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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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