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Over-the-air engine updates: It’s time to start the conversation

Over The Air Engine Programming is a recent development in the trucking world, and it is taking off! This allows companies to improve the truck’s performance and check in on issues remotely instead of having to wait for the truck and its driver to return from a long journey. They are able to switch up the truck’s capabilities; for example, switching between different fuel sources depending on what is economical at the time. Engine updates are important because they can avoid problems and mitigate issues that could have implications for the safety of the driver as well as the bottom line for the fleet manager. Even the world of trucking, which prides itself on its old-fashioned attitudes, can benefit from this technological advancement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming allows updates to be sent to trucks when they’re off duty in order to improve engine productivity and efficiency.
  • The technology enables fleet managers to remotely set engine parameter updates for fields such as max speed limit, cruise speed and idle shutdown.
  • Engine manufacturers have different processes for updates, but the more important issue for the fleet manager is handling the change in perspective necessary when the new technology is adopted.

“What started as a one-way conversation—data streaming off of your trucks to your telematics dashboard—is now a two-way heavy-duty dialogue.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/over-the-air-diesel-engine-updates/

Peterbilt’s Jason Skoog aims to deliver performance on every platform

As general manager of Peterbilt and vice president of PACCAR, Jason Skoog is a fresh face who possesses deep industry knowledge. He says what he likes about the business is, at the end of the day, it is still a people business, and the foundation of the relationships is trust. “If a customer buys a Peterbilt,” he states, “it’s got to perform like a Peterbilt.” While Peterbilt currently has mostly diesel powertrain vehicles, its future lies in electric trucks. Remote diagnostics is also the future (and the present), and that’s where PACCAR Solutions Service Management fits in. It’s a data-driven portal that aims to enhance the service process. All the trucks Peterbilt sells won’t mean a thing, Skoog insists, if customers can’t keep them on the road.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jason Skoog is a leader an innovator in the trucking industry
  • New technology in the trucking business is always evolving, and Jason Skoog is an expert on these innovations
  • Peterbilt is currently conducting trials of electric truck components which are aimed at increasing efficiency

“As you know, you can have the best truck in the world, but if it’s not rolling, it’s not working.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/peterbilt-jason-skoog-truck-executive-profile/

FutureTech Champ Advances Her Career – Transport Topics Online

Despite having graduated with a four-year degree, Bonnie Greenwood is of the belief that the traditional education path is for everyone. Subsequent to obtaining her degree, Greenwood studied Diesel technology at WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming. When Greenwood became the first female winner of TMC Future­Tech, a competition of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, Greenwood began talking to Fedex Freight about her career opportunities with them. Trades are hurting for candidates, let alone ones that bring diversity to the industry. The traditional view holds that a four-year degree is necessary for a satisfying and well-paid career. Greenwood’s experience disputes that. As long as their are trucks transporting goods, trades will be an essential part of the economy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Good trade jobs are available for people who do not have a 4-year college degree.
  • Women are entering traditionally male-dominated trade fields such as transportation, plumbing, and carpentry.
  • Bonnie Greenwood became the first female winner of TMC FutureTech in 2017.

“Greenwood has been with FedEx Freight since October 2017 and is based out of its fa­cility near Salt Lake City.”

Read more: https://www.ttnews.com/articles/futuretech-champ-advances-her-career

HDMA Forms New Heavy Duty Advanced Technology Council

The vehicle group Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association has created a council with an emphasis on technology. Its members are all technology executives, and this new group gives them a place to discuss recent developments in the technological world. They will meet biannually. At these council meetings, it is hoped for that participants will learn how to work past difficulties within their own companies, and that they will keep themselves up to date with changes in the industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Heavy Duty Advanced Technology Council has been formed to review new technology and trends
  • The Heavy Duty Advanced Technology Council is formed of industry leaders within the the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association
  • The HDATC will focus on regulation and industry challenge in addition to technologies such as automation and driver assistance technologies

“The HDATC is comprised of top technology executives from HDMA member companies and will provide a forum for members to discuss advanced technology trends and issues impacting on- and off-highway heavy duty commercial vehicles.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/336627/hdma-forms-new-heavy-duty-advanced-technology-council

AI Technology Predicts Jobsite Accidents

There’s a new form of technology that will predict accidents on job sites. The companies Suffolk and Smartvid are developing technology that incorporates deep-learning algorithm and image-reconstructing software, and utilizes on-site cameras. After taking shots of ongoing work, the software analyzes the images and compares them to data. So, it can be put to work monitoring a new construction site and flags situations that can lead to an accident. After all, most accidents on construction sites could have been avoided.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to Constructible, Smartvid and Suffolk are in the process of developing a monitoring system that will predict work site accidents.
  • This system will utilize on-site cameras that can capture shots of work going on throughout a construction site.
  • This state-of-the-art technology is designed to monitor and flag potentially hazardous work site conditions and prevent accidents.

“The technology incorporates a deep-learning algorithm, and image-recognition software, according to Constructible.”

Read more: https://www.constructionequipment.com/ai-technology-predicts-jobsite-accidents

Addressing uptime and driver retention with the proper equipment

Two very important considerations for fleets in the truck industry are uptime and driver retention. The Hendrickson Company’s ZMD air spring seeks to alleviate both of these concerns, and provide a product that requires no maintenance at all. It uses pressurized air to create a shock absorbing mechanism, which results in a better truck as well as a better experience for drivers. In this way, the ZMD is able to save fleet managers money, and provide a good ride for drivers at the same time.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hendrickson’s ZMD (Zero Maintenance Damping) air spring was designed to replace shock absorbers, which wear down over time.
  • The ZMD relies on pressurized air rather than hydraulic fluid or internal moving parts, so it will not lose its damping capacity over time.
  • Trials have shown that truck drivers like the ZMD system because they do not feel the ‘kidney punch’ or ‘back slap’ that occurs with shocks.

“Two things that are on fleet managers’ minds pretty much every day: uptime and driver retention.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/uptime-driver-retention-equipment/

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vs. Ford GT: A Specs Comparison

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Ford GT are vastly different cars. The GT is more powerful. You cannot manually shift gears in either car. The Corvette has the superior storage space. The GT’s wheels are all the same size, while the Corvette’s are slightly bigger in the back. The Corvette has vaster customization options. The GT is longer and lighter. Although the GT has superior specs, it’s also much costlier than the Corvette, so the Corvette could potentially get you a much better deal for the price.

Key Takeaways:

  • The GT puts out more HP and Torque than the stingray.
  • The GT takes 3 seconds to reach 60 MPH and the sting ray takes less than 3 seconds to reach the same speed.
  • Neither car offer a manual transmission and the gears are electronically selected.

“It took 50 years, but Chevrolet has finally introduced the mid-engine Corvette.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-vs-ford-gt-a-specs-comparison/

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