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  • Mar 25, 2015
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    The next step in smaller diesels

    A lot of interesting stuff gets unveiled at the annual Mid America Trucking Show (MATS), but one of the more interesting things that will make an appear this year is a new small-size four-cylinder 2.8-liter prototype diesel engine developed by Cummins Inc. as part of a four-year joint program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)....More
  • Mar 23, 2015
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    RFID use seems to be getting some legs

    The use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in both the manufacturing and retail sectors is apparently reaching a “tipping point” of sorts, if the results of a new survey are to be believed....More
  • Mar 20, 2015
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    Branding all the live long day

    If you think corporate “branding strategies” are, applicable to the world of freight transportation, think again. Indeed, John Simon – vice chairman of Allegiance Capital – recently made a very good point regarding the importance of branding initiatives in the trucking world in this post....More
  • Mar 19, 2015
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    Integrating 3D printing with truck making

    There’s been a lot of talk of late about how 3D printing will cause big disruptions to the freight world – indeed, how this technology could fundamentally chance how we manufacture just about all the goods we use in our daily lives. (Go here and here for more detail on those two themes.)...More
  • Mar 16, 2015
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    The change enveloping cars and trucks

    Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, made some interesting observations during a speech at the Chicago Economic Club last week – particularly about the “magnitude of change” cars and light trucks will undergo in the next five years....More
  • Mar 13, 2015
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    The attraction to distraction

    Here’s a worrisome statistic: a recent U.S. survey found that 18% of those polled say they “cannot resist” the “urge” to send or check online messages when operating a motor vehicle, with Millennials (those aged 18 to 34) the biggest offenders....More
  • Mar 12, 2015
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    Transferring SuperTruck savings to the real world

    So I got a chance to chat electronically recently with Mario Sanchez – director of technical sales enablement for engine-maker Cummins – and Ken Damon – manager of vehicle performance for Peterbilt Motors Co....More
  • Mar 11, 2015
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    From the random file

    Though perhaps it’s unwise to illuminate the inner workings of a trucking journalist’s mind, I’m going to jump off that proverbial cliff anyways and reveal how a single item – in this case a press release – can spark a long and rather “random” connection of different things....More
  • Mar 10, 2015
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    Ramping up the “Toward Zero Deaths” policy effort

    About five years ago I attended a transportation meeting hosted by the Swedish embassy in Washington D.C. that sought to spur a new strategic direction for global transportation networks – reducing traffic deaths down to zero. [You can go here and here to read more about that effort.]...More
  • Mar 9, 2015
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    Generating electric power from tires?

    Here’s an interesting idea: converting the heat generated from rubber tires rolling down the road into electricity that can power an electric vehicle. That may sound far-fetched but Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently showed off a concept tire in Switzerland that can do just that....More
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