://fleetowner.com Tracking summer fuel consumption trends http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-summer-fuel-consumption-trends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So, according to analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), distillate consumption in the U.S. &ndash; the raw &ldquo;feedstock&rdquo; from which diesel fuel is made &ndash; is going to increase this summer, with the same trend ex<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/Coffee4.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />pected for gasoline as well.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-summer-fuel-consumption-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-summer-fuel-consumption-trends#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:35:00 +0000 156891 at http://fleetowner.com What’s really driving driver turnover http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-s-really-driving-driver-turnover <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A survey conducted by <a href="http://www.tmwsystems.com/">TMW Systems</a> last year turned up some surprising trend data about what&rsquo;s really driving driver turnover &ndash; and it&rsquo;s not always about wages.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/TrucksParked2.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-s-really-driving-driver-turnover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-s-really-driving-driver-turnover#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:56:00 +0000 156761 at http://fleetowner.com Simulating the dangers of distracted driving http://fleetowner.com/blog/simulating-dangers-distracted-driving <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate Insurance Co.</a> is putting its unique driving simulator on the road again this year to help highlight the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/distracted-driving-one-thing-time">dangers of distracted driving</a> to the motoring public &ndash; particularly to teenaged drivers.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/AllstateRide1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 453px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/simulating-dangers-distracted-driving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/simulating-dangers-distracted-driving#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:04:00 +0000 156591 at http://fleetowner.com Could the NP300 become the new Frontier in the U.S.? http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-np300-become-new-frontier-us <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>This week, the <a href="http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/COMPANY/PROFILE/ALLIANCE/RENAULT01/index.html">Renault-Nissan Alliance</a> and Germany&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.daimler.com/">Daimler AG</a> announced the development of a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/oems-collaborating-new-global-pickup-truck-platform">new Mercedes-Benz pickup truck</a>, based off Nissan&rsquo;s new NP300 platform built for almost every global market except North America.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-np300-become-new-frontier-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-np300-become-new-frontier-us#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:12:00 +0000 156291 at http://fleetowner.com Brushing up on batteries http://fleetowner.com/blog/brushing-batteries <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Battery power is one of the critical ingredients to making <a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/hybrid-trucks-remain-vital-part-fleets-green-solutions">hybrid trucks</a> &ndash; much less <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/oems-not-giving-electric-vehicles">all-electric vehicles</a> &ndash; not only operate properly but deliver expected fuel savings as well.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/HybridBus.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 304px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/brushing-batteries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/brushing-batteries#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:08:00 +0000 156191 at http://fleetowner.com New math for logistics? http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-math-logistics <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s something interesting to think about: <a href="http://www.bus.miami.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-directory/management/natarajan/index.html" target="_blank">Hari Natarajan</a>, an associate professor of operations and supply chain management with the University of Miami&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bus.miami.edu/">School of Business Administration</a>, recently introduced what he calls a new &ldquo;price optimization and customized negotiation support model&rdquo; designed to help manufacturers <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/annual-logistics-report-forecasts-</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-math-logistics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-math-logistics#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:33:00 +0000 156021 at http://fleetowner.com Delphi drives coast-to-coast on autopilot http://fleetowner.com/blog/delphi-drives-coast-coast-autopilot <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>This week marked the end of an interesting nine-day, 3,400 mile cross-country trip through 15 states with a self-driving car piloted by autonomous vehicle (AV) technology developed by <a href="http://www.delphi.com/">Delphi Automotive PLC</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/putting-it-autopilot-highway">shown off earlier this year</a> at the annual <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/technology-tomorrow">Consumer Electronics Show (CES)</a>.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/delphi-drives-coast-coast-autopilot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/delphi-drives-coast-coast-autopilot#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:23:00 +0000 156001 at http://fleetowner.com Slashing GHG emissions … via traffic lights? http://fleetowner.com/blog/slashing-ghg-emissions-traffic-lights <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a weird one: researchers with the <a href="http://web.mit.edu/">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a> (MIT) believe that wholesale reprogramming of city traffic signals could play a critical role in cutting greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions from motor vehicles, while also improving transportation efficiency in the bargain.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/slashing-ghg-emissions-traffic-lights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/slashing-ghg-emissions-traffic-lights#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:45:00 +0000 155801 at http://fleetowner.com Tackling near-term regulations, taxes, and tolling efforts http://fleetowner.com/blog/tackling-near-term-regulations-taxes-and-tolling-efforts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Dealing with trucking&rsquo;s many non-operating related costs, such as compliance with regulations, payment of taxes and of course highway tolls, is one often done with grudging acceptance &ndash; with strong emphasis on the &ldquo;grudging&rdquo; part.</p> <p>Like it or not, they are just part of the cost of doing business as a motor carrier, construction fleet, etc.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tackling-near-term-regulations-taxes-and-tolling-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tackling-near-term-regulations-taxes-and-tolling-efforts#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:56:00 +0000 155681 at http://fleetowner.com Even four wheelers keep looking for fuel savings http://fleetowner.com/blog/even-four-wheelers-keep-looking-fuel-savings <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Tire maker <a href="http://bridgestoneamericas.com/">Bridgestone Americas Inc.</a> &ndash; the U.S. subsidiary of Japan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bridgestone.com/">Bridgestone Corp.</a> &ndash; recently unveiled the results of an online poll of 2,000 U.S.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/even-four-wheelers-keep-looking-fuel-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/even-four-wheelers-keep-looking-fuel-savings#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:59:00 +0000 155521 at http://fleetowner.com The next step in smaller diesels http://fleetowner.com/blog/next-step-smaller-diesels <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A lot of interesting stuff gets unveiled at the annual Mid America Trucking Show (MATS), but one of the more interesting things that will make an appear this year is a new small-size four-cylinder 2.8-liter prototype diesel engine developed by <a href="http://www.cummins.com/">Cummins Inc.</a> as part of a four-year joint program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/next-step-smaller-diesels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/next-step-smaller-diesels#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:01:00 +0000 154761 at http://fleetowner.com