News en Landstar downplays likelihood of capacity crunch over ELDs <div class="field-deck"> Drivers holding out hope, but most just waiting until the last minute, company says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="">Landstar System</a> said it does not anticipate a significant capacity crunch when the <a href="">electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate</a> takes effect this December, even though 24% of the truck drivers it uses have not yet installed the devices.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:01:00 +0000 217111 at <p>Yet the motor carrier noted there&#39;s been a &ldquo;surprisingly positive sentiment&rdquo; from many of its BCOs about ELDs since the carrier instituted a training program back in 2013. (<em>Photo: Landstar</em>)</p> OTTO founder steps aside as head of Uber’s self-driving group <div class="field-deck"> Ex-employer Google has accused Levandowski of stealing confidential information. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The founder of <a href="">OTTO</a>, the company behind the <a href="">autonomous beer delivery</a> in Colorado last year, has stepped aside as head of Uber&rsquo;s self-driving group while a lawsuit moves forward.</p> <p>Uber confirmed to media outlets that Anthony Levandowski is taking another position within the company.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Technology Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:42:00 +0000 217101 at <p>Anthony Levandowski (<em>at right, with Sean Waters, director of compliance and regulatory affairs for Daimler Trucks North America</em>) during a panel presentation at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual convention last year. (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Western Star's 50th Anniversary Photo Album <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>PHOENIX.&nbsp; Founded in Kelowna, British Columbia in 1967 as a custom truck builder for truly heavy duty logging and mining applications, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Western Star</a></span> celebrated it&#39;s 50th anniversary with a ride-and-drive event here in the desert to show off its entire modern lineup of on-highway tractors and vocational trucks, as well as two special trucks -- one an original 1968 Western Star that was in everyday service until 2015 and the other the newest &quot;Spirit of the American Trucker&quot; tour truck.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:13:00 +0000 217081 at <p>1968 Western Star conventional heavy-duty tractor.</p> OOIDA picks up latest Western Star for 'Spirit' tour <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association has once again received a new <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Western Star</a></span> 5700XE to power its “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer. The truck was presented to OOIDA at Western Star’s 50th Anniversary event in Phoenix on Thursday. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +0000 217071 at <p>Kelley Platt, president of Western Star Trucks, presents the keys to a new Western Star 5700XE to OOIDA&#39;s Jon Osborn and his canine companion Sassy. OOIDA and Western Star&nbsp;share &ldquo;a common mission&rdquo; of serving owner-operators and small business truckers, she said.</p> Western Star's XD-25: 'yellow iron' strong, versatile <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>PHOENIX. Targeting “the traditional yellow-iron customer,” <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Western Star</a></span> Truck Sales Inc. has added a new option to its XD OFFROAD line. Based on the iconic Western Star 4900 platform, but with “considerably more material” to support off-road applications, the Western Star XD-25 is designed to be tough and versatile.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:28:00 +0000 217061 at <p>We put the Western Star XD-25&nbsp;through its paces at an off-road course outside of Phoenix. This truck, with a 223-in. wheelbase, is powered by a 14-liter, 500HP&nbsp;DDC&nbsp;60, rated at 1550 lb./ft. of torque @ 1350 RPM. The transmission is an Allison 4500 RDS automatic&nbsp;with PTO provision. It also features an FR2P-32&nbsp;70,000 lb. planetary wide track tandem rear axle.</p> Kevin Jones, Fleet Owner Accuride agrees to acquire KIC <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Accuride Corp. said it has reached an agreement to acquire KIC LLC, a supplier of wheel end components based in Vancouver, WA.</p> <p>Accuride, headquartered in Evansville, IN., manufactures wheels and wheel-end components under several brands including Accuride and Gunite.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:14:00 +0000 217051 at The benefits of freight visibility <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Trucking companies work hard to onboard drivers that meet their experience levels and other required criteria. Likewise, drivers look for companies that offer them certain opportunities. Drivers get into trucking for the freedom of the open road and the ability to control their financial destinies by driving as few or as many miles as they would like. Some of these freedoms have been limited via federal regulations such as HOS (Hours of Service). Other times, demands placed on the driver by shippers, 3PL&rsquo;s, etc. limit the drivers&rsquo; control.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:01:00 +0000 217041 at Make sure wheels are aligned from beginning <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Wheel alignment is critical to tire life. Proper alignment decreases irregular tire wear and improves tire mileage by decreasing rolling resistance.</p> <p>According to the Truck-frame &amp; Axle Repair Association website, toe error can shorten tread life by 25% and correct vehicle alignment will improve fuel mileage by one-half to one mile per gallon. Pretty impressive statistics.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000 217031 at Trucking and the environment <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The three Rs &mdash; recycle, reuse, reduce &mdash; are the rallying cry of conservationists. It seems fitting on the heels of Earth Day (April 22) and during Environmental Awareness Month (April) to focus on some of the things the trucking industry is doing to help the environment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fuel News Running Green Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:06:00 +0000 217021 at Report: Autonomous technology can cut commercial fleet costs <div class="field-deck"> Navigant Research says driver assistance systems can help in the short turn, with bigger cost savings from fully automated commercial vehicles starting in the next decade. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>A <a href="">new report</a> from <a href="">Navigant Research</a> predicts that both semi- and fully-autonomous driving systems can lead to significant reductions in fuel consumption and operating costs for commercial fleets.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Technology Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:07:00 +0000 217011 at <p>Navigant says driver assistance systems will deployed in the short term, which will pave the way for adoption of fully automated vehicles over the longer term. (<em>Photo: Freightliner Trucks</em>)</p>