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U.S. Postal Service mail, packages are headed to Dallas by self-driving truck – Dallas News

Postal mail and packages must have traveled hundreds of miles on the back of a truck before they arrive at the doorstep of the intended recipient. Now, the United States Postal Service is testing out how it could shuttle that mail and package by using trucks that do not need a human driver at the wheels. TuSimple has also announced that starting this week it will be using self-driving trucks to deliver packages from Phoenix to Dallas. This is going to be a two-week pilot that the San Diego company is carrying out in conjunction with an agency. The trucks will be making a journey that involves driving for 22 hours between delivery centers in the country and each way they are expected to make trips of more than 1,000 miles. There will be a total of five trips made by Tusimple using three trucks. There will be a human onboard though during the trip which might be a safety engineer or driver whose aim is to monitor the performance of the trucks while they are on the road. These pilot tests are among the many that are ongoing that seeks to find out how trucks being driven without human intervention could help companies cut their costs, boost fuel efficiency, and make trucking easier for people.

Key Takeaways:

  • Trucks will have to transport mail and deliveries thousands of miles and through several terrains before they arrive at the owner’s doorsteps.
  • Recently, the United States Postal Serivice announcing the idea that it is intending to shuttle mail and other deliveries through trucks that are self-driving.
  • The trucks that are part of the service will carry out a 1,000 mile journey as they strive to deliver mail in a 22-hour journey.

“Starting this week, self-driving trucks from TuSimple are driving mail from Phoenix to Dallas.”

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/technology/2019/05/24/us-postal-service-mail-packages-headed-dallasby-self-driving-truck

Beating the Blitz: Highway patrol shares inspection tips ahead of CVSA Roadcheck blitz

Bobby Simmons is employed as a trooper by the Florida Highway Patrol and his work is to inspect vehicles on the road. He regularly hunches over trucks on I-10 highway and carries out a random inspection of their parts, starting with the steering tie rod which he checks for whether it has a tight fit. Then he goes on to tie rod bolts, steering arm ball joints and other moving parts to make sure they can move and work properly. Bobby Simmons used to work as a mechanic that is why his work of inspection is second nature to him. He will be among the 255 inspectors that are employed nationwide to check trucks for defects and road worthiness in this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck blitz that will run from June 4 to June 6. The theme of this year’s inspection is to check on steering and suspension systems. When one considers all the moving parts in a vehicle which include U-joints, gear box, Pitman arm and the rest, the key to doing a successful inspection is to know the tolerance for movement of all these parts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Bobby Simmons is an inspection official that is employed by the Florida Highway Patrol as a trooper and he carries out vehicle inspections.
  • Bobby Simmons will carry out an inspection by first grabbing a truck’s steering tie rod to check for whether it is tightly fitted.
  • A steering system has a lot of parts that are moving such as the U-joint, gear box, and Pitman arm, and the key is to know their movement tolerances.

“According to CVSA, last year’s Roadcheck blitz took 11,910 vehicles off the road for out-of-service violations in the U.S. and Canada.”

Read more: https://www.ccjdigital.com/beating-the-blitz-highway-patrol-shares-inspection-tips-ahead-of-cvsa-roadcheck-blitz/

10-4 Good Buddy: GTCC Gets Truck Driving School – The Rhino Times of Greensboro – The Rhino TImes

There has been an increased demand for drivers in the area where the Guilford Technical community college (GTCC) is operating and to help fill this demand the school has started a truck driving school. The GTCC president made the announcement this week during the school’s meeting at the Cameron campus. To kickstart the school, they have procured two tractors which are not the type used for farming but of the trailer-truck type which they will use to teach students how to drive big rigs. The school expects that many persons will be interested in the program because there is a high demand for drivers of big rigs in the area. The Chairman of Guilford county board of Commissioners, Alan Branson, runs a company that is involved in trucking and he has stated that his company like many others would appreciate the program because they are in need of persons to fill their driver vacancies. He said that a lot of their present truck drivers are getting old and they need younger persons for the job. The new program being started by GTCC will help make young people to be interested in driving trucks and fill the demand in the area.

Key Takeaways:

  • A truck driving school is being started by the Guilford Technical Community College in order to help fill the rising demand for available jobs in the area.
  • Students will be trained on how they can drive big rigs and that is why the school has procured two trailer tractors for that purpose.
  • The area has been said by many persons to be one where many businesses are looking for drivers but cannot find any.

“GTCC President Randy Parker announced the new program this week at a meeting of the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance (GCEDA) at the community college’s Cameron Campus in Colfax.”

Read more: http://www.rhinotimes.com/featured-article/10-4-good-buddy-gtcc-gets-truck-driving-school/

How to safely share the highway with semis – Los Angeles Times

Imagine a situation where someone has started his journey on the road and suddenly he finds that he is surrounded on the road by semi-trucks. It would take a certain amount of skills and road etiquette to be able to go through these big rigs while they are on the road. The author has used this blog to state some of the skills and etiquette that might be needed. The first thing to realize is that these big trucks are working, hauling goods across America while you might be on a vacation or enjoying the time with your family. These trucks have been driving hundreds of miles every day. You should also know that while you encounter them you must observe road etiquette. Some of those etiquette means you should not tailgate and you must signal when you are changing lanes. It is essential that you do all these to prevent accidents because the outcome might be disastrous if you were to hit any of these big trucks. Also, one should know to apply caution. Experts say that a smaller car should avoid semis whenever they can and that means passing them on the road and not driving side by side with them. Other tips are given in the blog.

Key Takeaways:

  • Keep in mind that the truck drivers you see on the road are working and that they have logged many miles.
  • Be sure that you are visible and avoid driving in the truck’s blind spots.
  • Semis need a lot of distance to stop, so don’t drive too close to them.

“It takes a certain set of smarts and an etiquette to navigate big bunches of big rigs.”

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-road-trips-highway-driving-safety-tips-big-rigs-20190522-story.html

Coach Your Drivers to Better MPG

For business fleet owners, fuel economy has a big impact on the company’s bottom line. Conserving fuel begins with the driver. Smooth driving – i.e., gradual acceleration and soft breaking – will have a positive impact on MPG. The use of cruise control is an important tool in achieving this. In addition, avoiding high speeds, excessive weight and idling will save fuel. On the maintenance side, be sure to keep engines tuned and tires properly inflated. Even keeping gas caps tightened helps by preventing fumes from escaping. Following these and other tips will reduce fleet fuel costs and increase your bottom line.

Key Takeaways:

  • Smooth driving saves fuel and also reduces the wear and tear on tires, breaks, and the driveline.
  • Stock the truck with what you need for the job and avoid bringing any heavy, unnecessary items that will weigh down the truck.
  • Combine numerous short trips into one, longer trip as this will make your engine run more efficiently.

“Trucks are part of this mission, but purchase price, reliability, cost of service and parts, and resale value are often viewed by small fleets as more important than your trucks’ miles per gallon.”

Read more: https://www.businessfleet.com/332320/coach-your-drivers-to-better-mpg

Competition Heats Up in Trailer-Tracking Market – Transport Topics Online

The capabilities of using onboard sensors and tracking of trailers have been on the increase and this increase has seen the rapid rise in the competition in the industry for tracking trailers. Many new businesses are entering the industry for tracking trailers and some of the new faces include Truck Lite, Phillips Industries, Peterson Manufacturing, and also Blackberry. More established companies who have been in the industry for years are also updating what they offer to the market and are becoming more sophisticated. Truck lite, which is a new entrant, is a major supplier of vehicle lighting, and it entered the trailer tracking industry with the introduction of its road ready system. This company is known for its data communications business since the 1990s and therefore it was just a natural fit for it to enter into the arena of wireless communication of information for tracking trailers and helping fleets know where their trailers are. This could help fleets in asset maintenance and management. This array of equipment and accessories are making trucks more sophisticated and is helping fleets to better manage their most important assets, the trucks that they manage and the drivers that drive them.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is reported that several companies who are competitors are now part of the trailer monitoring business and many have also jumped into it in recent years.
  • Truck lite, which is a company that manufactures and supplies commercial vehicle lighting, has made an entry into the trailer tracking business with its Road Ready system.
  • The sophistication of trailer equipment is increasing in recent times as many data companies are beginning to introduce smart components that would help fleets.

“As the capabilities of onboard sensors and trailer-tracking systems have expanded, so has the level of competition in this segment of the trucking technology market.”

Read more: https://www.ttnews.com/articles/competition-heats-trailer-tracking-market

Future of diesel technologies in transportation bright, exec says – The Trucker

Diesel technologies are presently being used in transportation and an expert states that despite the emergence of new technologies, the future is still bright. This positive forecast is because diesel technologies are improving their efficiency, having lower emissions, having biofuel capacities, and have value for moving freight that is a unique combination. Allan Schaeffer, a Diesel technology expert, shared his forecast with the authors about diesel technology during a forum at Fuels2019, a annual forum for fuel experts. He stated that diesel technology has had a continuous dominant role in commercial trucking and states that the future is still bright in that regard. Due to its unique combination of features, Schaeffer states, diesel will remain consistently the top most preferred fuel for commercial vehicles in the next five to fifteen years and even beyond. He noted that some inroad will be made in using hybrid fuel and hydrogen power vehicles but despite this, diesel will withstand the challenges and the competition. This is because many of these technologies are not yet fully developed and the capabilities of many of them are limited. He forecasts that an interest in biodiesel will be renewed as well as a near zero emission level in diesel technology will be achieved.

Key Takeaways:

  • In his speech on the efficiency of diesel fuel technology, Schaeffer stated that the technology is continually dominant in the trucking industry and would remain so.
  • There is a forecast made though that new technologies like hybrid and electric trucks will make inroads into the trucking industry soon.
  • According to a recent estimate more than one third of all trucks in the industry use a zero emission diesel technology to run.

“The future for diesel technologies in freight transportation is bright, even as new fuels and technologies enter the marketplace, thanks to diesel’s improving efficiency, even lower emissions, advanced biofuel capabilities and unique combination of value for moving freight.”

Read more: https://www.thetrucker.com/future-of-diesel-technologies-in-transportation-bright-exec-says/

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