Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Raptor racing time http://fleetowner.com/blog/raptor-racing-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Rough-and-tumble off-road racing is one method vehicle manufacturers use to demonstrate the capabilities of their light truck models, and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co. is no exception.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2016/02/FordRaptor2017a.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; 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/raptor-racing-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/raptor-racing-time#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:36:00 +0000 182931 at http://fleetowner.com Truck stunts and the supercharging of truck marketing efforts http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-stunts-and-supercharging-truck-marketing-efforts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A couple of years ago I found myself scrolling through an interesting analysis of future global truck trends projected out to 2020 penned by some of the experts at the quirkily-named <a href="http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/global/home/who_we_are/introducing">Strategy&amp;</a>, a unit within global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).</p> <p>(<em>You can read that analysis <a href="http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/reports/truck-industry-2020">here </a>by the way</em>)</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/truck-stunts-and-supercharging-truck-marketing-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-stunts-and-supercharging-truck-marketing-efforts#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:14:00 +0000 182821 at http://fleetowner.com Few seem ready for the digital business transition http://fleetowner.com/blog/few-seem-ready-digital-business-transition <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/25/china-taobao-ecommerce-alibaba-rural-china">wonderful wonders</a> of the &ldquo;digital economy&rdquo; continue to be touted far and wide &ndash; though not without <a href="http://dontapscott.com/2015/01/the-digital-economy-at-davos/">some significant worries as well</a> &ndash; it seems the &ldquo;vast majority&rdquo; of so-called &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; companies are prepared to take advantage of this shift.</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/few-seem-ready-digital-business-transition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/few-seem-ready-digital-business-transition#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:42:00 +0000 182661 at http://fleetowner.com The quest to find more fuel efficiency http://fleetowner.com/blog/quest-find-more-fuel-efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It may seem more than a little ironic to be searching out more methods for improving the fuel efficiency of commercial trucks at a time of record-lower fuel prices. But that&rsquo;s exactly what the <a href="http://nacfe.org/">North American Council for Freight Efficiency</a> (NACFE) is up to &ndash; with plans to kick such efforts into overdrive later 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/quest-find-more-fuel-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/quest-find-more-fuel-efficiency#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:59:00 +0000 182561 at http://fleetowner.com Imagine that: People are critical for digital success http://fleetowner.com/blog/imagine-people-are-critical-digital-success <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A lot of folks fear that the increasing &ldquo;digitization&rdquo; of so many sectors of the U.S. economy &ndash; and that includes trucking &ndash; means that the need for people will quickly go by the wayside.</p> <p>In sum: computers replace humans. End of story.</p> <p>Yet that might be the wrong conclusion, if the results of a recent survey by global consulting firm <a href="http://www.accenture.com/">Accenture</a> are to be believed.</p> <p></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/imagine-people-are-critical-digital-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/imagine-people-are-critical-digital-success#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:44:00 +0000 182441 at http://fleetowner.com Hard work is still at the heart of it all http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-work-still-heart-it-all <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If you pilot big rigs to make a living, you know what &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-find-hard-keep">hard work</a>&rdquo; is all about, for a 14 hour work day, with 10 hours set aside for driving, is nowhere near easy street, especially when dealing with <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/aftermath-jonas">treacherous winter weather</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/hard-work-still-heart-it-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-work-still-heart-it-all#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:03:00 +0000 182351 at http://fleetowner.com The 94% number http://fleetowner.com/blog/94-number <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So last week, before <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/aftermath-jonas">Winter Storm Jonas</a> paid the East Coast a visit, I dropped down to the <a href="http://www.washingtonautoshow.com/">Washington Auto Show</a> (<em>you can view some photo galleries from that event <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/unusual-sights-washington-auto-show#slide-0-field_images-182111">here</a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/gm-puts-pickups-and-vans-display#slide-0-field_images-182041">here</a>, and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/look-forward-and-backward-toyota#slide-0-field_i</em></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/94-number" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/94-number#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:49:00 +0000 182131 at http://fleetowner.com Battling through a blizzard http://fleetowner.com/blog/battling-through-blizzard <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Winter Storm Jonas &ndash; a record-breaking blizzard for many parts of the Eastern seaboard &ndash; packed snow drifts several feet high, caused severe coastal flooding, and shut down travel among major East Coast cities for a time.</p> <p><br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0nlWfuoeAgw" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>The snow came fast and furious, falling at a pace of two to three inches per hour in many locales.<br /> First, take a look at the time-lapse impact of Jonas in Northern Virginia:</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/battling-through-blizzard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/battling-through-blizzard#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:01:00 +0000 182081 at http://fleetowner.com Lack of buy-in torpedoing IT plans http://fleetowner.com/blog/lack-buy-torpedoing-it-plans <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new survey of chief information officers (CIOs) by mobile app provider <a href="http://www.popinnow.com">POP</a> pins much of the blame for failed information technology (IT) initiatives on a perhaps not-so-unusual cause: lack of employee &ldquo;buy-in.&rdquo;</p> <p>I say &ldquo;not-so-unusual&rdquo; because I think any trucking company would agree that one of the central struggles when replacing older technology with newer systems &ndash; be they computers or trucks &ndash; is getting front-line workers to accept such a switch.</p> <p></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/lack-buy-torpedoing-it-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/lack-buy-torpedoing-it-plans#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:10:00 +0000 181801 at http://fleetowner.com A look ahead for light trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/look-ahead-light-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So what does the future hold for light trucks?</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/look-ahead-light-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/look-ahead-light-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:13:00 +0000 181621 at http://fleetowner.com Linking public health and transportation http://fleetowner.com/blog/linking-public-health-and-transportation <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the sessions this week at the 95<sup>th</sup> annual meeting of the <a href="http://www.trb.org/Main/Home.aspx">Transportation Research Board</a> (TRB) dealt with what&rsquo;s often become a rather thorny issue where trucking in concerned: the <a href="http://environment.transportation.org/center/products_programs/conference/2015_transportation_and_public_health_peer_exchange.aspx">growing link between public health concerns and transportation planning</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/linking-public-health-and-transportation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/linking-public-health-and-transportation#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:25:00 +0000 181561 at http://fleetowner.com Fitting freight into the urban planning process http://fleetowner.com/blog/fitting-freight-urban-planning-process <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the more interesting discussions that came out of the 95<sup>th</sup> annual meeting of the <a href="http://www.trb.org/Main/Home.aspx">Transportation Research Board</a> (TRB) in Washington D.C. this week centered on how to accommodate freight needs more prominently into city planning processes.</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/fitting-freight-urban-planning-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fitting-freight-urban-planning-process#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:08:00 +0000 181371 at http://fleetowner.com Renault-Nissan planning big self-piloting vehicle push http://fleetowner.com/blog/renault-nissan-planning-big-self-piloting-vehicle-push <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Whether you are a fan of autonomous vehicles (AVs) or not &ndash; and California is certainly <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3055442/fast-feed/california-reveals-how-many-times-humans-had-to-take-over-self-driving-cars-last-y">looking very hard</a> at how such systems perform in the real world &ndash; automakers are keeping their foot on the gas research and development wise where this technology is concerned.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2016/01/Ghosn1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 241px; 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/renault-nissan-planning-big-self-piloting-vehicle-push" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/renault-nissan-planning-big-self-piloting-vehicle-push#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:46:00 +0000 181281 at http://fleetowner.com The vehicle as digital assistant http://fleetowner.com/blog/vehicle-digital-assistant <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Time used to be that we viewed vehicles as a way to transport ourselves as well as a host of goods from point A to point B (<em>and thus sparing potentially <a href="http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-03-15/the-big-shift-last-time-from-horse-dung-to-car-smog">millions of horses</a> from backbreaking work in the process</em>).</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/vehicle-digital-assistant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/vehicle-digital-assistant#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:09:00 +0000 181061 at http://fleetowner.com GM’s Barra: Next decade to bring big automotive changes http://fleetowner.com/blog/gm-s-barra-next-decade-bring-big-automotive-changes <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Typically, the rule of thumb is that trucking technological developments lag about a decade or so behind those of automobiles.</p> <p>Not this time around &ndash; especially where <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/costs-and-benefits-autonomous-vehicles-analyzed">autonomous vehicle</a> development is concerned.</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/gm-s-barra-next-decade-bring-big-automotive-changes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/gm-s-barra-next-decade-bring-big-automotive-changes#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:25:00 +0000 180681 at http://fleetowner.com