Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Safety may be the key to autonomous vehicles http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-may-be-key-autonomous-vehicles <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new survey put together by the <a href="http://engineering.cmu.edu/">College of Engineering</a> at <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/index.shtml">Carnegie Mellon University</a> finds that improvements to driver safety may be the key to broader acceptance of autonomous or &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/self-driving-trucks">self-driving</a>&rdquo; vehicle technology.</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/safety-may-be-key-autonomous-vehicles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-may-be-key-autonomous-vehicles#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:24:00 +0000 148981 at http://fleetowner.com Shippers take SmartWay seriously http://fleetowner.com/blog/shippers-take-smartway-seriously <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve heard more than a bit of grumbling about the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s</a> (EPA) <a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/smartway-s-global-impact">SmartWay program</a> from time to time, often from truck owners who question whether there&rsquo;s truly a direct connection between the program&rsquo;s voluntary standards and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/marketing-low-rolling-resistance">monetary savings supposedly gained</a> from fuel efficiency improvements those standards aim to generate.<img alt="" src="/site-files/</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/shippers-take-smartway-seriously" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/shippers-take-smartway-seriously#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:02:00 +0000 148931 at http://fleetowner.com To drive or not to drive … http://fleetowner.com/blog/drive-or-not-drive <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s an interesting question with apparently two very different answers: does the &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/viewpoint-generation-y">Millennial Generation</a>&rdquo; still want to drive vehicles or not? Well the answer is apparently both yes and no, if the results of two recent studies are to be believed.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/Driving1.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/drive-or-not-drive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/drive-or-not-drive#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:11:00 +0000 148501 at http://fleetowner.com Construction boom could help and hinder trucking over time http://fleetowner.com/blog/construction-boom-could-help-and-hinder-trucking-over-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new survey of 900 construction firms across 48 states and the District of Columbia by the <a href="http://www.agc.org/">Associated General Contractors of America</a> (AGC) finds that 80% of them plan to expand their payrolls this year while only 7% expect to reduce headcounts &ndash; an indication, the trade group believes, that an increase in construction activity lays just around the economic bend.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/Dirt.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/construction-boom-could-help-and-hinder-trucking-over-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/construction-boom-could-help-and-hinder-trucking-over-time#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:04:00 +0000 148281 at http://fleetowner.com Low oil prices: is it different this time? http://fleetowner.com/blog/low-oil-prices-it-different-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Funny thing about that old saying &ldquo;the more things change, the more they stay the same&rdquo; when tagged to the recent global oil price crash and resultant fuel price decline in the U.S.: We&rsquo;ve definitely been here before.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/fuel3.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>And it wasn&rsquo;t too long ago, either.</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/low-oil-prices-it-different-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/low-oil-prices-it-different-time#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:17:00 +0000 148071 at http://fleetowner.com A bad moon always seems near to rise http://fleetowner.com/blog/bad-moon-always-seems-near-rise <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><em>I see the bad moon rising</em></p> <p><em>I see trouble on the way</em></p> <p><em>I see earthquakes and lightnin&#39;</em></p> <p><em>I see bad times today</em></p> <p>&ndash;From &ldquo;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUQiUFZ5RDw">Bad Moon Rising</a>&rdquo; by <strong>Creedence Clearwater Revival</strong> (CCR)</p> <p>Trucking is a business that often skates on some very thin ice at times &ndash; literally so <a href="http://youtu.be/17aUXZOQ1zg">during the winter months</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/bad-moon-always-seems-near-rise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/bad-moon-always-seems-near-rise#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:59:00 +0000 147761 at http://fleetowner.com Light truck reconfiguring continues http://fleetowner.com/blog/light-truck-reconfiguring-continues <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>We&rsquo;ve all heard the old saw &ldquo;Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.&rdquo; [<em>And although that phrase is attributed to the great writer <strong>Ralph Waldo Emerson</strong>, in reality, that&rsquo;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Build_a_better_mousetrap,_and_the_world_will_beat_a_path_to_your_door">not quite what he said</a></em>.]<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/RedFord.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; 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/light-truck-reconfiguring-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/light-truck-reconfiguring-continues#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:07:00 +0000 147641 at http://fleetowner.com What will keep light vehicle sales booming? http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-will-keep-light-vehicle-sales-booming <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s hard not to be impressed with the pace of light vehicle sales of late.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/GMplant1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Indeed, just last month <strong>Jeff Schuster</strong>, senior VP of forecasting at global research firm <a href="http://www.lmc-auto.com/">LMC Automotive</a>, noted that his company increased its total light-vehicle sales forecast for 2015 to 17.0 million units, up from 16.8 million previously, based on strong economic indicators.</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-will-keep-light-vehicle-sales-booming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-will-keep-light-vehicle-sales-booming#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:39:00 +0000 147501 at http://fleetowner.com New highway improvement shop hangs out its shingle http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-highway-improvement-shop-hangs-out-its-shingle <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new &ldquo;one stop shop&rdquo; opened its digital doors this week to help state highway officials and others build better roads at lower cost, find ways to reduce traffic congestion, and beef up roadway safety.</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-highway-improvement-shop-hangs-out-its-shingle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-highway-improvement-shop-hangs-out-its-shingle#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:12:00 +0000 147291 at http://fleetowner.com Putting it on autopilot on the highway http://fleetowner.com/blog/putting-it-autopilot-highway <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>To show off the capabilities of its &ldquo;piloted driving concept&rdquo; vehicle [<em>that&rsquo;s a longer-winded way of saying &ldquo;driverless car&rdquo;</em>] at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), <a href="http://www.audiusa.com/">Audi</a> sent a select group of journalists (<em>which didn&rsquo;t include me, sad to say</em>) on a 560-mile test drive from Silicon Valley, CA, to Las Vegas, NV, where CES held its annual gathering this year.</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/putting-it-autopilot-highway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/putting-it-autopilot-highway#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:49:00 +0000 147171 at http://fleetowner.com Driverless vehicles are here … and getting weird http://fleetowner.com/blog/driverless-vehicles-are-here-and-getting-weird <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Not to be a curmudgeonly cynic here (<em>though, sadly, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/ill-keep-my-steering-wheel-thank-you-very-much">I often am</a></em>) but I just can&rsquo;t get my head wrapped around the idea of driverless vehicles &ndash; though, from the looks of things, I better get with it fast because they are popping up all over the place.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/MercedesF015j.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px; 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/driverless-vehicles-are-here-and-getting-weird" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/driverless-vehicles-are-here-and-getting-weird#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:14:00 +0000 146851 at http://fleetowner.com Abandoning the Northeast http://fleetowner.com/blog/abandoning-northeast <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One thing can be said for truckers about studies regarding where folks are moving to &ndash; and away from &ndash; in the U.S.; it&rsquo;ll help tell you where future freight demand will come from.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/UnitedStudyMap.jpg" style="width: 370px; height: 286px; 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/abandoning-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/abandoning-northeast#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:50:00 +0000 146771 at http://fleetowner.com The “not” list for 2015 http://fleetowner.com/blog/not-list-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>John Larkin</strong>, managing director &amp; head of transportation capital markets research for Wall Street investment firm <a href="http://www.stifel.com/">Stifel Nicolaus &amp; Co.</a>, is never one to provide half-hearted prognostications where the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-expert-shares-his-views">freight industry</a> is concerned &ndash; especially regarding the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/stifels-larkin-driver-shortage-and-will-stay-trucking-s-top-challenge">ongoing truck driver shortage</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/fi</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/not-list-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/not-list-2015#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:18:00 +0000 146581 at http://fleetowner.com Technology remains no easy thing http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-remains-no-easy-thing <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s another entry into the &ldquo;unsurprising&rdquo; category: a new report from global consulting firm Accenture &ndash; entitled <a href="http://www.accenture.com/us-en/Pages/insight-engaging-digital-consumer-new-connected-world.aspx">Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New Connected World</a> &ndash; finds that everyday users are finding it increasingly &ldquo;challenging&rdquo; to figure out how to use smart devices such as iPhones and tablet computers these days, accompanied with a big spike in &ldquo;digital distrust&rdquo; when it comes to data security.<img alt="" src="/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/technology-remains-no-easy-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-remains-no-easy-thing#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:33:00 +0000 146461 at http://fleetowner.com Prepping for generational change http://fleetowner.com/blog/prepping-generational-change <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I&rsquo;ve been clicking through <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co.&rsquo;s third annual &ldquo;micro trends&rdquo; analysis report compiled by <strong>Sheryl Connelly</strong>, head of global consumer trends and futuring at the automaker, to get a glimpse of some of the impending &ldquo;generation changes&rdquo; being teed up for our country and the world overall.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/01/HighwayRain.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/prepping-generational-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/prepping-generational-change#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:16:00 +0000 146361 at http://fleetowner.com