Trucks at Work

  • Dec 5, 2016

    Can Nikola truly transform the trucking industry?

    So Nikola Motors Co. unveiled its Nikola One prototype Class 8 highway sleeper tractor last week at its “world headquarters” in Salt Lake City, Utah – a truck that runs on electricity generated by a hydrogen-powered fuel cell....More
  • Nov 30, 2016

    Service innovation may trump product development in trucking

    For time out of mind, trucking has centered on, well, trucks, trailers, and the components that make them roll: engines, transmissions, axles, wheels, tires … everything that goes into crafting a solid piece of highway iron....More
  • Nov 29, 2016

    It is truck stunt time again!

    Leave it to Volvo Trucks to come up with a unique and startling way to illustrate the powertrain possibilities of automated manual transmissions (AMTs) – specifically in terms of helping a fully-loaded tractor-trailer maintain speed while saving fuel....More
  • Nov 27, 2016

    Training to slalom heavy trucks while under fire

    Learning to maneuver trucks weighing 18,000-lbs. safely and smoothly is one thing; doing so on uneven gravel roads while getting shot at is something else. And that’s before the co-drivers get trained on how to quickly get control of the vehicle if the main driver gets wounded. Obviously, we’re talking about sharpening the skills of military personnel here; ones tasked with operating a bevy of heavy equipment....More
  • Nov 23, 2016

    Overtime rule block may benefit trucking

    A preliminary injunction issued yesterday in a lawsuit filed by the National Retail Federation (NRF), attorney generals from 21 states and 50 business groups back in September blocked impending changes to federal overtime pay rules – and blocking that rule may benefit trucking as well....More
  • Nov 22, 2016

    The weak link in cybersecurity: Your own workers 1

    Imagine this: the biggest cyber threat to your trucking company may be due to “careless” actions by your own employees; an action that allows a “phishing” attack to be successful or that inadvertently opens a hole in a motor carrier’s electronic network...More
  • Nov 18, 2016

    How much for that connected truck in the window?

    So I listened to an interesting presentation by Dominik Beckman, director of marketing and dealer operations for Hino Trucks at the TU-Automotive Connected Fleets USA conference this week in Atlanta....More
  • Nov 17, 2016

    Autonomous trucks: They won’t be driverless

    So I sat through several interesting presentations regarding the future of autonomous trucks this week at the TU-Automotive Connected Fleets USA conference in Atlanta and perhaps the most striking takeaway from those discussions is that while autonomous trucks will be “self-driving,” they won’t truly ever be “driverless,” as the need for a human operator behind the whee...More
  • Nov 16, 2016

    ELDs, Trucking, and Trump

    Will the incoming Trump administration delay the still-contentious electronic logging device (ELD) mandate? That question popped up more than few times here at the TU-Automotive Connected Fleets USA being held this week in Atlanta during conversations among the participants and during panel discussions – including one moderated by yours truly....More
  • Nov 15, 2016

    Among the “Most Wanted,” a focus on the human factors in transportation safety

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its “10 Most Wanted List” of desired transportation safety improvements for 2017 and 2018 this week – a list that that will now be proffered every two years instead of on an annual basis, according to comments made by Christopher Hart, the organization’s chairman, during a press conference yesterday....More
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