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Connected Fleet News

New Technologies to Reshape Care Sharing Safety and Security

New Technologies to Reshape Care Sharing Safety and Security

| February 24, 2017

OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading provider of embedded security software products and services, and Omoove, a company by Octo Telematics, a European leader in providing innovative technological solutions dedicated to shared mobility, has announced that they are joining forces to  increase security for car sharing services. The two companies will present EasyOpen, a service powered […]

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Telematics to Drive Growth of Connected Trucking-as-a-Service

Telematics to Drive Growth of Connected Trucking-as-a-Service

| February 23, 2017

As the freight industry leaves behind traditional brokering practices to adopt digital and automated platforms, the connected truck telematics market is going through a period of intense evolution, according to industry experts Digital freight matching solutions will bring about visibility in a disparate landscape, give rise to a truck-as-a-service (TaaS) business model, and drive numerous partnerships. In […]

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Omnitracs Debuts Roadnet Anywhere v4.4: Robust Analytical Tools, Savings via Route Optimization

Omnitracs Debuts Roadnet Anywhere v4.4: Robust Analytical Tools, Savings via Route Optimization

| February 9, 2017

Fleet management, routing and predictive analytics solutions leader, Omnitracs, LLC, has announced today the release of Roadnet Anywhere v4.4, which incorporates tools to quantify savings and analyze effectiveness of route optimization practices. The new Optimal Routes feature allows users to measure the effectiveness and impact of routing decisions on cost, time and distance. Users can […]

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People

Nikola Motor Company Hires Jonathan Spira as CFO

Nikola Motor Company Hires Jonathan Spira as CFO

| February 17, 2017

Nikola Motor Company has announced that Jonathan Spira has joined its executive management team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  Spira joins Nikola Motor at a time when the company is expanding rapidly and initiating its next round of funding in its plan to bring the first-ever zero emissions long-haul class 8 truck to market. “Jonathan’s […]

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CarGurus Appoints Tom Caputo as SVP of Product

CarGurus Appoints Tom Caputo as SVP of Product

| February 14, 2017

CarGurus, a leading automotive shopping platform, has announced that Tom Caputo has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Product.  Caputo, who most recently served as Chief Product Officer at Fiksu, will oversee worldwide product strategy and delivery for both Consumer and B2B and will lead the company’s product team. The new  appointment comes on the […]

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uShip Names Mike Williams New CEO

uShip Names Mike Williams New CEO

| February 10, 2017

uShip, an online shipping marketplace and freight automation software provider, has announced enterprise software veteran Mike Williams has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and board member. uShip also announced that Jim Martell, a 40-year veteran of the logistics industry, has been named Executive Chairman of uShip’s board. Martell served as uShip’s interim CEO since Dec. 1, […]

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Fleet Maintenance

New Transmission Jacks Lift Productivity in Maintenance Shops Nationwide

New Transmission Jacks Lift Productivity in Maintenance Shops Nationwide

| February 8, 2017

As buses and trucks grow ever larger and more complex, busy maintenance shops – particularly those serving transit agencies, public works departments and school districts – are demanding new technologies that make the work environment both more safe and productive, according to heavy duty vehicle lift experts, Stertil-Koni. One of the most pressing needs remains: […]

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New Commercial and Fleet Products Line from Lubricant Manufacturer

New Commercial and Fleet Products Line from Lubricant Manufacturer

| February 6, 2017

Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple® has introduced its new Commercial and Fleet Vehicle product line, offering top performance for a variety of commercial applications. The Commercial and Fleet Vehicle product line is specially formulated for fleetPremium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple® has introduced its new Commercial and Fleet Vehicle product line, offering top performance […]

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Chief Collision Repair System Now Available in  Custom Packages

Chief Collision Repair System Now Available in Custom Packages

| January 31, 2017

A collision repair system from  Chief, Chassis Liner Heavy-Duty Trucker, is now available from Chief distributors in custom packages to provide a cost-effective, versatile pulling package for repairing a wide range of heavy-duty vehicles, including trucks, trailers, buses and recreational vehicles.  The pulling system is built on a multi use platform so it can be customized to meet any heavy-duty shop’s needs for less than the […]

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Fuel & Oil

Price at the Pump Little Changed

Price at the Pump Little Changed

| February 20, 2017

According to the latest Fleet News Daily report, fuel prices were little changed recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.282 vs. $2.280 one week ago and up significantly from $1.717 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a bit of the same.  One gallon of Diesel […]

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New Fuel Optimization and Driver Assessment Tool for Fleets from Vnomics

New Fuel Optimization and Driver Assessment Tool for Fleets from Vnomics

| January 27, 2017

Fuel optimization and driver coaching provider for fleets, Vnomics, has announced a new balanced driver scoring model for True Fuel, its stand-alone, OEM agnostic fuel optimization solution. Called “True Fuel Score,” the approach includes distinct, normalized assessments of driver fuel efficiency in three key areas– engine control, speeding and idling– as well as a blended overall […]

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Telematics Attempts to Put Brakes on Fuel Theft

Telematics Attempts to Put Brakes on Fuel Theft

| January 24, 2017

An Australian manufacturer is using the equivalent of telematics, or what some call the “Internet of Things” (IoT), to put the brakes on fuel theft. Fluid Management Technology (FMT), based in Adelaide, South Australia, has developed a high-tech system that allows companies to remotely monitor gasoline consumption. The devices, which are being used in more […]

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Wheels & Tires

Yokohama Tire Launches OTR Radial All-Weather Tire

Yokohama Tire Launches OTR Radial All-Weather Tire

| February 20, 2017

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) is rolling out a new off-the-road (OTR) radial all-weather tire – the MYX S01, to be shown at the ConExpo show. In total, YTC will have five OTR and four commercial tires on display, and will also feature Y Trax™, its new tire data tracking software, as well as a “Score […]

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Goodyear Expands Services to Fleets

Goodyear Expands Services to Fleets

| February 6, 2017

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is expanding what it calls its “Total Solution” of products, a nationwide network, reliable services and fleet management tools — designed to help trucking fleets lower their operating costs.  New offerings include the Goodyear Endurance LHD premium long-haul tire, a new service management tool, and more. Goodyear’s nationwide network, […]

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Yokohama to Raise Prices 7 Percent on All Tires

Yokohama to Raise Prices 7 Percent on All Tires

| February 2, 2017

In what may be a harbinger of rising costs and inflation, Yokohama Tire Corporation announced that it will increase prices by up to 7 percent on all of its tires sold in the U.S., including consumer, commercial and off-the-road (OTR). The increase will go into effect April 1. “This pricing action is necessitated by the […]

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Green

Biodiesel in The Age of Trump

Biodiesel in The Age of Trump

| February 22, 2017

I believe that it’s fair to speculate that most historians will remember the year 2016 as the year that the American people elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of United States. The year 2016 was also, on a much smaller scale, one of the best years ever for marketers to blend biodiesel.  Biodiesel […]

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Workhorse Group Electric Trucks Attain 30 MPG

Workhorse Group Electric Trucks Attain 30 MPG

| February 20, 2017

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles, today announced that its electric delivery truck models are achieving 30+ miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) during stop-and-go parcel, bakery, and uniform delivery routes.  The company notes that “this is up to six times more fuel efficient than the typical 5-8 miles […]

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Non-slip Flooring Product Aims to Improve Safety for Bicyclists

Non-slip Flooring Product Aims to Improve Safety for Bicyclists

| February 15, 2017

SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring, a manufacturer of non-slip metal flooring products, wants to help bicyclists roll with much more safety. The company recently released a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) case study addressing bicycle lane safety. Here’s what happened: T.Y. Lin International, an architectural firm, was hired to study the inventory of metal grate bridges […]

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Recent News

SambaSafety Acquires Vigillo, Marks More Consolidation in Fleet Support

SambaSafety Acquires Vigillo, Marks More Consolidation in Fleet Support

| February 24, 2017

SambaSafety®, a leader of driver risk management solutions has acquired Vigillo, the top provider of real-time data for analyzing commercial driver and motor carrier safety performance. “Our regulated customers will benefit by utilizing a single risk identification and mitigation dashboard combining both MVR data and CSA data,” said Richard Crawford, CEO of SambaSafety. “Vigillo is the industry leader in […]

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Safety Vision Expands into Mexico

Safety Vision Expands into Mexico

| February 23, 2017

Safety Vision, a leading provider of mobile surveillance technology, has announced its expansion into Mexico. Safety Vision Mexico will become the newest subsidiary of Safety Vision Latin America, SRL, which provides recording systems and collision avoidance cameras to fleets in Panama, Nicaragua and other territories. Plans for the new location include an office with service […]

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CarriersEdge Adds Driver Surveys to Offerings

CarriersEdge Adds Driver Surveys to Offerings

| February 22, 2017

CarriersEdge, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry, has announced that customers now have the ability to conduct customized driver surveys on the CarriersEdge platform in order to gain valuable insight into company performance and driver satisfaction. “Every year when we produce the Best Fleets to Drive For […]

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January’s Class 8 Orders Accelerate, Medium Duty Remains Consistent

January’s Class 8 Orders Accelerate, Medium Duty Remains Consistent

| February 22, 2017

According to the latest industry findings, Class 8 backlogs moved in the right direction at the start of 2017. “Stronger orders, coupled with modest build, allowed backlogs to rise 7,600 units from December to 99,600 units,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research President and Senior Analyst. Heavy duty net orders jumped to a thirteen-month high in […]

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C.H. Robinson Expands Global Forwarding Footprint

C.H. Robinson Expands Global Forwarding Footprint

| February 22, 2017

Third party logistics provider C.H. Robinson is expanding its global forwarding footprint. The company recently opened new offices in Asia and Canada and acquired APC Logistics, a leading provider of freight forwarding and customs brokerage services in the Oceania region. These expansions have led to 15 new C.H. Robinson Global Forwarding offices. “As our customers […]

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LA Rates as World’s Most Congested City; NYC is # 3; San Francisco is # 4

LA Rates as World’s Most Congested City; NYC is # 3; San Francisco is # 4

| February 21, 2017

Is your fleet tied up in traffic more than ever?  Daily commute seem endless. Well, you might be right! According to a new report from the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecar, which analyzes and ranks the impact of traffic congestion in 1,064 cities across 38 countries worldwide – the largest ever study of its kind — […]

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Kenworth of South Florida Opens New Dealership in Naples

Kenworth of South Florida Opens New Dealership in Naples

| February 21, 2017

Kenworth of South Florida has opened a new 16,000-square-foot, Kenworth PremierCare(R) parts and service location featuring a 10-bay service shop and a 4,300-square-foot parts department. To celebrate the opening of the Naples dealership and its 10th anniversary as a Kenworth dealer, Kenworth of South Florida will hold a grand opening later in the first quarter […]

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Truckload Linehaul Index Dips

Truckload Linehaul Index Dips

| February 21, 2017

  The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, which tracks monthly changes in linehaul rates, declined 0.3% YoY in January after falling 0.9% and 1.5% in December and November respectively.  Although this represents eleven consecutive months of YoY declines, the drop in January was the smallest we’ve seen over that same time frame. After an extended period of […]

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Freight Signals Strong Economic Activity

Freight Signals Strong Economic Activity

| February 20, 2017

The uptick in freight suggests more robust economic activity ahead. Here’s what’s up: Both the Shipments and the Expenditures Indexes have now turned positive.  Throughout the U.S. economy, there is a growing number of data points that suggest that the worst is over and the economy is getting better. Some data points are simply less […]

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Flatbed Rates Keep Climbing

Flatbed Rates Keep Climbing

| February 17, 2017

The national average spot rate for flatbed freight hit $1.96/mile during the week ending Feb. 11, the fourth straight week of increases and a 4-cent jump compared to the previous week, said DAT Solutions. The number of flatbed load posts rose 11% while truck posts declined 1%. This sent the flatbed load-to-truck ratio up 13% to 24.6 loads per […]

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