Trucks at Work

  • Jan 30, 2015

    Safety may be the key to autonomous vehicles

    A new survey put together by the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University finds that improvements to driver safety may be the key to broader acceptance of autonomous or “self-driving” vehicle technology....More
  • Jan 29, 2015

    Shippers take SmartWay seriously

    I’ve heard more than a bit of grumbling about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program from time to time, often from truck owners who question whether there’s truly a direct connection between the program’s voluntary standards and monetary savings supposedly gained from fuel efficiency improvements those standards aim to generate....More
  • Jan 26, 2015

    To drive or not to drive …

    Here’s an interesting question with apparently two very different answers: does the “Millennial Generation” still want to drive vehicles or not? Well the answer is apparently both yes and no, if the results of two recent studies are to be believed....More
  • Jan 22, 2015

    Construction boom could help and hinder trucking over time

    A new survey of 900 construction firms across 48 states and the District of Columbia by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) finds that 80% of them plan to expand their payrolls this year while only 7% expect to reduce headcounts – an indication, the trade group believes, that an increase in construction activity lays just around the economic bend....More
  • Jan 21, 2015

    Low oil prices: is it different this time?

    Funny thing about that old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same” when tagged to the recent global oil price crash and resultant fuel price decline in the U.S.: We’ve definitely been here before. And it wasn’t too long ago, either....More
  • Jan 15, 2015

    A bad moon always seems near to rise

    I see the bad moon rising I see trouble on the way I see earthquakes and lightnin' I see bad times today –From “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) Trucking is a business that often skates on some very thin ice at times – literally so during the winter months....More
  • Jan 14, 2015

    Light truck reconfiguring continues

    We’ve all heard the old saw “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” [And although that phrase is attributed to the great writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, in reality, that’s not quite what he said.]...More
  • Jan 13, 2015

    What will keep light vehicle sales booming?

    It’s hard not to be impressed with the pace of light vehicle sales of late. Indeed, just last month Jeff Schuster, senior VP of forecasting at global research firm LMC Automotive, noted that his company increased its total light-vehicle sales forecast for 2015 to 17.0 million units, up from 16.8 million previously, based on strong economic indicators....More
  • Jan 12, 2015

    New highway improvement shop hangs out its shingle 1

    A new “one stop shop” opened its digital doors this week to help state highway officials and others build better roads at lower cost, find ways to reduce traffic congestion, and beef up roadway safety....More
  • Jan 9, 2015

    Putting it on autopilot on the highway

    To show off the capabilities of its “piloted driving concept” vehicle [that’s a longer-winded way of saying “driverless car”] at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Audi sent a select group of journalists (which didn’t include me, sad to say) on a 560-mile test drive from Silicon Valley, CA, to Las Vegas, NV, where CES held its annual gathering this year....More
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