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Spireon Debuts First Modular Trailer Tracker for Mixed Fleets

Spireon Debuts First Modular Trailer Tracker for Mixed Fleets

| February 20, 2018

Spireon, a company that specializes in  vehicle intelligence, has released what it is billing as “the industry’s first modular trailer tracking solution.”  Called  FL Flex, it is the latest in its FleetLocate product line. Spireon’s FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and […]

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Celadon Upgrades CelaTrac Freight Tracking Software

Celadon Upgrades CelaTrac Freight Tracking Software

| February 20, 2018

Celadon Group, Inc. released open beta testing recently to all users for the company’s newly updated customer load-tracking platform, CelaTrac. Here’s what’s new: CelaTrac is an online platform for Celadon’s customers to track real-time shipments across North America from origin to destination. In addition to load tracking, users can retrieve proof-of-delivery and bill-of-lading images, as […]

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Telematics Providers Focus on New Mobile Apps

Telematics Providers Focus on New Mobile Apps

| February 8, 2018

As the telematics market heats up, players of all sizes are focusing on mobile applications. Consider: Chevin Fleet Solutions, a leading global provider of fleet management software, has unveiled its new data collection app, FleetWave Forms, which claims to deliver an  “advanced level of code-free customization for more than just fleet.” Forms, Chevin Fleet Solutions […]

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People

ACT Research Names Funmi Ige-Wright as Research Director

ACT Research Names Funmi Ige-Wright as Research Director

| February 19, 2018

Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research, Co., LLC, announced that Funmi Ige-Wright has joined the firm in the position of Research Director. “We are pleased to welcome Funmi to ACT Research. Having worked with her over the past decade, we know the strong analytical skills she brings to the job. In her capacity as Research Director, […]

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Irena Dmitry Named Director of MarCom at Driving Dynamics

Irena Dmitry Named Director of MarCom at Driving Dynamics

| February 16, 2018

Driving Dynamics Inc., a provider of advanced performance driver safety training and risk management services for fleet-based organizations throughout North America announced that Irena Dmitry has moved into the role of  director of marketing and communications, reporting to Art Liggio, president and CEO. A seasoned B2B marketing professional with experience managing multi-channel traditional and digital […]

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Cummins Taps Rob Neitzke as New Leader OEM Business

Cummins Taps Rob Neitzke as New Leader OEM Business

| February 15, 2018

Rob Neitzke has been named by Cummins Inc. as the new executive director of Cummins’ On-Highway North American Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) business. In his new position, Neitzke will direct the company’s OEM relationships in North America from both a strategic  and commercial perspective. Previously, Neitzke led Cummins Westport from 2015 through 2017. Under his leadership, the […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Extreme Weather and New Engines Drive Demand for Stertil-Koni SKYLIFT Wash Bay

Extreme Weather and New Engines Drive Demand for Stertil-Koni SKYLIFT Wash Bay

| February 20, 2018

The combination of extreme weather conditions and new engines that tend to run hotter has increased the demand across North America for vehicle lifts that are specifically engineered for wash bay conditions – this according to a new industry overview from Stertil-Koni, the leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts. Here’s what’s fueling the change: “When […]

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New Multipurpose Adapters from Stertil-Koni Add Versatility to HD Mobile Column Lifts

New Multipurpose Adapters from Stertil-Koni Add Versatility to HD Mobile Column Lifts

| February 6, 2018

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has announced the introduction of a new series of universal multipurpose fork adapters engineered to increase the versatility, utility and performance of the company’s very popular mobile column lifts. What’s particularly noteworthy is that in many instances, by employing Stertil-Koni multipurpose adapters, the user can achieve front and rear […]

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New Auto Code Readers from Zurich Automotive

New Auto Code Readers from Zurich Automotive

| January 22, 2018

Zurich, a new line of professional automotive diagnostic tools for the master technician, is now available at Harbor Freight Tools. The Zurich OBD2 Code Readers are engineered to provide precise measurements and readings, making complex vehicle diagnostic systems easy to understand and fix. All Zurich readers diagnose and clear trouble codes and lights on virtually […]

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Training

Instructional Technologies Provides Training for Truckers Against Trafficking

Instructional Technologies Provides Training for Truckers Against Trafficking

| February 20, 2018

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), announced it is offering the Certified TAT (CTAT) Training Program from Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) as part of its unlimited client subscription service. “There is a real need for the issue of human trafficking to be addressed by the trucking industry and ITI is very pleased to be able to support […]

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NAFA Panel to Feature Latest Mobility and Tech Advances in Fleets

NAFA Panel to Feature Latest Mobility and Tech Advances in Fleets

| January 29, 2018

Want to know what’s happening on the tech and mobility front in the fleet space from the experts? Check out what  NAFA Fleet Management Association is providing.  The vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association has announces it will hold a unique panel of top automobile executives that will reveal the significant mobility and technological improvements […]

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Driving Dynamics Launches Mobile-Ready eLearning for Light to HD Vehicle Operators

Driving Dynamics Launches Mobile-Ready eLearning for Light to HD Vehicle Operators

| January 28, 2018

Driving Dynamics, a provider of advanced performance driver safety training for fleet-based organizations in North America has launched a new learning management system (LMS) and the availability of its online driver safety lessons in U.S English, American Spanish and Canadian French. Under its new DrivActiv digital services brand, Driving Dynamics’ elearning service is now optimized […]

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Fuel & Oil

Gas Prices Rise Once Again

Gas Prices Rise Once Again

| February 5, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.605 vs. $2.579 one month  ago and $2.270 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $2.998 vs. $2.972 last month and […]

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Gas Prices Up Again, Drip by Drip

Gas Prices Up Again, Drip by Drip

| February 2, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.601 vs. $2.571one month  ago and $2.277 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $2.992 vs. $2.958 last month and $2.510 […]

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DENSO Enhances Diesel Particulate Filter Program

DENSO Enhances Diesel Particulate Filter Program

| January 26, 2018

DENSO Products and Services Americas has announced what it is describing as significant improvements to its PowerEdge Diesel Aftertreatment Program. Key among the changes is expanded coverage for diesel particular filters and coming this spring full coverage for diesel oxidation catalysts. “We recognized the need for an all-new program as costs associated with core management […]

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Green

XL Hybrids  New Ship-Through Codes for Chevrolet, GMC Commercial Vehicles

XL Hybrids New Ship-Through Codes for Chevrolet, GMC Commercial Vehicles

| February 20, 2018

XL Hybrids, Inc., a leader in connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced that new ship-through codes are available for its XLH hybrid-electric system on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans and cutaways. As part of the strategic agreement, fleet managers can seamlessly order and take delivery of XLH-upfitted Chevrolet […]

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Thor Trucks Shocks Competition With Electric Semi

Thor Trucks Shocks Competition With Electric Semi

| February 15, 2018

In an attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions, an upstart company called Thor Trucks has unveiled its prototype Electric Truck. Currently, heavy freight transportation is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas. Since 2015, transportation has been the biggest share of California’s climate emissions, with heavy-duty vehicles accounting for 7.4 percent of total emissions. […]

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Musk Claims Tesla to Produce 100,000 Electric Class 8 Trucks Yearly

Musk Claims Tesla to Produce 100,000 Electric Class 8 Trucks Yearly

| February 15, 2018

Within the next four years, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of  Tesla, predicts the company will produce at 100,000 new electric Class 8 trucks a year. Speaking after the dramatic launch of the SpaceX rocket, Musk stressed that “100,000 units a year is a reasonable expectation. Maybe more, but that’s the right – roughly the right […]

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Recent News

Kubota Sidekick Makes its Debut with Power

Kubota Sidekick Makes its Debut with Power

| February 16, 2018

America’s Best Selling Diesel Utility Vehicle Company Unveils its Fastest Utility Vehicle Yet. At the National Farm Machinery Show, Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled the new Kubota RTV-XG850 Sidekick. The vehicles is Kubota’s fastest utility vehicle yet, with a 48 horsepower gasoline engine, delivering speeds of up to 40 mph, compared to the top speed of […]

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Could Thermal Cameras Be The Key To Safer Autonomous Vehicles?

Could Thermal Cameras Be The Key To Safer Autonomous Vehicles?

| February 15, 2018

While currently most self-driving prototype vehicles utilize a plethora of tools from radar to ultrasonic sensors to process their surroundings, an Israeli startup known as Adasky worries that thermal cameras are being overlooked. With this in mind, the young startup has unveiled its built a thermal camera for a demo vehicle. Their device passively collects […]

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D.C. Launches Autonomous Vehicles Pilot Project

D.C. Launches Autonomous Vehicles Pilot Project

| February 15, 2018

The local government of Washington, D.C. formed a think tank to prepare for the imminent spread of autonomous vehicles.  It’s DC, right?  Why not another think tank. In any event, the pilot project will attempt to design a program that will regulate self-driving vehicles. Thus, the project will be made up of city staff with […]

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New York Fleet Deploys Orange EV Yard Truck

New York Fleet Deploys Orange EV Yard Truck

| February 15, 2018

Sonwil Distribution Center deployed the Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal truck at its 300,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Buffalo, New York. Building both new and remanufactured vehicles, Orange EV designs and manufactures each truck to customer specifications. Orange EV’s electric terminal truck solution includes not only trucks, but also charging capabilities, training, telematics and more. […]

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Surveillance Drone Fleets Deployed After Shots Fired

Surveillance Drone Fleets Deployed After Shots Fired

| February 15, 2018

Earlier this week, the mayor of Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, proposed a drone fleet that would automatically survey areas after guns are fired. The city would detect firearm discharges using its existing ShotSpotter system, and immediately send the drone fleet to the area, potentially before emergency responders are even called.  If the city receives the […]

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Oregon Lawmakers Slam the Brakes on Autonomous Vehicles

Oregon Lawmakers Slam the Brakes on Autonomous Vehicles

| February 15, 2018

Concerned with public safety, legislators from Oregon withdrew a proposal that would have permitted autonomous vehicles on state roads. The House Transportation Policy committee unanimously voted to substitute an amendment that replaced proposed rules for the autonomous vehicles with a study group. That group would report to the Legislature in the fall. At the meeting, Legislators […]

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Volvo Trucks’ North American Dealer Network Surpasses 100 Certified Uptime Centers

Volvo Trucks’ North American Dealer Network Surpasses 100 Certified Uptime Centers

| February 15, 2018

Volvo Trucks’ North American dealer network now includes more than 100 Certified Uptime Centers to help maximize uptime through greater service bay availability and standardized processes that lead to expedited check-in and repair times. “Post-purchase support is vital and our Volvo Certified Uptime Centers show that we’re serious about our business partnerships and supporting maximum […]

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The EPA Awards $1 million To Replace Older Diesel Trucks

The EPA Awards $1 million To Replace Older Diesel Trucks

| February 15, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision a $1 million grant to reduce harmful emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks and city-owned utility equipment that operates in metro Detroit. Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, a nonprofit that works with the community on environmental issues, will use the funds to help: private short-haul vehicles […]

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Georgia Pursues Truck-Only Highway

Georgia Pursues Truck-Only Highway

| February 15, 2018

According to The Georgia Department of Transportation, they hope to construct the first toll-free, truck-only highway in the United States. For this $1.8 billion. project, The Georgia Department of Transportation hopes to construct roughly 40 miles of new truck-only highway near Interstate 75 around the Atlanta area. State officials noted that the project is expected […]

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Minimizer Adds 2 North American Regional Managers with Industry Experience

Minimizer Adds 2 North American Regional Managers with Industry Experience

| February 9, 2018

Minimizer, a leader in poly semi-truck fenders, has announced the addition of Brian Purcell and Mitch Hollifield as the company’s new North American Regional Sales Managers. Purcell will oversee the North American Western based sales team and Hollifield the North American Eastern based sales team.  “In their new roles, Brian and Mitch will oversee a […]

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LightningElectric Gets Nod from NY Truck-Voucher Incentive Program

LightningElectric Gets Nod from NY Truck-Voucher Incentive Program

| February 9, 2018

Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, has announced that its new LightningElectric zero-emissions package for the Ford Transit 350HD has been approved for the New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP). In partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Department of […]

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XPO Logistics Announces Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results​

XPO Logistics Announces Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results​

| February 9, 2018

XPO Logistics, Inc. has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. Revenue was $4.19 billion for the quarter, compared with $3.68 billion for the same period in 2016. Revenue increased year-over-year by $555.2 million, excluding fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $37.9 million from the North American truckload unit divested in October […]

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Cooper Tire Inks Deal with Sailun Vietnam for Production of Truck and Bus Radial Tires

Cooper Tire Inks Deal with Sailun Vietnam for Production of Truck and Bus Radial Tires

| February 9, 2018

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has entered into a multi-year manufacturing offtake agreement with Sailun Vietnam Co., Ltd. for the production of Truck and Bus Radial (TBR) tires for global markets. The offtake agreement gives Cooper a third global source of TBR tire production to meet growing customer needs. Tires will be manufactured under the […]

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Prevost / Nova Bus to Offer Next Gen FuelSense from Allison Transmission

Prevost / Nova Bus to Offer Next Gen FuelSense from Allison Transmission

| February 9, 2018

Prevost / Nova Bus announced that it will offer FuelSense® 2.0 featuring DynActive™ Shifting — a  fuel-saving technology from Allison Transmission that is designed to deliver up to 6 percent additional fuel savings beyond the company’s original FuelSense software. Through a set of proprietary software enhancements, the new FuelSense 2.0 technology uses DynActive Shifting to […]

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TBC Introduces New Tire for Severe Trailer Applications

TBC Introduces New Tire for Severe Trailer Applications

| February 9, 2018

TBC Brands, one of the largest distributors of private brand tires in North America, continues the rapid expansion of the Sailun program with the introduction of the new S668, a regional all position tire for use in the most severe trailer applications. The line is offered exclusively in the U.S. by TBC Brands. The S668 […]

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50 Contestants Take on Toughest Truck Obstacle Course on TV Series

50 Contestants Take on Toughest Truck Obstacle Course on TV Series

| February 8, 2018

It’s truck versus terrain, as 50 truck owners from across the United States compete in grueling challenges that test their ingenuity and driving ability in HISTORY’s new ten-episode nonfiction competition series, “Truck Night in America” premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 10PM ET/PT.  With the assistance of four experts, owners will compete for the chance to […]

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Xpress Global Taps TCG  for LTL Cost Information System

Xpress Global Taps TCG for LTL Cost Information System

| February 8, 2018

TCG, an SMC³ company and provider of activity-based costing and Profitability Management Tools™ for truckload and less-than-truckload motor carriers, has announced that Xpress Global Systems is implementing its LTL Cost Information System (LTL/CIS). “TCG’s reputation for providing cost information that can be used to accurately analyze costs and confidently adjust our operation and pricing will […]

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Cooper Tire to Open New Mississippi Distribution Center

Cooper Tire to Open New Mississippi Distribution Center

| February 8, 2018

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company will expand its product distribution network in the United States with the opening of a new 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Byhalia, Miss. The company will lease the facility, which is currently under construction and is slated to open in the fall of this year. It is anticipated that the project […]

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CX North America Expands Driver Mobile App

CX North America Expands Driver Mobile App

| February 8, 2018

CX North America Information Services Inc., a leader in freight services for the transportation industry, has launched a mobile app designed to enhance visibility and enable communication from booking to Proof of Delivery. It also allows drivers to create and electronically send instant, high-quality bill of lading documents in PDF format for immediate invoicing. After […]

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eCommerce Car-buying Platform Enters Charleston, South Carolina

eCommerce Car-buying Platform Enters Charleston, South Carolina

| February 8, 2018

Carvana, a leading eCommerce platform for buying used cars, is bringing a new way to buy a car to the oldest and largest city in South Carolina: Charleston.  By visiting Carvana.com Charleston area residents can shop more than 10,000 vehicles, finance, purchase and even trade in their current vehicle in as little as 10 minutes. […]

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Dan Curtis Tapped as President of BNSF Logistics

Dan Curtis Tapped as President of BNSF Logistics

| February 8, 2018

BNSF Logistics LLC, a leading multi-modal third-party logistics service provider, has  announced that Dan Curtis has been named President, effective immediately. Curtis has served as BNSF Logistics’ Chief Operating Officer since 2014 and has more than 15 years of experience in the transportation and logistics space. During his time as COO, Curtis led the over-the-road […]

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Spot Rates Drop into February

Spot Rates Drop into February

| February 7, 2018

National average spot truckload rates continued to decline as the number of available loads slipped nearly 6% during the week ending Feb. 3, said DAT Solutions. The number of truck posts increased 3%, which helped push dry van and refrigerated load-to-truck ratios down to near mid-December levels, before the mandate on electronic logging devices took effect: Van: […]

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ExxonMobil Invests in On-Demand Vehicle Care Startup

ExxonMobil Invests in On-Demand Vehicle Care Startup

| February 7, 2018

ExxonMobil has invested into Yoshi Inc., a Silicon Valley startup offering on-demand fuel delivery and vehicle care service. As a leading strategic investor in what appears to be a classic forward integration play,  ExxonMobil gains a voting seat on the board of directors and will now provide Yoshi Inc. with high-quality fuels and lubricant products. […]

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Cummins Debuts Real-time Filtration Monitoring System

Cummins Debuts Real-time Filtration Monitoring System

| February 7, 2018

Real-time fleet engine monitoring is about to take a giant leap into the connect future with the announcement that Cummins Filtration has debuted FleetguardFIT, the first complete real-time filtration monitoring system that provides customers full visibility to filter and oil life through the use of intelligent sensing and advanced data analytics. Here’s what’s cool: This […]

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TomTom Launches Personalized Audio Traffic Bulletins

TomTom Launches Personalized Audio Traffic Bulletins

| February 7, 2018

TomTom has announced the launch of TomTom Audio Traffic – personalized and relevant traffic reports delivered over voice to drivers in a non-intrusive way. Audio Traffic is available as an Application Programming Interface (API) for developers. Although personalized traffic information is one of the most requested features by daily commuters driving known routes, they don’t […]

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