HDMA Forms New Heavy Duty Advanced Technology Council

By Team Writer / September 17, 2019

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

By Team Writer / September 15, 2019

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

By Team Writer / September 13, 2019

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

By Team Writer / September 11, 2019

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/

Peloton Scores a Platooning Point

By Team Writer / September 9, 2019

The California-based Peloton Technology has emerged as one of the leading voices in truck platooning, which is essentially a connected system of multiple trucks. While many thought platooning was not showing much promise, Peloton stayed confident in the idea and CEO Josh Switkes announced a new system where the secondary truck does not need a driver. Switkes argues that, with less truck drivers around but also higher loads, that implementing platooning systems will be great for increasing the efficiency of truck drivers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Daimler recently reported lackluster results on new trucks and aerodynamic systems, and has stopped work to focus on autonomous vehicles instead
  • Peloton Technology continues to work on the truck platooning technology that Daimler has given up in favor of autonomous vehicle testing
  • The CEO of Peloton, Josh Switkes, strongly believes in platooning technology and insists it can be used to increase safety, economy, and efficiency

“Based on reports of their work – as well as Daimler’s own initial assessments, it should be noted — truck platooning sounded highly promising as both a fuel economy and a safety technology.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/336463/peloton-scores-a-platooning-point

Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

By Team Writer / September 7, 2019

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been fully revealed, and with it the chance to see how it stacks up against its predecessor, the C7 Corvette. The new Corvette is more angular in its design, and the rear of the car is less square than before. It is a little longer in length and a tiny bit shorter in height. Its interior is a lot more customizable than the previous Corvette, although its storage area has been reduced in size.

Key Takeaways:

  • The eighth generation Corvette Stingray has evolved from a front-engine into a mid-engine vehicle.
  • The new Corvette, Stingray, includes a lower, wider and ultimately more impactful grille.
  • The Stingray’s designers got rid of the hood vent and went with far more angular headlights.

“Now that we’ve examined the new sports car from every angle, it’s time to consider how the Corvette’s design has evolved from its predecessor.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/refreshing-or-revolting-2020-chevrolet-corvette-stingray/

How to Make Three-Point Turns

By Team Writer / September 5, 2019

Just because three point turns are slow doesn’t mean it’s safe. Losing focus means backing into a curb, object, or pedestrian. Signal first, look over your shoulder, mirror check. Repeat with left side, and look for oncoming traffic. Steer all the way to the left and drive to the curb on the other side. Reverse the vehicle, back up, and steer wheel right while looking over right shoulder. At center, straighten out wheels, and steer in the direction you want to go.

Key Takeaways:

  • Requires following safety instructions such as signal, shoulder check, 360 degree scan among others
  • Depending on the direction, use their corresponding signal indicators to indicate your intent
  • Perform this turn when the traffic is low or near a road dead end

“Though it’s a relatively safe turn, when improperly executed, three-point turns can also result in fender benders or minor collisions.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/336483/how-to-make-three-point-turns

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