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New Survey Finds Managing Costs is Transportation’s Top Challenge

New Survey Finds Managing Costs is Transportation’s Top Challenge

| October 19, 2017

A new survey,which examined best practices, trends and current issues influencing transportation organizations in the United States, found reducing costs, increasing fleet size, incorporating telematics solutions, and hiring and retaining new drivers were top business priorities across the industry. In addition, 39 percent of respondents to the survey conducted by Teletrac Navman named reducing operational […]

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Toshiba Taps FleetUp for ELD Compliance

Toshiba Taps FleetUp for ELD Compliance

| October 11, 2017

Toshiba America Business Solutions has selected FleetUp, a provider of ELD/HOS compliance solutions, to provide FMCSA electronic logging devices (ELD) compliance and comprehensive fleet management services (FMS). Under the two-year agreement, Toshiba will install FleetUp’s ELD and FMS across its work and transport fleets, and sales and services vehicles. The mandate from Toshiba was to […]

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Octo Telematics to Acquire UBI Assets of Willis Towers Watson

Octo Telematics to Acquire UBI Assets of Willis Towers Watson

| October 11, 2017

Octo Telematics (Octo), a telematics provider for the auto insurance industry, will acquire the usage-based insurance (UBI) assets of Willis Towers Watson, including its  DriveAbility solution and the DriveAbility Marketplace. Key Willis Towers Watson personnel will also join the Octo team, notably industry pioneer Geoff Werner (Global Telematics Leader) who has led the development and […]

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People

Andrew Briggs Named VP Marketing & Product Management at Yokohama Tire

Andrew Briggs Named VP Marketing & Product Management at Yokohama Tire

| October 19, 2017

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) announced that Andrew Briggs has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of marketing & product management. Briggs, who will report to Jeff Barna, YTC’s COO, replaces Fred Koplin, senior director of marketing and motorsports, who has retired after 12 years with YTC. Briggs has been with Yokohama […]

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Anthony Fina Named VP Business Development for LeasePlan

Anthony Fina Named VP Business Development for LeasePlan

| October 16, 2017

LeasePlan USA recently named Anthony Fina as the new vice president of business development in the Northeast region. Fina takes the place of longtime LeasePlan sales veteran, Gerry Tellier, who was promoted to senior vice president of business development – east. “Gerry has been successful in his territory over the years, rising to the top […]

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Paul Conibear Joins E-ZOIL Regional Sales Manager

Paul Conibear Joins E-ZOIL Regional Sales Manager

| October 11, 2017

E-ZOIL, manufacturer of performance-enhancing fuel additives and cleaning solutions, has announced the hiring of Paul Conibear as the company’s newest regional sales manager. As the national sales manager for E-ZOIL, he will report to Bill Morgan and cover the six states of New England along with Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Conibear has owned […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Ryder Acquires Dallas Service Center, Expanding Fleet Maintenance Network

Ryder Acquires Dallas Service Center, Expanding Fleet Maintenance Network

| October 12, 2017

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, transportation, and supply chain solutions, has completed the acquisition of all outstanding equity of Dallas Service Center, Inc. (DSC), an independent truck repair facility located in Dallas, Texas. Ryder intends to operate the business under the name Ryder Dallas Service Center, maintaining its current service offering […]

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New Pro Truck 2D Wheel Balancer for Trucks, Buses and Passenger Vehicles

New Pro Truck 2D Wheel Balancer for Trucks, Buses and Passenger Vehicles

| October 2, 2017

Wheel balancers have gone high tech. The new R544 Pro Truck 2D wheel balancer from Rotary,  features a microprocessor with self-calibration and self-diagnostic features. It also has specific balancing programs for static, dynamic and light alloy/aluminum wheels. According to the company “one single spin with low rotation speed provides all the necessary values.” The R544 […]

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Transervice Selected for Fleet Maintenance Service in Massachusetts

Transervice Selected for Fleet Maintenance Service in Massachusetts

| September 26, 2017

Transervice Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of customized transportation solutions, has been selected by Dennison Lubricants, Inc. to provide maintenance services to a fleet of approximately 61 vehicles, including straight trucks, tractors, trailers and material handling equipment delivering lubricants, greases and oils to the New England marketplace. Jim Lavery, Transervice’s Director of Business Development for New […]

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Fuel & Oil

Environmentalists Decry New House Legislation on Fuel Economy Standards

Environmentalists Decry New House Legislation on Fuel Economy Standards

| October 12, 2017

Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced new legislation that, according to environmentalists, would weaken federal fuel economy standards. The bill aligns with provisions outlined in legislation introduced in the Senate that would give automakers concessions that could undermine public health protections and the future competitiveness of American manufacturers, a leading group noted. […]

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New Trucks From Volvo Running on Liquid or Biogas

New Trucks From Volvo Running on Liquid or Biogas

| October 5, 2017

Volvo Trucks is now introducing Euro 6-compliant heavy duty trucks running on liquefied natural gas or biogas. According to the company, the trucks can cut CO2 emissions by 20 to 100 per cent. The goal is clear: With energy-efficient technology for gas-powered vehicles, Volvo Trucks is striving to make it possible to significantly reduce the […]

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Hot Shot Stiction Eliminator Reformulated for All Diesel Engines

Hot Shot Stiction Eliminator Reformulated for All Diesel Engines

| October 3, 2017

Hot Shot’s Secret Stiction Eliminator, first introduced in 2004 to resolve issues related to clogged or malfunctioning HEUI injectors for the 6.0 L Ford Power Stroke, is now available with a new formulation that removes, the company claims, “close to 100% stiction from any gas or diesel engine – Audi, Volkswagen, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Cummins, […]

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Wheels & Tires

Total Fleet Tire from Michelin with $400 Guarantee

Total Fleet Tire from Michelin with $400 Guarantee

| September 28, 2017

Michelin is on a roll, announcing what it calls “a total solution for fleet products and services including the new MICHELIN XDA Energy +, a dual drive-position tire for line-haul applications.” Available immediately, the new XDAEnergy + is a dual drive-position tire designed for fleets and owner-operators who are focused on fuel savings to reduce […]

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New Low Rolling-resistance Retread for Wide-base, Drive-position Tires from Oliver

New Low Rolling-resistance Retread for Wide-base, Drive-position Tires from Oliver

| September 15, 2017

Oliver Rubber Company, LLC, (Oliver) has announced the launch of the Oliver Ultra Low Profile (ULP) Vantage Drive, a new SmartWay®-verified, wide-base, drive-axle position retread for line haul and regional commercial-truck applications. Designed to deliver superior traction and wear, it is well suited for 18-wheel vehicles. “Keeping America’s goods and freight moving is critical for […]

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Continental Debuts Remote Digital Tire Monitoring

Continental Debuts Remote Digital Tire Monitoring

| September 15, 2017

Continental is debuting a remote, digital tire monitoring platform at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 25-29. The platform, one of the first of its kind in the U.S. and Canadian markets, provides an efficient solution for remote tire monitoring of an entire fleet. Digital tire monitoring technology allows fleets […]

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Green

Hyliion Rolls with Electric Hybrid Product for Class 8 Trucks

Hyliion Rolls with Electric Hybrid Product for Class 8 Trucks

| October 19, 2017

Hyliion, the Class 8 vehicle hybrizing company, has announced the production of 6X4HE System for long haul trucks will begin in November 2017.  Hyliion claims the system is easily installed on new or retrofitted on existing trucks and delivers fuel savings, lower emissions, instant telematics and a better driver experience. The 6X4HE easily attached to […]

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Scania Builds Bus Range for Alternative Fuels

Scania Builds Bus Range for Alternative Fuels

| October 19, 2017

At Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium, Scania has unveiled the hybrid Interlink Low Decker and is also premiering the battery electric Citywide bus. With the addition of hybrid technology, the company reports that it “now meets the entire scope of alternatives for suburban and intercity operations.” Here’s what’s new: The Scania Interlink Low Decker is presently […]

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Clean Energy Fuels Breaks Ground on CNG Fueling Station in the  Bronx

Clean Energy Fuels Breaks Ground on CNG Fueling Station in the Bronx

| October 19, 2017

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America; the City of New York; and community leaders broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx that will fuel multiple fleets operating across the city. According to the […]

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Recent News

Intel and Mobileye Strive to Prove Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Intel and Mobileye Strive to Prove Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

| October 19, 2017

Speaking recently at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, South Korea, professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO and Intel senior vice president, offered the autonomous driving industry what they claim to be a way to prove the safety of autonomous vehicles. The solution, published in an academic paper and a layman’s summary paper, provides a formal, […]

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Truck Driving School Records Now Available

Truck Driving School Records Now Available

| October 18, 2017

Driver iQ, provider of background screening and driver monitoring services to the trucking industry, has announced it is offering access to Truck Driving School Records. The offering will allow carriers to access driving school records as part of the pre-employment screening process. Today the Driving School Records database currently has more than 57,000 graduation records […]

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Spot Flatbed Rates Continue to Climb

Spot Flatbed Rates Continue to Climb

| October 18, 2017

The availability of spot truckload freight fell 10% while the number of trucks posted gained 7% during the week ending Oct. 14, reported DAT Solutions. The combination of fewer loads and more available capacity helped send load-to-truck ratios lower compared to the previous week: – Van: 5.4 available loads per truck, down 17% – Flatbed: […]

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Garmin GPS Speaks with Amazon Alexa

Garmin GPS Speaks with Amazon Alexa

| October 18, 2017

Garmin has announced Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, an in-vehicle device providing hands-free access to the Amazon Alexa voice service and turn-by-turn GPS navigation from Garmin. By utilizing Amazon’s cloud-based Alexa voice service in a device designed specifically for the car, customers can enjoy hands-free music, audiobooks, and directions streamed through a vehicle’s stereo. At just […]

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Geotab Registers ELD Solution with FMCSA

Geotab Registers ELD Solution with FMCSA

| October 18, 2017

Geotab, a leader in telematics, announced that its electronic logging device (ELD) solution, Geotab Cloud ELD, is now registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Here’s why it’s so important: A reliable fleet compliance management platform for monitoring and recording Hours of Service (HOS), should ease customer implementation of the ELD mandate which aims to improve […]

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Cummins Acquires Energy Storage Technology

Cummins Acquires Energy Storage Technology

| October 18, 2017

Cummins Inc. announced that it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, Inc., which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications. Here’s what’s significant: Adding Brammo’s battery pack expertise and energy storage technology is an important milestone in Cummins’ efforts to become a global electrified power leader. Founded in 2002, Brammo has focused […]

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New Electric Bus from Volvo with Greater Range

New Electric Bus from Volvo with Greater Range

| October 17, 2017

Volvo Buses is launching a new version of its 100% electric bus, the Volvo 7900 Electric with significantly extended range and more charging options. So what’s special? Battery capacity, in particular, has been significantly extended. The new Volvo 7900 Electric bus is available with a choice of 150, 200 and 250 kWh. This means that […]

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Updated Approach for Diesel Engines to Reduce Downtime, Boost Efficiency

Updated Approach for Diesel Engines to Reduce Downtime, Boost Efficiency

| October 17, 2017

InTu Mobility, a technology advisory firm that specializes in helping companies transport and track goods, announced today the launch of its new DIESEL I.O. Intelligent Optimization solution for heavy-duty diesel engines, created to eliminate complex diesel engines issues caused by emission control features and specifically aftertreatment systems. Here’s the setup: Emission control features and aftertreatment […]

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Gorilla Safety to Help Small Fleets and Owner Operators Adopt ELDs

Gorilla Safety to Help Small Fleets and Owner Operators Adopt ELDs

| October 17, 2017

Gorilla Safety, a software solution provider that automates all aspects of fleet and safety management, announced that is helping fleets prepare for the December 18, 2017 deadline when, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) become mandatory for motor carriers and commercial drivers. The impending ruling allows for three […]

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Up To Speed: Weather Advancements for Fleet Tech

Up To Speed: Weather Advancements for Fleet Tech

| October 17, 2017

BY: John Bosse, Offering Manager, Ground Transportation, The Weather Company   As commercial trucks get increasingly computerized, so too do the operations that schedule their time, load their beds, and map their routes. Using state-of-the-art technological solutions, fleet managers can now adjust to and account for traffic and weather concerns to optimize fuel management, maximize […]

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