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  • Driver harassment and the ELD mandate   13 weeks 1 day ago    

    ELD's are making the trucking industry unsafe! Along with the current driving rules......... The Wal Mart driver crash was the fault of ELD's and the driving rules........Scrap this to help save drivers and the people around us........Drivers need to be able to rest if they are sleepy without loosing driving hours....Like it use to be when trucking was safe...... before the ATA starting buying Congress to put small fleets and O/O's out of business.

  • Avoiding Collisions   13 weeks 1 day ago    

    The generic use of “Bendix…Wingman” may create some confusion in the market and I wanted to clarify the differences in the Bendix Wingman family of systems for Fleet Owner readers.

    The NTSB report referenced “Bendix Wingman Active Cruise with Braking” or what is also known as the Bendix Wingman ACB system. Bendix Wingman ACB is an adaptive cruise control system which provides active interventions (dethrottling, engaging the engine retarder and applying the brakes) to help a driver maintain a set following distance behind a forward vehicle when the cruise control is engaged and speed is set.

    Bendix Wingman Advanced, a collision mitigation technology, provides both the adaptive cruise control feature of Bendix Wingman ACB, and also provides collision mitigation. In the Bendix Wingman Advanced system, whether cruise control is engaged or not, when the system determines a collision is imminent, the system will alert the driver and provide a brake intervention to help the driver mitigate the collision situation. Bendix Wingman ACB does not provide a collision mitigation feature.

    I’ve had some fleets contact me with concerns that the Bendix Wingman Advanced system only applies the brakes when the driver has cruise control engaged and wanted to make sure we were clear regarding the different Bendix Wingman systems that can be in use at fleets today. If FLEET OWNER readers would like more information about Bendix Wingman ACB, Advanced, and our newest system, Wingman Fusion, please visit

    Of course, the Bendix Wingman systems are driver assistance systems, not driver replacement systems! An alert, safe driver, following safe driving practices, along with comprehensive driver training is not replaced by these technologies.



    Fred Andersky
    Director, Customer Solutions – Controls
    Director, Government & Industry Affairs
    Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC

  • How the Plant-Fueled Trucker Saved His Job and His Life   13 weeks 1 day ago    

    Great article and I am glad to see that it really is possible for a driver to make a change if he / she sets their mind to it.

  • Get ready: traffic congestion poised to go from bad to worse   13 weeks 2 days ago    

    Add to that the block aids that will be caused by speed limiters regular interstates will see a lot more congestion

  • Driver harassment and the ELD mandate   13 weeks 2 days ago    

    Junk the whole thing the whole thing is driver harrasment

  • Driver harassment and the ELD mandate   13 weeks 2 days ago    

    Great article and very useful information. These rules really changes the way many fleet management providers address the market and will likely result in a fair amount of disruption especially among big established vendors.

  • To split or not to split: FMCSA can’t win on waivers   13 weeks 5 days ago    

    I believe that these exemptions or waivers is prove that the FMCSA rules and regulations are failures due to lack of research or the lack of common sense along with the lack of experience within trucking.

  • No record of collision warning in Walmart crash   14 weeks 1 day ago    

    It seems like the real question here is whether the driver violated the HOS rules along with ignoring the work-zone speed limit. Technology can't make a driver who is sleepy or fatigued any more wakeful.

  • The road to the self-driving truck   14 weeks 1 day ago    

    The security issue has not yet been solved - see the
    Scientific American article "Recall Shows That a Hack Attack on Car Controls Is a Credible Threat". A formidable problem, given that hackers can not be prevented from disrupting the internet.

  • It’s your skin in this game   23 weeks 4 days ago    

    The article has really peaks my interest.

  • What’s important when buying a fleet?   24 weeks 1 day ago    

    Very well stated. Whenever buying a business, do your homework and investigate everything. Get help in areas that you are not comfortable. Assess the risks associated with the ownership change. Have a plan. There are thousands of small fleets out there that will change hands.

  • 2016 Silverado pickups to gain prognostic capability   24 weeks 2 days ago    

    The technology coming out in the next few years is awesome! Eventually (when quantum computers are perfected) freight hauling using human drivers will be history. And so, too, will bus/cab drivers, airplane pilots and military personnel in combat arms. Close to retiring now, I'll just sit and watch, amazed that I was one of those who carried a rifle in combat and drove a big truck across the USA and Canada and now I'm part of history.

  • Transport America increases pay for owner operators   24 weeks 2 days ago    

    What are you getting/paying?

  • Transport America increases pay for owner operators   24 weeks 3 days ago    

    Dollar a mile. Really? I must be missing something. Wow Get serious

  • Customer needs drove design of Kalmar Ottawa T2   24 weeks 3 days ago    

    When is the Drone version going to be available?

  • AMTs deliver operational rewards and higher costs.   24 weeks 4 days ago    

    Darry, I've been waiting a long time for someone in the industry media to speak out and say the things you did about automatics in something other than mid-range or vocational trucks where they are proven and preferred. Wait til folks figure out that torque converters are a better way to launch a vehicle and enable comparable or better fuel economy because the system is more efficient than one that interrupts power at every shift (i.e. a manual or an AMT). Thanks for being objective.

  • Diagnosis: drivers bedeviled by inexperience, lack of skills   24 weeks 4 days ago    

    People tend to think of driving a motor vehicle as a "right". Driving is something that all individuals must prove they are capable of doing safely before they are issued a license. So, with that in mind, I suggest that teenagers go through a more intensive training program along with the simulator and hands-on driver training, getting their regular license when (and if) they graduate from high school.

  • Determining Your Tractor Fleet Financing Method   24 weeks 4 days ago    


    Excellent article on the process of determining which way to go.


  • Five Things Your Drivers Don't Know About Roadside Inspections   25 weeks 3 days ago    

    This is excellent advise!!! I would only like to add -
    along with a "tidy cab" a little bit of self respect goes a long way!!!
    If a driver looks like he just rolled out of the bunk and hit the road - makes me look a little closer at hours of service...
    And the comment about not finding anything on the pre-trip --
    Don't try to hide it drivers!!! If you want to play stupid games - we can play! But chances are we will win!!

  • Oge: GHG rules designed as a win-win   25 weeks 4 days ago    

    Being the owner of a Ram 1500 Ecodiesel , it is a great light duty pickup with great towing ability and I get 27 mpg in a full sized four door 4x4 truck ! The little 3.0 V6 has more torque that the 5.7 hemi.

    Now that is a win win. Diesel certainly has an bright future in all vehicle sizes.

  • Peterbilt looks to 2029: Meet the 'highway pilot'   25 weeks 4 days ago    

    Yawn...I remember in the 50s all the scientists and engineers said we would all have flying cars by now

  • Oge: GHG rules designed as a win-win   25 weeks 4 days ago    

    The mind set of the leftists (and Oge is the quintessential leftist) treats "society" as disparate groups (but NEVER as a individuals) that compete against each other. The benevolent (sic) government tries valiantly to reign in the "bad" groups (like truckers) and force them to behave in a manner that helps "society". With friends like Oge, who needs enemies?

  • What’s important when buying a fleet?   25 weeks 4 days ago    

    Paul, I just saw your article today, so the opportunity has probably passed, but I thought I would add my two cents worth anyway. I have financed a number of small trucking companies, and look at it from the perspective of analyzing risk. It's hard to narrow it down to 3-5 things, but at the top of the list, I would be looking at something that is not industry-specific.

    In many small businesses, there are no systems in place, and everything depends on the owner. What are his relationships with his customers? Will they stay if he leaves? What's his reputation as a service provider and employer? Will the drivers stay? Can you keep him engaged after the transition - usually through seller financing or earn-out?

    Specific to the industry, the number one problem my trucking clients face is finding and retaining drivers. How competitive is the compensation package? Any benefits? How often will the driver be home? What's the age and condition of the trucks? Can the buyer survive if he suddenly loses one (or both) of his drivers?

    And then...the buyer. Has he done a business plan, and does he thoroughly understand it? Does he know what the risks are, as well as the opportunities? How will he position his company to stand out from the competition in a crowded field dominated by larger competitors? Are his projections realistic? Are the assumptions logical? Does he have adequate capital? What is his industry experience? Does he have any management experience? Can he recognize his strengths and weaknesses, and bring in appropriate support to shore up his weaknesses?

    SCORE is a great resource. I especially like the templates they have available, and often refer my clients there.

    The SBA 7(a) program works great for financing trucking companies. Find a local bank that is a preferred lender, and not adverse to the trucking industry.

  • Lessons learned   25 weeks 5 days ago    

    Get the ATA behind it they will lobby for it. Next thing you know it will be A law in the name of safety. Then us drivers are stuck with this junk. some tech nerd gets his wallet fat.

  • Bendix offers tips for CVSA Roadcheck 2015   25 weeks 5 days ago    

    WOW! One of the best pieces I've read in a while! And dead-on. This one is getting printed, saved, emailed and distributed. Thanks!

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