Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en It’s not the size of the dog in the fight … http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-size-dog-fight <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/study-biggest-trucking-firms-outsource-over-42-their-freight">this study</a> got a lot of folks talking last month: about <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/big-data-delivers-payback-small-fleets-too">small motor carriers</a> and the often unacknowledged outsized role they perform in trucking, even as many <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/are-small-carriers-facing-extinction">predict their extinction</a>; about whether true <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/fleets-racing-align-shipper-needs">freight visib</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-size-dog-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-size-dog-fight#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:51:00 +0000 194681 at http://fleetowner.com The bumpy road trucking must travel http://fleetowner.com/blog/bumpy-road-trucking-must-travel <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s getting ugly out there in the freight markets and unfortunately may get uglier still for trucking before better times return &ndash; perhaps an indication that <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/glass-half-full-or-half-empty-trucking">the glass will be half empty</a> for motor carriers at least in the near term.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/bumpy-road-trucking-must-travel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/bumpy-road-trucking-must-travel#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:36:00 +0000 194591 at http://fleetowner.com Is the glass half-full or half-empty for trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/glass-half-full-or-half-empty-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>You&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking that up is down and down is up in this topsy-turvy trucking market of late.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/glass-half-full-or-half-empty-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/glass-half-full-or-half-empty-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:29:00 +0000 194381 at http://fleetowner.com Escaping the tyranny of technology … with technology? http://fleetowner.com/blog/escaping-tyranny-technology-technology <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a strange concept: using technology to remove people&rsquo;s addiction to technology, especially when they drive.</p> <p>Huh?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/escaping-tyranny-technology-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/escaping-tyranny-technology-technology#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:07:00 +0000 194261 at http://fleetowner.com Restoring a car once touched by evil http://fleetowner.com/blog/restoring-car-once-touched-evil <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a conundrum. Say you accidently stumble upon one of the rarest automobiles ever built &ndash; in this case a 1938 Mercedes-Benz cabriolet type B model 320. Only 34 of these cars were ever built and it is the only one manufactured at the Mannheim Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim, Germany; a factory later bombed out of existence by Allied aircraft during World War II.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/restoring-car-once-touched-evil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/restoring-car-once-touched-evil#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000 194141 at http://fleetowner.com Data breaches: It’s a $4 million per incident problem now http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-breaches-it-s-4-million-incident-problem-now-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve discussed the cybersecurity threats facing the U.S. business community more than a few times in this space &ndash; go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/report-card-global-cyber-security-isn-t-good">here</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/inside-job-and-information-security">here</a> for just two examples &ndash; as well as the direct threat hacking poses to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/data-lockdown">trucking companies</a>, as <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/battling-hack-one-fleet-s-story">this story</a> aptly describes.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-breaches-it-s-4-million-incident-problem-now-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-breaches-it-s-4-million-incident-problem-now-0#comments News Trucks at Work Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:49:00 +0000 194041 at http://fleetowner.com Data breaches: it’s a $4 million per incident problem now http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-breaches-it-s-4-million-incident-problem-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve discussed the cybersecurity threats facing the U.S. business community more than a few times in this space &ndash; go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/report-card-global-cyber-security-isn-t-good">here</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/inside-job-and-information-security">here</a> for just two examples &ndash; as well as the direct threat hacking poses to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/data-lockdown">trucking companies</a>, as <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/battling-hack-one-fleet-s-story">this story</a> aptly describes.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-breaches-it-s-4-million-incident-problem-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-breaches-it-s-4-million-incident-problem-now#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:42:00 +0000 194031 at http://fleetowner.com The jobs outlook is stable … for now http://fleetowner.com/blog/jobs-outlook-stable-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>When we get down to the brass tacks, job creation is one the biggest underlying concerns regarding any sort of economic forecast. At the end of the day, that&rsquo;s what really matters most, for good jobs are what allow American families to prosper &ndash; and that &ldquo;prosperity&rdquo; in turn drives the U.S. economy, as <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-consumer-spending-jumps-1-in-april-1464697915">right around 70% of it</a> is made up of consumer spending.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/jobs-outlook-stable-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/jobs-outlook-stable-now#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:18:00 +0000 193861 at http://fleetowner.com Of thinking machines and transportation http://fleetowner.com/blog/thinking-machines-and-transportation <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The whole idea of developing machines that can think is incredibly unnerving to me; perhaps unsurprising, since <em><u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHz95RYUbik">The Terminator</a></u></em> remains a favorite film from my high school years.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/thinking-machines-and-transportation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/thinking-machines-and-transportation#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:13:00 +0000 193701 at http://fleetowner.com Of data, computation, and transportation http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-computation-and-transportation <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I listened to a great presentation by <strong>Will Hickie</strong> yesterday, the chief data scientist for <a href="http://lixar.com/lixar-blog/">Lixar</a>, a firm that specializes in database management, e-commerce, and a host of other information-related services.</p> <p>For starters, he hates the term &ldquo;data scientists&rdquo; because Hickie believes it only loosely describes what he and others in the field actually do &ndash; which is work with complex algorithms to find, in his words, &ldquo;predictable outcomes.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-computation-and-transportation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-computation-and-transportation#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:16:00 +0000 193521 at http://fleetowner.com Electricity for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/electricity-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>For a long while, I&rsquo;ve harbored big doubts about the ability of all-electric powertrains to deliver the beefy muscle necessary to get commercial trucks through their workday.</p> <p>Now I&rsquo;m not so sure.</p> <p>For example, take the <a href="http://www.wrightspeed.com/">Wrightspeed Route 1000</a> powertrain now being tested by <a href="http://www.macktrucks.com/">Mack Trucks</a> on one of its LR refuse models.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/electricity-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/electricity-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:34:00 +0000 193381 at http://fleetowner.com Flexible truck maintenance takes root in Europe http://fleetowner.com/blog/flexible-truck-maintenance-takes-root-europe <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s one of the many &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/v2v-and-v2i-holy-grail-vehicular-safety">holy grails</a>&rdquo; being sought after in trucking, right up there with <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/breaking-10-mpg-barrier">maximizing fuel economy</a>: pulling a truck off the road for service only when needed, which is something often referred to as <a href="http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/aiming-condition-based-maintenance">condition-based maintenance</a> or <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/future-now-predictive-maintenance-says-telematics-company">predicti</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/flexible-truck-maintenance-takes-root-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/flexible-truck-maintenance-takes-root-europe#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:53:00 +0000 193261 at http://fleetowner.com The Golden State still tops for vehicle theft rate http://fleetowner.com/blog/golden-state-still-tops-vehicle-theft-rate <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>This really shouldn&rsquo;t surprise anyone: according to analysis by the <a href="http://www.nicb.org/">National Insurance Crime Bureau</a> (NICB), California was home to eight of the top 10 hot spots for vehicle theft in 2015.</p> <p>On top of that, the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for the city of Modesto, CA, had the nation&rsquo;s highest per capita vehicle theft rate in last year as well.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/golden-state-still-tops-vehicle-theft-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/golden-state-still-tops-vehicle-theft-rate#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:43:00 +0000 193011 at http://fleetowner.com Making truck tires from … dandelions? http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-truck-tires-dandelions <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>To most folks, the dandelion is nothing but a weed &ndash; and a particularly annoying one at that. Heck, I spend much of the spring digging the dang things up out of my yard to little avail; year after year, they survive blistering summer heat waves, torrential rains, and frigid winters to return in ever greater numbers. If left alone, they&rsquo;d consume what little green space I&rsquo;ve got.</p> <p>That makes them the perfect source material for light truck tires, apparently.</p> <p>Huh? Say again?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-truck-tires-dandelions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-truck-tires-dandelions#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:31:00 +0000 192881 at http://fleetowner.com Shoring up trucking’s cyber defenses http://fleetowner.com/blog/shoring-trucking-s-cyber-defenses <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I know, I know; I&rsquo;ve been walking the information technology (IT) beat for a while now (<em>go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-key-happiness-work">here</a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-data-still-stuck-neutral-it-seems">here</a>, and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/are-government-regulators-ready-handle-more-data">here</a> to see what I mean</em>) but as trucking continues to become a more <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/telematics-clever-fleets-are-innovating">data-driven and &ldquo;digitized&rdquo; enterprise</a>, the issue of &ldquo;<a href=</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/shoring-trucking-s-cyber-defenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/shoring-trucking-s-cyber-defenses#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:03:00 +0000 192831 at http://fleetowner.com