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California Selects Geotab as Telematics Provider

The department of transportation and all of its different functional components can be very difficult to understand, especially in a large state like California. GovernmentFleet comes to us today to outline the new appointment of telematics provider Geotab to the contracting list for this state. Their main goals are to focus on and improve efficiency, streamline compliance guidelines and regulations as well as overhaul of the entire infrastructure to provide more quality data. It also hopes to move towards more electric options within the fleet vehicles available.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Geotab, which provides connected transportation, has recently been awarded a single-source blanket agreement.
  • The BPA agreement gives Geotab the right to afford telematics solutions to the state of California and participating government fleets.
  • Geotab has already garnered renown in the telematics field, having recently been given the largest telematics contract in history from General Services Administration.

“The State of California has recently introduced several green initiatives targeted at improving fleet operations and reducing harmful environmental impacts. Its Sustainability Roadmap identified that a centralized telematics program is needed to help reduce fossil fuel usage, improve vehicle utilization, and reduce operating costs.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/331905/california-selects-geotab-as-telematics-provider

Don’t Overlook Trailer Anchor Points

There are so many components to machines, especially semi-trucks, that it makes overlooking the quality and progression of wear and tear on certain parts difficult to keep track of. In their new write up, TruckingInfo discusses the importance of not overlooking anchor points at the trailer level. They point out that securement violations happen quite often and discuss the weight in which issues usually occur. The summary also goes on to discuss inspections, expected repairs and rub rails and wenches.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Open deck or platform trailers are part of the cargo securement system and not merely a conveyance.
  • Trailers have anchor points that are routinely attached to other securement devices.
  • Although DOT officials note that such anchor points, such as pipe spools and winch rails, are rarely cited for violations, that should not lead to their being neglected and overlooked.

““Cargo securement violations are almost always insufficient or defective tie-downs vs. the actual trailers,” noted one trooper from North Dakota, relayed to us through Kerri Wirachowsky, director of roadside inspection programs at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/331861/dont-overlook-trailer-anchor-points

Clean up your fuel efficiency this New Year – Fleet Owner

For a fleet owner, increasing fuel efficiency can have multiple benefits. The New Year is the perfect time to assess improvements to your fleet’s fuel system. The first stop is looking at the quality of the fuel itself. Better diesel fuel can leave fewer deposits and increase efficiency by up to 5%. Look at your fuel storage system to make sure it is appropriately sized and has been cleaned. Also you can make the billing process more efficient to help save time processing invoices.

Key Takeaways:

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  • The new year is seen as a perfect time for companies to start reassessing what works and what doesn’t in their operations.
  • One of the steps to cleaning up a fleet’s fuel system is to maximize its current equipment because down equipment can spell trouble.
  • For an average Commercial Class 8 truck which is estimated to use about 20,500 gallons of fuel a year, a 5% fuel savings is a great deal of savings.

“Fuel efficiency is about far more than just mileage for a fleet owner. It’s about how hard all the components of your fueling system are working for your operation.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/fuel/clean-your-fuel-efficiency-new-year

Kenworth Offers Remote Diagnostics on Medium-Duty Trucks

Analysis of data has become a driving force in the past decade. The added bonus and new branch of analytics are real time alerts which are being used in all sectors of business from health care to transportation. In this new write up by WT Staff, it profiles how Kenworth, the semi-truck construction king has begun implementing their TruckTech + remote diagnostic system to help alert both drivers and repair crews to issues before they become full blown horror stories.

Key Takeaways:

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  • The Kenworth TruckTech + Remote Diagnostics System provides real-time engine health information to both fleet managers and Kenworth dealers.
  • The system also enables Kenworth dealers to track the specific location of each Kenworth truck in the system.
  • The system automatically puts out alerts, signifying when going forward without action is advisable and when to pull over and seek aid.

“Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440, and T470 models – equipped with the 6.7L PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9L PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine – will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/331804/kenworth-offers-trucktech-remote-diagnostics-option

More Asphalt Paving, More Investment

The market is currently good for large asphalt paver manufacturers. New technology is being incorporated in the machines to make them more precise and efficient. However, the industry is highly susceptible to instability in politics slowing growth. Many future projects are government funded. Even with this in consideration overall outlooks are good. It is important for someone to properly train their crews to use this equipment. Proper use has a huge impact on the wear of the machine.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Because the market is good overall, large asphalt paver manufacturers will have reasons to smile as well as incorporate technology to increase efficiency and control of contractors.
  • Kyle Neissen, product manager for pavers and MTVs at Roadtec, states that they had a good year in 2017 but 2018 saw some headwinds and wasn’t better.
  • The Pennsylvania DOT is predicting a 7% increase in asphalt pavers total project when compared to 2018 because of the increase in interstate construction projects.

““We are experiencing a strong market for large asphalt pavers like our Cedarapids CR400, CR500, and CR600 series pavers,” says BOMAG paving products manager Henry Polk.”

Read more: https://www.constructionequipment.com/more-asphalt-paving-more-investment

The next Uber will come from the $1.2 trillion global truck and shipping industry – CNBC

Driving a semi-truck is no easy feat. It takes a very special kind of individual who has the energy to do nothing but drive and the mental capacity to pass the test required to operate the vehicle. With the success of Uber and Lyft type services, CNBC found it fitting to profile the US trucking market and what some of the companies are attempting to offer in terms of different services as well as upgraded technology and cloud based analytics.

Key Takeaways:

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  • The U.S. trucking sector alone generates a massive 260 billion dollars in annual revenue.
  • The revenue generated by the U.S. trucking market comes to about 20% of the entire worldwide market.
  • Although the business remains largely fragmented, trucks are responsible for delivering 75% of all products shipped annually.

“Convoy, founded by former Amazon executives, has raced to a $1-billion-plus valuation, with a plan to make the big-rig market much more efficient, while Flexport extends digital flexibility to all types of shipping.”

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/15/convoy-flexport-automating-the-shipping-industry.html

Electric/Hybrid – TriMet and PGE Harness the Wind to Power Buses in Portland – Renewable Energy Magazine

With the world apparently collapsing now in my lifetime, a handful of people are still attempting to shift the worlds focus onto more energy efficient options, especially when it comes to transportation. Renewable Energy Magazine has summarized the efforts that Oregon has made by launching their pilot made up of 5 electric buses which will run along side an already existing route to see if this will be a long term solution to contributing to conserving the environment.

Key Takeaways:

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  • The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, also called TriMet, has launched an exciting new program.
  • The program launches 5 new all electric buses, which will be charged by ABB, bus chargers.
  • The Chargers themselves are powered by wind power, generated by Portland General Electric.

“The new battery electric buses scored as the quietest buses ever in one Federal Transit Administration test. The amount of noise they make idling — about 39 decibels — is generally quieter than the ambient noise surrounding them.”

Read more: https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/electric_hybrid_vehicles/trimet-and-pge-harness-the-wind-to-20190515

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