Fleet Owner http://fleetowner.com/rss.xml en More freight and more MPGs http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/more-freight-and-more-mpgs <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>This past spring Reuters published an article with the following headline: <em>U.S. Energy Information Administration Projects Diesel Fuel Consumption Increase on Growing Freight Transport Demand</em>.</p> <p>The article stated that U.S. freight movements have been increasing which will boost the consumption of diesel fuel. It also said, &ldquo;The tonnage of freight moved by road, rail, barge, pipeline and air cargo has been increasing year on year since October, after stagnating for much of 2015/16.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/more-freight-and-more-mpgs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/more-freight-and-more-mpgs#comments Fuel Economics IdeaXchange Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:37:00 +0000 226591 at http://fleetowner.com Tucker Tools launches new freight-matching technology http://fleetowner.com/tms/tucker-tools-launches-new-freight-matching-technology <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Trucker Tools is introducing the next evolution in freight matching technology with the <a href="http://www.truckertools.com/home/" target="_blank">launch of cloud-based Smart Capacity</a>, the company announced this week.</p> <p>Smart Capacity is a new cloud-based platform that combines instant carrier-driver connectivity and powerful analytics to continuously aggregate capacity and predict when and where it will become available for third-party brokerage and logistics providers (3PLs).</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/tms/tucker-tools-launches-new-freight-matching-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/tms/tucker-tools-launches-new-freight-matching-technology#comments Telematics TMS News Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:32:00 +0000 226581 at http://fleetowner.com ATA names new legislative affairs leaders http://fleetowner.com/people/ata-names-new-legislative-affairs-leaders <div class="field-deck"> Trucking group announces new vice presidents. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.trucking.org/" target="_blank">American Trucking Assns.</a> hired Ed Gilroy as the federation&rsquo;s new senior vice president of legislative affairs and Jay Lim as vice president of legislative affairs, the group announced on Sept. 18.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/people/ata-names-new-legislative-affairs-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/people/ata-names-new-legislative-affairs-leaders#comments People Government Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:26:00 +0000 226571 at http://fleetowner.com Truckload turnover rate surges in second quarter http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/truckload-turnover-rate-surges-second-quarter <div class="field-deck"> Churn picks up at both small and large fleets, according to ATA’s chief economist. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/ata-driver-turnover-ticks-still-low-levels" target="_blank">turnover rate at truckload carriers</a> surged in the second quarter of the year, a sign that the market for drivers is quickly tightening, according to <a href="http://www.trucking.org/" target="_blank">American Trucking Assns.</a> Chief Economist Bob Costello.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/truckload-turnover-rate-surges-second-quarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/truckload-turnover-rate-surges-second-quarter#comments Operations Economics Driver Management Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:59:00 +0000 226561 at http://fleetowner.com Lightning Systems, New Eagle introduce electric drive system for Ford Transit http://fleetowner.com/emissions/lightning-systems-new-eagle-introduce-electric-drive-system-ford-transit <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Lightning Systems is introducing a fully electric drive system for all variants of the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Transit, including passenger, cargo and cutaway vans as well as chassis cab models. The system was developed in partnership with Ann Arbor, MI-based New Eagle.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/emissions/lightning-systems-new-eagle-introduce-electric-drive-system-ford-transit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/emissions/lightning-systems-new-eagle-introduce-electric-drive-system-ford-transit#comments Trucks Emissions News Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:45:00 +0000 226551 at http://fleetowner.com Lessons learned from this summer's natural disasters http://fleetowner.com/blog/lessons-learned-summers-natural-disasters <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>From Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida, and wildfires in the west, a large portion of the United States has been impacted by natural disasters this summer.</p> <p>Even with the damage from these events estimated at many billions of dollars, it appears things could have been far worse, had there been significant damage to oil refineries or more areas that serve as major freight transportation hubs.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/lessons-learned-summers-natural-disasters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/lessons-learned-summers-natural-disasters#comments The Open Road The Open Road Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:47:00 +0000 226531 at http://fleetowner.com <p>While much of the nation&#39;s attention has been focused on hurricanes, wildfires have burned more than 8 million acres of land across the west coast.&nbsp;<em>(Photo: Oregon DOT)</em></p> ELDs change load planning, freight sales http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/elds-change-load-planning-freight-sales <div class="field-deck"> During McLeod Software’s User Conference, fleets discuss how switching to electronic logging affects the way truck capacity is sold to shippers and how loads are scheduled. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>ATLANTA. When it comes to adopting <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/challenges-ahead-eld-foot-draggers-panel-concludes">electronic logging devices</a> (ELDs), a panel of three fleet executives here at <a href="http://fleetowner.com/telematics/mcleod-software-2017-user-conference#slide-0-field_images-226411">McLeod Software&rsquo;s 2017 User Conference</a> argued that the biggest challenge is not the acceptance and subsequent use of that technology by drivers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/elds-change-load-planning-freight-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/elds-change-load-planning-freight-sales#comments Driver Logs HOS Regulations Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:26:00 +0000 226541 at http://fleetowner.com <p>&ldquo;We had to tell customers when loads could not be legally hauled. We also had to work with customers that demanded firm delivery times but would not provide parking at their site.&rdquo; &mdash;Jerry Harris, Gypsum Express. (<em>Photo: Gypsum Express</em>)</p> McLeod: Tangle of trends is changing trucking http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/mcleod-tangle-trends-changing-trucking <div class="field-deck"> Shifts in freight patterns due to e-commerce and non-compliance with ELD mandate are two big near-term issues, says founder of McLeod Software. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>ATLANTA. Tom McLeod, founder, president, and CEO of <a href="http://www.mcleodsoftware.com/">McLeod Software</a>, is fond of saying that, &ldquo;one of the more immutable laws of the universe is that we reap what we sow.&rdquo And at least from his perspective, motor carriers will need to do an awful lot of reaping based on the amount of change now rapidly occurring in the trucking industry.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/mcleod-tangle-trends-changing-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/mcleod-tangle-trends-changing-trucking#comments Operations Driver Logs Economics Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:20:00 +0000 226521 at http://fleetowner.com <p>According to the numbers McLeod&rsquo;s seen, roughly 15% to 20% of TL sector &ndash; comprised mostly of smaller motor carriers &ndash; has not adopted ELDs yet. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> KeepTruckin and McLeod Software partner http://fleetowner.com/tms/keeptruckin-and-mcleod-software-partner <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="https://keeptruckin.com/" target="_blank">KeepTruckin</a> has integrated with McLeod Software, a transportation management software for carriers, brokers, and shippers.</p> <p>By integrating the KeepTruckin ELD with <a href="http://www.mcleodsoftware.com/" target="_blank">McLeod&rsquo;s TMS platform</a>, fleets can benefit from:</p> <p>&bull; Remaining drive time is accessible within McLeod LoadMaster dispatch to ensure all dispatched loads are FMCSA compliant without accessing multiple systems.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/tms/keeptruckin-and-mcleod-software-partner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/tms/keeptruckin-and-mcleod-software-partner#comments Driver Logs TMS Regulations Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000 226511 at http://fleetowner.com Webinar: Tackling the truck technician shortage http://fleetowner.com/operations/webinar-tackling-truck-technician-shortage <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Nearly 80,000 technicians will be needed in trucking over the coming decade. Will there be enough &ldquo;new blood&rdquo; to fill those slots? Will they have the right skills?</p> <p>Join us for a free Fleet Owner-exclusive webinar on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 2 ET/11 PT. <a href="http://pages.fleetowner.com/Tackling-Truck-Technician-Shortage?partnerref=foinvite2&amp;utm_rid=CPENT000002498839&amp;utm_campaign=14147&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;elq2=62d348e1ed3742a4ab244ce176e856cd" target="_blank">Registration is open</a> for Tackling the Truck Technician Shortage, sponsored by Valvoline.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/operations/webinar-tackling-truck-technician-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/operations/webinar-tackling-truck-technician-shortage#comments Operations Webinars Maintenance News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:04:00 +0000 226501 at http://fleetowner.com TRAC adds apps for road service repairs, chassis booking http://fleetowner.com/tms/trac-adds-apps-road-service-repairs-chassis-booking <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>TRAC Intermodal introduced two new mobile applications that give customers access to <a href="https://www.tracintermodal.com/" target="_blank">emergency road service and online chassis booking</a>: TRAC Interstar&rsquo;s road service app &ldquo;RoadStar&rdquo; and the EZBook 2.0 app.</p> <p>According to the company, the RoadStar app provides motor carriers with real-time visibility and tracking of their emergency road repair requests and provides updates to all parties in the repair chain.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/tms/trac-adds-apps-road-service-repairs-chassis-booking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/tms/trac-adds-apps-road-service-repairs-chassis-booking#comments Telematics TMS Maintenance News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:48:00 +0000 226481 at http://fleetowner.com EROAD integrates with McLeod Software http://fleetowner.com/hos/eroad-integrates-mcleod-software <div class="field-deck"> TMS provider to enable automated Hours of Service updates and location tracking using data from EROAD. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.eroad.com/" target="_blank">EROAD</a> announced real-time truck location and driver&rsquo;s Hours of Service (HOS) data from its ELD solution will be integrated with <a href="http://www.mcleodsoftware.com/" target="_blank">McLeod Software transportation management system&rsquo;s LoadMaster</a> Symphony Mobile Communications and Dispatch modules.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/hos/eroad-integrates-mcleod-software" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/hos/eroad-integrates-mcleod-software#comments Driver Logs HOS Regulations Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:41:00 +0000 226471 at http://fleetowner.com Comdata, AscendTMS provide free TMS to fleet customers http://fleetowner.com/tms/comdata-ascendtms-provide-free-tms-fleet-customers <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>InMotion Global Inc. announced that AscendTMS will be offered to <a href="http://www.thefreetms.com/features/comdata" target="_blank">Comdata fleet customers</a> at no charge.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/tms/comdata-ascendtms-provide-free-tms-fleet-customers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/tms/comdata-ascendtms-provide-free-tms-fleet-customers#comments Telematics TMS News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:31:00 +0000 226461 at http://fleetowner.com Mack Anthem: First drive and a look inside the cab http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-anthem-first-drive-and-look-inside-cab <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>When you get inside and saddle up in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/mack-trucks-0?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Mack Trucks</a></span>' new Anthem highway tractor, the word that may come to mind is "friendly." And then you'll notice how smooth it pulls.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-anthem-first-drive-and-look-inside-cab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-anthem-first-drive-and-look-inside-cab#comments Trucks Fleet Management News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:15:00 +0000 226491 at http://fleetowner.com The fine art of warranty claims negotiation http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/fine-art-warranty-claims-negotiation <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Warranties are pretty straightforward. Something is covered for 5 years/500,000 miles or 2 years/250,000 miles. Simple, right?</p> <p>Perhaps. But what happens when a part fails just after the warranty period? Or if something doesn&rsquo;t perform as advertised as a result of another component failing? That is a gray area and a time when having good information, good recordkeeping and a good maintenance program is invaluable.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/fine-art-warranty-claims-negotiation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/fine-art-warranty-claims-negotiation#comments IdeaXchange Maintenance News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:15:00 +0000 226451 at http://fleetowner.com Medical marijuana and the workplace http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/medical-marijuana-and-workplace <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>More and more states are legalizing medical marijuana so you need to be aware of its impact in the workplace.</p> <p>Marijuana was made illegal at the federal level in 1937. However, since 1996, 28 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana and 15 states have some form of limited medical marijuana use. In addition, some states have also legalized the recreational use of marijuana.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/medical-marijuana-and-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/medical-marijuana-and-workplace#comments IdeaXchange Regulations Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:09:00 +0000 226441 at http://fleetowner.com Keep your mind from 'zoning out' on the road http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/keep-your-mind-zoning-out-road <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>On September 11, truck driver Normand Lavoie was sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of causing the death of three high school boys after he admitted that he &#39;zoned out&#39; while driving through a construction zone in May 2015 and smashing into their stopped car. Lavoie also injured a flagperson who still is not well enough to return to work.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/keep-your-mind-zoning-out-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/keep-your-mind-zoning-out-road#comments Collision Prevention Driver Management News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:53:00 +0000 226431 at http://fleetowner.com <p>The illustration is&nbsp;of the crash involving &quot;zoned-out&quot; truck driver Normand Lavoie, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of killing three high school boys in a crash back in 2015. <em><strong>(Photo: Court of Queen&#39;s Bench in Melfort, Saskatchewan.)&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> WABCO Holdings buys out Meritor WABCO joint venture http://fleetowner.com/economics/wabco-holdings-buys-out-meritor-wabco-joint-venture <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>WABCO Holdings announced it will further expand its operations in the commercial vehicle market in North America by taking full ownership of the <a href="http://www.wabco-auto.com/" target="_blank">Meritor WABCO joint venture</a>.</p> <p>WABCO has signed an agreement to purchase Meritor Inc.&rsquo;s stake in the joint venture business. WABCO&rsquo;s purchase price is $250 million. The transaction is expected to close on Oct. 1, 2017 and immediately prior to closing, Meritor will receive a final closing partnership distribution.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/economics/wabco-holdings-buys-out-meritor-wabco-joint-venture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/economics/wabco-holdings-buys-out-meritor-wabco-joint-venture#comments Economics Collision Prevention Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:35:00 +0000 226421 at http://fleetowner.com McLeod Software 2017 User Conference http://fleetowner.com/telematics/mcleod-software-2017-user-conference <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>McLeod Software trucking customers and technology partners gathered at the George World Congress Center in Atlanta for McLeod&#39;s 2017 user conference, which covered a wide range of critical industry topics, from how truck driver demographics are changing and how that impacts motor carrier recruiting and retention efforts to a discussion of the latest cyber security tactics; a session that features one of the FBI&#39;s top cyber security experts. (<em>All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> </div> http://fleetowner.com/telematics/mcleod-software-2017-user-conference#comments Telematics News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:37:00 +0000 226411 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Love’s buys Speedco http://fleetowner.com/operations/love-s-buys-speedco <div class="field-deck"> The acquisition will add 52 trucking service and lube locations to the Love’s truck stop network. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.loves.com/">Love&rsquo;s Travel Stops &amp; Country Stores</a> has hammered out a deal to purchase Speedco, a national network of service locations that provides quick lube and inspection services to truckers, from tire maker Bridgestone Americas &ndash; a transaction subject to the usual regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, Love&rsquo;s noted.</p> <p>Financial data regarding the deal wasn&rsquo;t disclosed.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/operations/love-s-buys-speedco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/operations/love-s-buys-speedco#comments Operations News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:48:00 +0000 226401 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Since 2007, Speedco &ndash; a 25-year old brand &ndash; has operated as a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas. (<em>Photo: Speedco</em>)</p> Trimble acquires 10-4 Systems http://fleetowner.com/telematics/trimble-acquires-10-4-systems <div class="field-deck"> Acquisition to bring multimodal shipment visibility solutions and small-carrier TMS platform to Trimble. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.trimble.com/" target="_blank">Trimble</a> announced it has acquired privately held <a href="http://www.10-4.com/" target="_blank">10-4 Systems</a>, a provider of multimodal shipment visibility solutions and related technologies for shippers and transportation providers.</p> <p>The acquisition expands Trimble&#39;s portfolio of Transportation Management Systems (TMS) to include an established cloud-based solution for small carriers as well as a shipper RFP platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/telematics/trimble-acquires-10-4-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/telematics/trimble-acquires-10-4-systems#comments Telematics TMS News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:29:00 +0000 226391 at http://fleetowner.com NGVAmerica appoints Daniel Gage as president http://fleetowner.com/people/ngvamerica-appoints-daniel-gage-president <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.ngvamerica.org/" target="_blank">Natural Gas Vehicles for America</a> (NGVAmerica) announced that Daniel Gage has been named its new president. Gage succeeds Matthew Godlewski, who recently joined <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Company.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/people/ngvamerica-appoints-daniel-gage-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/people/ngvamerica-appoints-daniel-gage-president#comments People Fuel News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:04:00 +0000 226381 at http://fleetowner.com Continental updates VDO RoadLog Office http://fleetowner.com/tms/continental-updates-vdo-roadlog-office <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Continental announced it will provide VDO RoadLog users with free software updates for <a href="http://www.vdoroadlog.com/">VDO RoadLog Office</a>, Continental&rsquo;s online compliance reporting and fleet management tool.</p> <p>VDO RoadLog Office is used in conjunction with VDO RoadLog ELDs to automate compliance reporting and provide advanced fleet management capabilities. In addition to free updates for the VDO RoadLog Office online compliance and reporting tool, free software updates will be provided for VDO RoadLog ELD and ELD Plus electronic logging devices.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/tms/continental-updates-vdo-roadlog-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/tms/continental-updates-vdo-roadlog-office#comments Driver Logs TMS Regulations Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:40:00 +0000 226371 at http://fleetowner.com Fuso’s electric truck now available to commercial fleets http://fleetowner.com/emissions/fuso-s-electric-truck-now-available-commercial-fleets <div class="field-deck"> Mitsubishi Fuso announced at its global launch that UPS is its first commercial customer in the U.S. to place three electric delivery trucks into service. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>NEW YORK, NY. Construction clanking, sirens from emergency vehicles, and other typical city traffic noise served as the backdrop for Thursday&rsquo;s global launch of Mitsubishi Fuso&rsquo;s medium-duty electric delivery truck here in New York City&rsquo;s East Village.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/emissions/fuso-s-electric-truck-now-available-commercial-fleets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/emissions/fuso-s-electric-truck-now-available-commercial-fleets#comments Trucks Economics Emissions Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000 226351 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Mitsubishi Fuso&nbsp;officially launched its all-electric, zero-emission truck, the eCanter, to commercial customers during a Sept. 14 event in New York City. <em><strong>(Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso)</strong></em></p> FTR: Class 8 production to top 300,000 units in 2018 http://fleetowner.com/equipment/ftr-class-8-production-top-300000-units-2018 <div class="field-deck"> 'Alternative' forecast suggests carrier profits need to improve before capex boost </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>INDIANAPOLIS. North American Class 8 truck production will hit 300,000 units in 2018, a level seen only once in the past 10 years, according to the transportation equipment experts at FTR. In other forecasts presented at 2017 FTR Transportation Conference here this week, commercial vehicle trailer production will see a modest increase, paced by an improving flatbed market, while medium-duty truck production will mirror the U.S. economy, with slow but steady growth.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/ftr-class-8-production-top-300000-units-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/equipment/ftr-class-8-production-top-300000-units-2018#comments Equipment News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +0000 226361 at http://fleetowner.com FTR FHWA three-truck platooning test http://fleetowner.com/autonomous-vehicles/fhwa-three-truck-platooning-test <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/">Federal Highway Administration</a> (FHWA) recently sponsored a two-day demonstration of <a href="https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/truck_platooning/">three-truck platooning</a> on public roadways in Northern Virginia; the results of four years&rsquo; worth of research and testing. Guided by police escort, the three tractor-trailers took journalists and other industry experts from a staging area in Centreville, VA, along routes established on Rt.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/autonomous-vehicles/fhwa-three-truck-platooning-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/autonomous-vehicles/fhwa-three-truck-platooning-test#comments Trucks Autonomous Vehicles News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:40:00 +0000 226341 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Mack updates Pinnacle, Granite interiors with driver-focused features http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-updates-pinnacle-granite-interiors-driver-focused-features <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>ALLENTOWN, PA. Building on the launch this week of its Anthem highway tractor, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/mack-trucks-0?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Mack Trucks</a></span> introduced new interiors for its Pinnacle axle-forward and Granite models designed to support customers in attracting and retaining drivers as well as improving productivity and profitability.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-updates-pinnacle-granite-interiors-driver-focused-features" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-updates-pinnacle-granite-interiors-driver-focused-features#comments Trucks Driver Management News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:45:00 +0000 226331 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Mack showed off updates to its Granite and Pinnacle axle-forward models (Pinnacle shown in background) including redesigned interiors and a new grille for the Pinnacle with bold &quot;Mack&quot; moniker similar to that of the company&#39;s new Anthem highway truck, shown in foreground. (Photo: Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner)</p> Challenges ahead for ELD ‘foot draggers,’ panel concludes http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/challenges-ahead-eld-foot-draggers-panel-concludes <div class="field-deck"> Late adopters have to catch up, and the learning curve can be steep </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>INDIANAPOLIS. Fleets that haven&rsquo;t already made the transition to ELDs could have some unpleasant surprises in store, panelists at the 2017 FTR Transportation Conference explained here Tuesday. Issues include lost productivity, driver turnover, customer expectations, the availability of ELD units, and even whether or not the units will perform as advertised&mdash;and as required by the regulations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/challenges-ahead-eld-foot-draggers-panel-concludes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/challenges-ahead-eld-foot-draggers-panel-concludes#comments Operations Driver Logs Regulations Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:54:00 +0000 226321 at http://fleetowner.com <p>With legal challenges and legislative attempts at a rollback having run their course, the &ldquo;wait-and-see&rdquo; uncertainty about the Dec. 18 ELD implementation date is finally past. (<em>Photo: GPS Insight</em>)</p> Mack rolls out new 'bad ass' Anthem highway truck http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-rolls-out-new-bad-ass-anthem-highway-truck <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>ALLENTOWN, PA. With a bold new grille sporting vertical accents like two fangs in a bulldog's underbite, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/mack-trucks-0?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Mack Trucks</a></span>' new Anthem highway tractor drew multinational press and plenty of fanfare at its launch here Wednesday evening.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-rolls-out-new-bad-ass-anthem-highway-truck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-rolls-out-new-bad-ass-anthem-highway-truck#comments Trucks Fleet Management News Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:41:00 +0000 226311 at http://fleetowner.com Lead ain't dead — not yet http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/lead-aint-dead-not-yet <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>I&#39;m attending a conference outside Detroit, MI this week. It&#39;s The Battery Show and the Electric &amp; Hybrid Vehicle Technology Conference. Not surprising, there is an overwhelming number of presentations on batteries. The show floor is filled with people that provide materials for batteries, test equipment for batteries in engineering (not the dealerships), engineering services of all types, equipment for manufacturing batteries, some new concepts in packaging, high volume manufacturers and low-volume custom manufacturers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/lead-aint-dead-not-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/lead-aint-dead-not-yet#comments IdeaXchange Powertrain News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:29:00 +0000 226301 at http://fleetowner.com