Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. en Service innovation may trump product development in trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/service-innovation-may-trump-product-development-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>For time out of mind, trucking has centered on, well, trucks, trailers, and the components that make them roll: <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/paccar-preaches-engines-axles-and-integration">engines</a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/thinking-transmission">transmissions</a>, axles, wheels, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/balancing-tire-costs-ghg-rules">tires</a> &hellip; everything that goes into crafting a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-rigs-big-costs">solid piece of highway iron</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/service-innovation-may-trump-product-development-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/service-innovation-may-trump-product-development-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:01:00 +0000 206661 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Freightliner.</p> It is truck stunt time again! http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-truck-stunt-time-again <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Leave it to <a href="http://www.volvotrucks.com/">Volvo Trucks</a> to come up with a unique and startling way to illustrate the powertrain possibilities of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/thinking-transmission">automated manual transmissions</a> (AMTs) &ndash; specifically in terms of helping a fully-loaded tractor-trailer <a href="http://www.volvotrucks.com/performance">maintain speed</a> while <a href="http://fleetowner.com/powertrain/shifting-fuel-savings">saving fuel</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-truck-stunt-time-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-truck-stunt-time-again#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:32:00 +0000 206541 at http://fleetowner.com Training to slalom heavy trucks while under fire http://fleetowner.com/blog/training-slalom-heavy-trucks-while-under-fire <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Learning to maneuver trucks weighing 18,000-lbs. safely and smoothly is one thing; doing so on uneven gravel roads while getting shot at is something else.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s before the co-drivers get trained on how to quickly get control of the vehicle if the main driver gets wounded.</p> <p>Obviously, we&rsquo;re talking about sharpening the skills of military personnel here; ones tasked with operating a bevy of heavy equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/training-slalom-heavy-trucks-while-under-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/training-slalom-heavy-trucks-while-under-fire#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:27:00 +0000 206381 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Staff Sgt. Jonathan Spencer with the 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron rides in the turret of a BEARCAT during training at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. (<em>U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman</em>)</p> Overtime rule block may benefit trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/overtime-rule-block-may-benefit-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A preliminary injunction issued yesterday in a <a href="https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/retailers-file-suit-block-career-killing-new-overtime-rule">lawsuit</a> filed by the <a href="http://www.nrf.com/">National Retail Federation</a> (NRF), attorney generals from 21 states and 50 business groups back in September blocked impending changes to federal overtime pay rules &ndash; and blocking that rule may benefit trucking as well.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/overtime-rule-block-may-benefit-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/overtime-rule-block-may-benefit-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:36:00 +0000 206301 at http://fleetowner.com The weak link in cybersecurity: Your own workers http://fleetowner.com/blog/weak-link-cybersecurity-your-own-workers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Imagine this: the biggest <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/gauging-growing-cyber-threat-trucking">cyber threat to your trucking company</a> may be due to &ldquo;careless&rdquo; actions by your own employees; an action that allows a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-tactics-keep-wreaking-cyber-havoc">&ldquo;phishing&rdquo; attack</a> to be successful or that inadvertently <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/battling-hack-one-fleet-s-story">opens a hole</a> in a motor carrier&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/hacked-real-threat-trucking">electronic network</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/weak-link-cybersecurity-your-own-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/weak-link-cybersecurity-your-own-workers#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:14:00 +0000 206181 at http://fleetowner.com How much for that connected truck in the window? http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-much-connected-truck-window <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I listened to an interesting presentation by <strong>Dominik Beckman</strong>, director of marketing and dealer operations for <a href="http://www.hino.com/">Hino Trucks</a> at the <a href="http://www.tu-auto.com/fleet/">TU-Automotive Connected Fleets USA</a> conference this week in Atlanta.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-much-connected-truck-window" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-much-connected-truck-window#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:23:00 +0000 206071 at http://fleetowner.com Autonomous trucks: They won’t be driverless http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-trucks-they-won-t-be-driverless <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I sat through several interesting presentations regarding the future of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/autonomous-vehicles-what-fleets-want">autonomous trucks</a> this week at the TU-Automotive <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/connected-fleet-usa-conference-day-1#slide-0-field_images-205931">Connected Fleets USA conference</a> in Atlanta and perhaps the most striking takeaway from those discussions is that while autonomous trucks will be &ldquo;self-driving,&rdquo; they won&rsquo;t truly ever be &ldquo;driverless,&rdquo; as the need for a human operator behind the whee</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-trucks-they-won-t-be-driverless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-trucks-they-won-t-be-driverless#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:32:00 +0000 205951 at http://fleetowner.com ELDs, Trucking, and Trump http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-trucking-and-trump <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Will the incoming Trump administration delay the still-contentious <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/elds-and-converging-dynamics-will-they-alter-truckload-ltl-landscape">electronic logging device</a> (ELD) mandate? That question popped up more than few times here at the <a href="http://www.tu-auto.com/fleet/">TU-Automotive Connected Fleets USA</a> being held this week in Atlanta during conversations among the participants and during panel discussions &ndash; including one moderated by yours truly.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-trucking-and-trump" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-trucking-and-trump#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:12:00 +0000 205861 at http://fleetowner.com Among the “Most Wanted,” a focus on the human factors in transportation safety http://fleetowner.com/blog/among-most-wanted-focus-human-factors-transportation-safety <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/">National Transportation Safety Board</a> (NTSB) released its &ldquo;10 Most Wanted List&rdquo; of desired transportation safety improvements for 2017 and 2018 this week &ndash; a list that that will now be proffered every two years instead of on an annual basis, according to comments made by <strong>Christopher Hart</strong>, the organization&rsquo;s chairman, during a press conference yesterday.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/among-most-wanted-focus-human-factors-transportation-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/among-most-wanted-focus-human-factors-transportation-safety#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:09:00 +0000 205741 at http://fleetowner.com What are the liability risks from a trucking data breach? http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-are-liability-risks-trucking-data-breach <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>With all the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/2017-outlook-some-upside-trump-driver-wage-inflation-concern">risk analysis</a> being conducted in the wake of Donald Trump&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/trump-and-trucking-great-infrastructure-end-nafta">victory in the 2016 U.S.</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-are-liability-risks-trucking-data-breach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-are-liability-risks-trucking-data-breach#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:50:00 +0000 205631 at http://fleetowner.com