News en SafeKey offers new personal 'Protector' safety device for drivers <div class="field-deck"> With one button, truckers can be immediately connected with safety officers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>ORLANDO. <a href="" target="_blank">SafeKey Corp.</a> said it has launched the new SafeKey Protector, a personal safety system for drivers in the event of security, medical, and other emergencies.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers are one button from help when they need it most,&rdquo; said Tom Richardson, head of business development for SafeKey.&nbsp; &ldquo;Our technology also improves recruitment of and retention of professional drivers while helping prevent cargo theft.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations Economics Safety Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:08:00 +0000 229081 at <p>The SafeKey Protector costs about 58 cents a day over three years, according to a company official.</p> New app from Rolling Strong designed to tackle driver health ‘epidemic’ <div class="field-deck"> Industry must do more to address the problem, CEO warns. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>ORLANDO. <a href="" target="_blank">Rolling Strong</a> has launched a new mobile app aimed at helping commercial drivers improve their health and wellness while on the road.</p> <p>During a press conference at 2017 American Trucking Associations Management Conference &amp; Exhibition, Rolling Strong CEO Steve Kane called driver wellness &ldquo;an epidemic.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations Regulations Technology Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:36:00 +0000 229071 at <p>The Rolling Strong app allows every driver to customize exercise routines.</p> FlowBelow launches dealer program, offers new aerodynamic trailer system <div class="field-deck"> Initial phase of Trailer AeroSlider system to boost fuel economy 1.2%, company says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>ORLANDO. <a href="" target="_blank">FlowBelow Aero Inc.</a> announced the launch of its Elite Dealer Program, which the company said would bring its quick-release wheel cover and Tractor AeroKit system to more customers.</p> <p>Company officials made the announcement at American Trucking Associations&rsquo; annual conference. FlowBelow&rsquo;s products are already available for factory order on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Freightliner</a></span>, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="" target="_blank">Kenworth</a></span>, and <span class='keyword_link'><a href=" " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Peterbilt</a></span> trucks.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:14:00 +0000 229061 at <p>A sketch of the new Trailer AeroSlider system from FlowBelow.</p> Panel: ELDs don’t change HOS rules or enforcement <div class="field-deck"> But data from electronic logging devices should encourage truckers to take a fresh look at productivity and efficiency issues. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>ORLANDO. As the December 18 deadline for the electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate to go into full effect, a panel discussion here at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) 2017 Management Conference &amp; Exhibition (MC&amp;E) sorted through a variety of issues and opportunities related to the technology.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations Driver Logs News Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:54:00 +0000 229051 at <p>There are as of now 135 self-certified devices on <a href="">FMCSA&rsquo;s ELD list</a>. (<em>Photo: Pedigree Technologies</em>)</p> Trucking ignores technology at its own peril <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The headline above comes courtesy of <strong>John Larkin</strong> &ndash; managing director and head of <a href="" target="_blank">transportation capital markets research</a> for <a href="">Stifel Capital Markets</a> &ndash; who made that comment to illustrate a key issue now facing truckers large and small; whether one likes or dislikes technology, be it <a href="">automated manual transmissio</a></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:59:00 +0000 229041 at <p>Photo: YouTube</p> Endurant automated transmission: A league of its own <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>Some 42 months before the new Endurant automated transmission's launch, the program engineers locked themselves in an abandoned warehouse to start completely from scratch. Well, not quite, but close — and it was about that consummate a ground-up effort. Here are some scenes and impressions from testing out the transmission at Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks Powertrain News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:37:00 +0000 229031 at <p>(Photo: Aaron Marsh / Fleet Owner)</p> WABCO introduces new safety technologies <div class="field-deck"> Plans to show off new blind spot detection system and electronic brake interlock at American Trucking Associations annual meeting next week. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Commercial vehicle component supplier WABCO is bringing two new safety systems to market that can be ordered for new trucks and trailers as well as retrofitted to existing equipment.</p> <p>The first is <a href="">OnSide</a>, a radar-based blind spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers &ndash; a system WABCO said provides a 160-degree field of view and coverage for up to 65% of a standard 53-foot trailer.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Collision Prevention News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:53:00 +0000 229011 at <p><a href="">OnSide</a>, a radar-based blind spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers, plus Intelligent Brake Interlock (IBI) for tanker trailers are the new products. (<em>Photo: WABCO</em>)</p> Blockchain in trucking: What about the middlemen? <div class="field-deck"> In trucking, blockchain technology could ensure better asset utilization and help the industry more accurately forecast and predict volumes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s no mystery how freight gets moved from point A to B every day. It takes a shipper, a carrier, and often times several intermediaries in between. But what about a future where those intermediaries &ndash; or middlemen &ndash; might become irrelevant and disappear?</p> <p>Enter blockchain technology.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations Economics Electronic Security Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:50:00 +0000 229021 at <p>Blockchain technology is said to expedite and better secure freight movement transactions for shippers and carriers.<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</span><strong><em>(Photo: MBN Solutions)</em></strong></p> QuikQ introduces new fuel payment card and programs <div class="field-deck"> New fuel card and merchant’s agreements with three truck stop chains add to its offerings. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p style="font-size: 12.8px;"><a href="" style="font-size: 12.8px;">QuikQ&nbsp;LLC</a>&nbsp;is adding to its full-service fuel payment offerings, adding a fuel card and merchant agreements with truck stop chains Love&rsquo;s Travel Stops,&nbsp;TravelCenters&nbsp;of America, and Pilot Flying J.</p> <p style="font-size: 12.8px;">Those new merchant agreements, combined similar deals previously hammered out with independent truck stops, give&nbsp;QuikQ&nbsp;a nationwide footprint for its fuel card program, the company said.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000 228971 at Chevin starts to roll out new FleetWave user interface <div class="field-byline"> Fleet Owner Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Management software to get a new look that company says will improve system while retaining functionality. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">Chevin Fleet Solutions</a>, a global provider of fleet management software, just launched the first phase of its new user interface development for its flagship FleetWave product.&nbsp;</p> <p>FleetWave is used to simplify fleet, driver and maintenance management &ndash; from the financial overview of vehicles and equipment to policy and supervision of drivers, technicians, and shops.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Telematics TMS News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000 228951 at