5 Takeaways from ATA MC&E

Recently the American Trucking Associations annual management conference and exhibition wrapped up in Las Vegas. There were some key particular themes involved for this conference including the we are mad as hell and we are not gonna take it anymore, muddy roads and blind curves, data is king, as well as a few others in particular.

Key Takeaways:

  • Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card emphasized the need to unite, emphasizing the “We the people” of the constitution.
  • Everyone acknowledged that there’s a slump in truck freight and in truck sales, but no one had a clear answer for why.
  • One area many agree may serve as a stepping stone toward autonomous trucks is truck platooning, which may be happening on U.S. roads as early as next year.

“Everyone acknowledged that there’s a slump in truck freight and in truck sales, but no one had a clear answer for why. Uncertainty, in fact, ruled the day.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/all-thats-trucking/story/2016/10/5-takeaways-from-ata-mc-e.aspx

NY Regulators Treat Two Uber Drivers Like Employees

Two former drivers for Uber are eligible for unemployment payments, New York state regulators have ruled, finding they should be treated as employees rather than independent contractors, as the company has maintained. The decision could make it more difficult for Uber, its rival Lyft and other new businesses operating in what is known as the gig economy by raising their costs and challenging their business model.

NY Regulators Treat Two Uber Drivers Like Employees

Detroit Diesel to Pay $28.5 Million in Clean Air Act Settlement

Recently there has been some insight given into Detroit Diesel having to pay twenty eight point five million dollars in the clean air act settlement. In particular this is part due to a combination of fines and funding for pollution reduction projects themselves in order to settle alleged violations of the clean air act the were not certified by the Environment Protection Agency.

Key Takeaways:

  • Detroit Diesel Corp. will pay $28.5 million, in a combination of fines and funding for pollution-reduction projects
  • The complaint also alleges that the engines did not conform to emission standards applicable to model year 2010 engines.
  • The engine maker then stored the short block engines temporarily and completed the remaining assembly in early 2010.

“This case demonstrates the critical importance of EPA’s vehicle and engine certification program to achieving the goals of the Clean Air Act.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/news/story/2016/10/detroit-diesel-to-pay-28-5-million-in-clean-air-act-settlement.aspx

Seven maintenance practices to preserve tire casing integrity

Preserving tire casing integrity should be an integral part of an overall tire maintenance strategy. There are a number of factors to consider in order to make the correct tire choice for your needs, tire-casing including vehicle usage and tire performance characteristics such as fuel economy, durability, traction, miles to removal, safety and price—as well as casing retreadability. The following are certain factors that should be monitored daily: Maintain Proper Tire Inflation, Routine Tire Rotations, Check for Irregular Wear, Ensure Proper Bead Seating and Tire Installation, Choose The Right Tire for the Application, Total Vehicle Alignment, Removing Tires for Retreading

Key Takeaways:

  • Preserving tire casing integrity should be an integral part of an overall tire maintenance strategy.
  • Tires and wheels/rims should be thoroughly inspected on a regular basis, before each trip and daily during continuous service, with special attention to inflation pressure.
  • Also, it’s important to determine the proper tire for the service application.

“”Since tires are often the biggest operating expense after fuel, a lot of money is riding on a vehicle’s wheels…” – Gary Schroeder, director of commercial vehicle and global OEM sales for Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., assigned to the Roadmaster brand”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/maintenance-practices-preserve-tire-casing-integrity/

Cummins Introduces New X15 Heavy Duty Engines

Recently Cummins has introduced the new X15 heavy duty engines. In particular these new engines are designed for lower emissions, maintenance, as well as higher economy. In particular when it comes to the class eight truck sector they are seeing some of the most significant technological advances out of any transportation sector in particular.

Cummins Introduces New X15 Heavy Duty Engines

Seeing Machines releases new data on reduced driver fatigue and distractions

Recently seeing machines has released some new data on reduced driver fatigue as well as distractions. In particular seeing machines which is the maker of Guardian technology they have released some new data in particular showing that Guardian technology improved fleet and overall highway safety by reducing distracted driving and fatigue.

Key Takeaways:

  • Seeing Machines, the maker of Guardian technology, has released new data showing that its Guardian technology improved fleet and overall highway safety
  • Microsleep events (where the driver’s eyes are completely closed while driving) reduced by 100%, 75% and 71%, respectively.
  • Seeing Machines also announced that the Atlanta-based Royal Food Service fleet will equip its entire fleet with Guardian’s advanced safety system.

“Seeing Machines, the maker of Guardian technology, has released new data showing that its Guardian technology improved fleet and overall highway safety by significantly reducing distracted driving and fatigue when assessed in multiple U.S.-based fleets.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/seeing-machines-guardian-data-distractions-sleep-drivers/

Two-truck platooning a viable method for reducing fuel consumption, finds a report released today —

A Recently emerging technology going b the name two-truck-platooning is designed to boost the fuel economy for tractor trailer engagements and long haul operations. Essentially tractor trailors are electronically tethered together, then they work in unison to bring together the trucks at a reduced following distance to reduce aerodynamic drag.

Key Takeaways:

  • Volkswagen Truck & Bus launches cloud-based “operating system” for entire transportation industry
  • Automechanika Frankfurt boasts highest numbers of participating exhibitors in its history
  • UPS to convert 50 trucks to hydraulic hybrid systems in Chicago. Some already on the road

“Two-truck platooning – an emerging technology designed to boost fuel economy performance for tractor trailers engaged in long- and regional-haul application”

https://twitter.com/VehicleSrvcPros/status/781201743904374784

2016 Cadillac Escalade Kicks It Up A Notch

The previously released 2015 Cadillac Escalade was completely redesigned, leaving just a few improvements to make for the 2016 model. Driver assistance tools like a lane keeper and infotainment upgrades are appreciated touches. The Escalade is the evolution of the Yukon Denali with matching seat rows and wheelbase lengths, and without the pickup bed seen in the now-discontinued Avalanche.

2016 Cadillac Escalade Kicks It Up A Notch

Tech Tip: Why automotive technicians should insure their tools –

Tools are an important factor in a technician’s livelihood. Just like someone would have car insurance or health insurance, tool insurance through Pro-TEC will cover a variety of potential issues that could disable the use of an important tool. Through Pro-TEC, technicians have the ability to insure all tools they acquire and use daily, without having to write a policy for each tool. Pro-TEC will protect a technicians tools so they can continue to function in a job setting comfortably.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many professional technicians are unaware that existing coverage levels are insufficient.
  • Pro-TEC provides coverage at work, at home, on a job site or in transit.
  • If you work with tools for a living and you want the security and protection of knowing that your professional investments are covered, then Pro-TEC is a viable option.

“If you work with tools for a living and you want the security and protection of knowing that your professional investments are covered, then Pro-TEC is a viable option.”

https://twitter.com/VehicleSrvcPros/status/780836997078347776

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