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Peloton Scores a Platooning Point

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

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

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

What to Consider When Choosing Lift Axles

Adding lift axles to your truck comes with both pros and cons. Although it allows the truck to carry a greater weight, it also makes maneuverability more difficult. One also has to consider that an axle design that’s acceptable in one state might not be acceptable in another. Different types of lift axles can potentially be more difficult to implement, with factors to consider such as if the axle works with your choice of tire. Lift axles come with two ratings, one for the axle itself and one for how much it can help carry.

Key Takeaways:

  • While a lift axle will certainly add payload capacity to your vehicle, it does also bring considerable extra weight.
  • Although liftable axles are allowed in many jurisdictions, they may also have specific requirements.
  • Those requirements for liftable axles on trailors can include automatic lifting or steering capability.

“There is no single lift-axle configuration that works everywhere, because of the wide variety of state and local regulations applicable to axle weights and spreads.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/336621/what-to-consider-when-choosing-lift-axles

The importance of electrical wiring

Having proper electrical wiring is crucial and can prevent costly failures. Corrosion can cause a lot of trouble, so you want to make sure your wiring is noncorrosive. Make sure to use quality, sturdy connectors. Having a proper electrical harness system that can cope with difficult weather is a necessity for having a good electrical system. Above all, it’s important that you do proper research on your electrical system so you know which devices get the best results.

Key Takeaways:

  • The heavy-duty electrical assemblies you choose to install within your vehicles must come in an anti-corrosive housing.
  • The corrosive elements that attack vehicles on the highway, due to weather and road condition can not be over-estimated.
  • Quick change components that lock out corrosion are also absolutely necessary.

“From unscheduled downtime and CSA violations, an electrical system failure can be serious, so invest wisely as you look to put the products on your equipment that will have the lowest total cost of ownership.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/importance-truck-electrical-wiring/

Enhancing safety through lighting

LED lighting systems, with their greater reliability and superior lifespans, can offer a significant safety advantage relative to older lighting systems. LED systems also have the advantage of generating light which is closer to sunlight than that from incandescent bulbs. It therefore makes perfect sense that over the last several years LED lighting systems have achieved a dramatic advantage in sales to the commercial vehicle industry over incandescent lights. LED lights can help make your vehicle more conspicuous and reduce the risk of a light failing unexpectedly.

Key Takeaways:

  • LED lighting is more reliable than incandescent lighting and has a superior quality.
  • In the future, lighting activated by sensors will become the standard.
  • Conspicuity tape loses its reflective quality over time, so it needs to be frequently inspected and replaced.

“Fleet Equipment asked Brett Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Optronics International, what fleets can do to enhance safety through lighting.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/enhancing-safety-lighting/

Talent Wanted: Truck Technicians – Transport Topics Online

The trucking industry is hemorrhaging, with more and more of its people retiring and a dearth of younger people to fill in the openings. The industry is trying creative ways to focus on recruiting newcomers to the industry. One challenge they’re trying to overcome is the perception that truck work is a low-talent skill and a dead-end job, when such a job in fact causes you to develop many useful skills. Their most common new recruits are young, tech-savvy people who are willing to learn new talents while not being interested in a four year college degree.

Key Takeaways:

  • The trucking company finds itself at a difficult impasse, with an aging population of qualified technicians and a dearth of qualified candidates entering the field.
  • Realizing that they are competing against a “college for all” trend, trucking bigwigs are realizing that their window of opportunity is probably high school.
  • The industry is casting a wide recruitment net, seeking out the military, community colleges, high schools, and even middle schools, for potential candidates.

“Trucking companies are pulling out all the stops to find, recruit, educate, train, develop and recognize the next generation of commercial vehicle technicians.”

Read more: https://www.ttnews.com/articles/talent-wanted-truck-technicians

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