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Connected Fleet News

Self-Driving Cars Could Open 2 Million New Jobs for People with Disabilities

Self-Driving Cars Could Open 2 Million New Jobs for People with Disabilities

| January 12, 2017

As fleet industry experts consider the benefits of autonomous vehicles, a new study to be published the week of January 16th from Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and the Ruderman Family Foundation reveals that two million employment opportunities could be opened up, and $19 billion in annual healthcare expenditures could be saved, if individuals with […]

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Omnitracs Adds Mobile App to Virtual Load View Delivering Real-time Data, Enhances Tracking

Omnitracs Adds Mobile App to Virtual Load View Delivering Real-time Data, Enhances Tracking

| January 10, 2017

Omnitracs, LLC, a global pioneer of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, announced today the addition of a mobile application to its Virtual Load View (VLV) product, a solution that replaces manual tracking of shipments by providing access to real-time data, including the ability to improve tracking and identify when loads are falling […]

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Autonomous Vehicle Cross-Country Road Tour Rolls in January

Autonomous Vehicle Cross-Country Road Tour Rolls in January

| January 10, 2017

The Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21.org) has announced plans for a coast-to-coast autonomous vehicle road trip, beginning later this month in Atlanta, GA.   The Washington, D.C.-based association advocates on behalf of the transportation technology industry to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies that he says “will reduce traffic deaths, improve the flow of urban commutes, safely […]

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People

Vikram Pawah Appointed as President of BMW Group India

Vikram Pawah Appointed as President of BMW Group India

| January 13, 2017

Vikram Pawah (45) has been appointed President of BMW Group India effective 1st March 2017. Pawah brings more than twenty five years of international experience, both in the automotive and non-automotive industry. He started his career at Jay Engineering Works, India and has held multiple leadership positions within Honda Cars in India and Australia. Most recently, he was the Managing […]

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ATA CEO Spear Named to Fed Panel on Transportation Automation

ATA CEO Spear Named to Fed Panel on Transportation Automation

| January 12, 2017

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear has been named a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s transportation automation advisory committee. Noted Spear: “Trucking is vital to the U.S. economy and an important part of our transportation system, so it is imperative that trucking and this association have a seat at the table when it […]

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Jeff Allen Joins Hubb Filters as VP of Channel Development

Jeff Allen Joins Hubb Filters as VP of Channel Development

| January 11, 2017

HUBB Filters has announced the hiring of Jeff Allen as its new vice president of channel development.  Allen will report to HUBB CEO Scott Killips and will be responsible for developing strategies for the commercial and municipal fleet channels on a national basis, along with building out the companies wholesale distribution strategy. Before joining HUBB, Allen […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Stertil-Koni Goes Big with New Vehicle Lift: ST 1130 Capacity is 29,000 lbs. per Column

Stertil-Koni Goes Big with New Vehicle Lift: ST 1130 Capacity is 29,000 lbs. per Column

| January 13, 2017

Vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has once again demonstrated why it is the recognized innovator in the heavy duty lifting industry with the introduction of the ST 1130 mobile column lift – featuring a lifting capacity of 29,000 lbs. per column and 116,000 lbs. for a set of four. This new model is engineered to deliver […]

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Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan May Boost Use of Replacement Vehicle Lifts

Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan May Boost Use of Replacement Vehicle Lifts

| January 3, 2017

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni anticipates President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure plans will play a significant role in reshaping the municipal, transit and industrial fleet industry and their maintenance facilities. Here’s why: Saddled with aging or obsolete in-ground vehicle lifts, coupled with larger, newer transportation vehicles that run hotter and have to be expertly serviced […]

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Vac-Con Taps Stertil-Koni to Help Inspect New Sewer Cleaners, Hydro Excavators, and More

Vac-Con Taps Stertil-Koni to Help Inspect New Sewer Cleaners, Hydro Excavators, and More

| December 14, 2016

While most customers of heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni purchase lifts for speedy maintenance, and to get their truck, bus, military or farm equipment back on the job quickly, Vac-Con Inc. uses the company’s award-winning lifts before their trucks are even delivered to the end use It’s all about testing and inspecting to ensure the […]

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Fuel & Oil

Perdue U. Part of National Effort to Reduce Fuel Consumption by 20%

Perdue U. Part of National Effort to Reduce Fuel Consumption by 20%

| January 13, 2017

Purdue University is leading part of a national effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption by 20 percent through automated systems that interconnect cars and trucks and the transportation infrastructure using sensors and online cloud technology. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced up to $32 million in funding for 10 […]

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Gas Prices Move Up

Gas Prices Move Up

| December 28, 2016

According to the latest Fleet News Daily report, fuel prices moved upwards over the past few days. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.286 vs. $2.246 one week ago and up significantly from $2.00 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a bit of the same.  One […]

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Consumers Union Applauds EPA’s Plan to Finalize Fuel Economy Standards

Consumers Union Applauds EPA’s Plan to Finalize Fuel Economy Standards

| December 28, 2016

The  public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports has given a big thumbs up to the  Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to finalize fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles through model year 2025. The group, Consumers Union, noted that individual “who purchase vehicles that meet the 2025 standard will benefit from a significant reduction in […]

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Wheels & Tires

Cooper Tire Adds to Roadmaster Line with New Size for Drop Deck Trailers

Cooper Tire Adds to Roadmaster Line with New Size for Drop Deck Trailers

| December 27, 2016

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced that it has added two new sizes to its Roadmaster RM272 commercial tire line, which is specifically engineered to withstand the demands of drop-deck trailers. The RM272 is now available in sizes 11R22.5 and 295/75R22.5. Designed to ward off irregular wear and damage due to curbing, the RM272 […]

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Traction Device Now Covers Wide Base Single Tires

Traction Device Now Covers Wide Base Single Tires

| December 2, 2016

AutoSock, a provider of an Alternative Traction Device (ATD) for passenger and commercial vehicles, has announced its product lines now cover several wide base single tires.  The patented textile cover ATD is available from McGee Company, the U.S. distributor of AutoSock products for Class 3-8 medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Offered in a range of sizes for U.S. and […]

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RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels Signs 58-Unit Franchise Deal

RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels Signs 58-Unit Franchise Deal

| November 11, 2016

Fast-growing tire and custom wheel franchise, RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels, has signed a franchise deal to bring 58 new locations to parts of the Southeast region within the next 10 years. RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels has carved out a unique niche in the tire and wheel industry. With its convenient, no […]

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Green

Autonomous Vehicle Cross-Country Road Tour Rolls in January

Autonomous Vehicle Cross-Country Road Tour Rolls in January

| January 10, 2017

The Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21.org) has announced plans for a coast-to-coast autonomous vehicle road trip, beginning later this month in Atlanta, GA.   The Washington, D.C.-based association advocates on behalf of the transportation technology industry to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies that he says “will reduce traffic deaths, improve the flow of urban commutes, safely […]

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Ford Promises 13 New Electric Vehicles in Five Years

Ford Promises 13 New Electric Vehicles in Five Years

| January 5, 2017

Ford is going electric — literally.  It has just detailed seven of the 13 new global electrified vehicles it plans to introduce in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the iconic F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected […]

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Sales of Electrified Heavy and Medium Trucks to top 332,000 in 10 Years

Sales of Electrified Heavy and Medium Trucks to top 332,000 in 10 Years

| January 4, 2017

A new report projects that global annual electrified powertrain medium and heavy duty truck sales are expected to grow by tenfold over the next years — from about 31,000 vehicles in 2016 to nearly 332,000 by 2026. Here’s what’s at play according to the authors, Navigant Research: As local and national governments impose stricter emissions […]

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Recent News

Bolt Systems Helps Fleets Meet Fed Sanitary Transportation Regulation

Bolt Systems Helps Fleets Meet Fed Sanitary Transportation Regulation

| January 16, 2017

For those fleets and carriers hauling perishable food that must meet a new federal regulation requiring the prevention of cross-contamination in between loads and the constant monitoring of load conditions during transit, BOLT System offers a fleet management solution. Here’s the scoop: Federal regulation enacted will soon require carriers to constantly monitor temperatures inside refrigerated […]

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Vehicle Dashboards Go Digital, Emulate Race Cars with New Ford Entry

Vehicle Dashboards Go Digital, Emulate Race Cars with New Ford Entry

| January 13, 2017

Vehicle dashboards are going digital and totally high tech. Consider what Ford is doing: Like the glass cockpit in airplanes and race cars, the all-new Ford GT features an all-digital instrument display in the car’s dashboard that quickly and easily presents information to the driver, based on five special driving modes. The 10-inch wide digital […]

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Navistar Inks Multi-Year deal with Dana for Driveline Components

Navistar Inks Multi-Year deal with Dana for Driveline Components

| January 12, 2017

Commercial bus and truck leader Navistar International Corporation has inked a multi-year commercial sales agreement with Dana for driveline components used in on-highway, city-delivery, bus, and vocational vehicles. Through this agreement, Navistar has access to the full range of Dana’s current driveline product offerings.  Further, Dana will remain the standard-position driveshaft supplier across all Navistar […]

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Click and Drive Partners with AlertDriving

Click and Drive Partners with AlertDriving

| January 11, 2017

AlertDriving is partnering with Click and Drive, a global provider of online driver training programs.  As an AlertDriving partner, Click and Drive will now add FleetDefenseSM to its portfolio of risk management solutions. Click and Drive offers online driver training, performance assessment and certification to fleets and individual drivers across the globe. “With FleetDefenseSM, Click and […]

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Mass transit Video Surveillance Group Turns 25

Mass transit Video Surveillance Group Turns 25

| January 11, 2017

If you think that video surveillance on mass transit vehicles is relatively new, check this out: Safety Vision, a leader in mobile video surveillance has notched its 25th year in business. The group provides custom tailored mobile video solutions to a variety of industries including mass transit, pupil transportation, law enforcement, first responders, and commercial trucking […]

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New Pallet Weight Scales from Fairbanks

New Pallet Weight Scales from Fairbanks

| January 11, 2017

Fairbanks Scales, a leader in weighing technology, has announced its series of pallet jack scales including the Pallet Weigh and the Pallet Weigh Plus, featuring gross/net weighing, summing, and automatic and manual zero correction. Fairbanks Scales’ Pallet Weigh pallet jack scale combines the functionality of a rugged pallet jack with advanced accuracy .  The Pallet Weigh can […]

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Headlights Get Smart with Built-In Sensors

Headlights Get Smart with Built-In Sensors

| January 10, 2017

Headlights are becoming a lot smarter these days thanks to Koito Manufacturing, the largest global maker of automotive headlights, and Quanergy Systems, a leading provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions. The companies have announced a collaboration to design an automotive headlight concept with built-in Quanergy S3 solid state LiDAR sensors. The plan looks […]

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