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DAT Upgrades Freight Matching System

DAT Upgrades Freight Matching System

| December 8, 2016

DAT has announced a series of product launches designed to upgrade freight matching transactions on the company’s network, with a new DAT load board app for truckers and DAT OnBoard. Both,according to the company, help carriers to expedite key steps of the freight matching process in their cab on any device. So what’s new? The […]

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ProTrans International Enhances Third Party Logistics Software

ProTrans International Enhances Third Party Logistics Software

| December 7, 2016

JDA Software Group, has announced that third party logistics (3PL) provider ProTrans International,  will implement JDA® Transportation Modeler, to help boost transportation optimization. ProTrans, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., operates 24 service centers throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. is a non-asset-based North American logistics management company. The requirement was pressing: ProTrans needed a modeling solution that could […]

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Audi Makes Vehicles Smarter, Links with Infrastructure

Audi Makes Vehicles Smarter, Links with Infrastructure

| December 7, 2016

Vehicles are indeed getting smarter and Audi is pushing the effort with the launch of what it claims is the first vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology, beginning in Las Vegas. Here’s what’s cool: Traffic Light Information, an Audi connect PRIME feature, is available on select 2017 Audi A4, Q7 & allroad® models, and enables the car to […]

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People

McDonald Transit Names New President, Blaine Rigler

McDonald Transit Names New President, Blaine Rigler

| December 7, 2016

McDonald Transit Associates has announced that  Blaine Rigler has been named president of McDonald Transit, a leader in public transit for four decades and providing management services at 32 locations in 17 states across the U.S. Rigler will begin serving as president effective immediately as he replaces Ken Fischer, Senior Vice President of Business Development, who […]

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DENSO Names David H. Williams Director of OE Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning

DENSO Names David H. Williams Director of OE Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning

| December 7, 2016

Automotive supplier DENSO has promoted David H. Williams to director ofOriginal Equipment Sales(OES), Marketing and Strategic Planning. In the newly created position, Williams will oversee all aspects of DENSOs original equipment service sales, product development and original equipment service parts while continuing to manage the companys Marketing and Strategic Planning departments. “David Williams is a dynamic […]

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Tobias Waldeck Named VP Sales, Marketing and Remarketing at  Daimler Truck Financial U.S.

Tobias Waldeck Named VP Sales, Marketing and Remarketing at Daimler Truck Financial U.S.

| December 1, 2016

Daimler Truck Financial has announced that Tobias Waldeck has been named Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Remarketing for Daimler Truck Financial. The group provides a broad range of financial and insurance services to support Daimler Trucks North America’s commercial vehicle brands, which include: Freightliner; Western Star; Thomas Built Buses; Mitsubishi Fuso; and Sprinter. Waldeck joined […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Kenworth Expands Dealership in Oklahoma

Kenworth Expands Dealership in Oklahoma

| December 5, 2016

Kenworth has relocated its full-service dealership in Ardmore, Oklahoma to a newly constructed 51,000-square-foot facility located less than one mile from Exit 33 on I-35.  Here’s what’s special: Kenworth Ardmore’s parking lot can now accommodate nearly 60 trucks and provides drivers with more room to maneuver and park their trucks. The new facility features a 22-bay […]

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Kenworth Truck Centers Opens Expanded Dealership in Ontario

Kenworth Truck Centers Opens Expanded Dealership in Ontario

| November 23, 2016

Kenworth Truck Centers of Ontario recently celebrated the opening of a new, spacious and state-of-the-art 40,000-square-foot facility in Cambridge to replace its former Kitchener dealership.  The new dealership location features eight drive-through service bays with enough stalls to service up to 16 trucks, including one bay dedicated for natural gas-powered trucks. It also has a […]

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Lloyd’s Register Acquires Data-based Asset Manager, RTAMO

Lloyd’s Register Acquires Data-based Asset Manager, RTAMO

| November 14, 2016

Lloyd’s Register, a global engineering, technical and business services group, has acquired RTAMO, a software-focused consulting firm based in Aberdeen which provides data-driven approaches that are designed to reduce maintenance costs for asset owners. Here’s the overview: Real-time data-driven service revolutionizes how infrastructure is maintained – offering asset owners more responsive, potentially lower cost and […]

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Fuel & Oil

What’s Next for Vehicle Fuel Economy?

What’s Next for Vehicle Fuel Economy?

| December 2, 2016

by Therese Langer, Transportation Program Director The Obama administration has been a great champion of higher fuel economy and corresponding reductions in vehicles’ emissions of greenhouse gases. There’s no reason to expect continuity in this area from the new administration, and an advisor to president-elect Trump has indicated that fuel economy and emissions standards are on their radar. […]

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New Diesel Engine Oil Standards Coming Dec. 1

New Diesel Engine Oil Standards Coming Dec. 1

| November 22, 2016

On  December 1, the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) new diesel engine oil standards, API CK-4 and FA-4, will begin appearing in the marketplace on licensed products and marketing materials.  So what’s so special? This means consumers will be able to easily identify the API CK-4 or FA-4 category oils that are expected to be recommended […]

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SkyBitz Introduces Tank Monitoring Division

SkyBitz Introduces Tank Monitoring Division

| November 16, 2016

Telematics leader SkyBitz® has introduced the SkyBitz Tank Monitoring division. Previously known as TankLink, the new division supports SkyBitz strategy of providing solutions that lower operating costs and increase customer service and efficiencies. “Previously, as TankLink, we established a legacy of delivering a rapid ROI based upon reduced tank servicing costs and improved inventory management. […]

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Wheels & Tires

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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Gabriel® Announces New Product Introductions for Light Vehicles

Gabriel® Announces New Product Introductions for Light Vehicles

| October 17, 2016

Gabriel® (Ride Control, LLC), the inventor and  a leader in automotive ride control technology, has announced that it has introduced new UltraTM Shocks and Struts, UltraTM ReadyMount®, and MaxControlTM  ride control products for a wide range of light vehicle makes and models, including Dodge, Mazda, Hyundai, Jeep, and more. The Ultra product family is designed […]

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Green

Nikola Unveils Electric Class 8 Semi-Truck

Nikola Unveils Electric Class 8 Semi-Truck

| December 4, 2016

Nikola Motor Company has unveiled the Nikola One electric semi-truck, which utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. Energy will be supplied on-the-go by a hydrogen fuel cell giving the Nikola One a range of 800 – 1,200 miles while delivering over 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque – nearly double that […]

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Electric Power Provider in California Aims to Accelerate EV Adoption

Electric Power Provider in California Aims to Accelerate EV Adoption

| December 1, 2016

In response to a new report from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) that shows that direct current (DC) fast charging infrastructure, with chargers that can refuel an electric vehicle (EV) in 20-30 minutes, has been slow to develop due to high costs and complexity of installations, the electric power provider appears poised to accelerate […]

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Car Makers in Europe JV on Ultra-fast EV Charging on Major Highways

Car Makers in Europe JV on Ultra-fast EV Charging on Major Highways

| December 1, 2016

In what may help spur additional electrical vehicle (EV) sales in Europe and the U.S., BMW, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group, Audi and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe.  The goal is the quick buildup of a sizable number of stations to enable long-range travel […]

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Recent News

Trucking Group Hails National Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Trucking Group Hails National Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

| December 6, 2016

Trucking lobby group American Trucking Associations (ATA) welcomed an announcement by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that the agency has created a national clearinghouse for commercial drivers’ drug and alcohol test results. “ATA and its members are committed to safety,” said Bill Sullivan, ATA executive vice president of advocacy. “Today’s announcement provides the trucking […]

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New National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse from FMCSA for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

New National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse from FMCSA for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

| December 5, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers which will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. […]

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Video Monitoring and Coaching System, SmartDrive, Unveils New Release

Video Monitoring and Coaching System, SmartDrive, Unveils New Release

| December 5, 2016

A leader in driving performance solutions designed to reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, SmartDrive Systems, has announced an updated release of its  video analytics and safety program. The new release provides upgrades to its video capture and delivery, video coaching processes, custom policy configurations and driver performance analytics. The new capabilities target high priority areas […]

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Ford U.S. Sales Up 5 Percent in November, Retail Up 10 Percent

Ford U.S. Sales Up 5 Percent in November, Retail Up 10 Percent

| December 2, 2016

Ford Motor Company reported U.S. sales for November totaled 197,574 vehicles – up 5 percent versus a year ago – with retail sales up 10 percent and fleet sales down 9 percent. Demand remains strong for the Ford F-Series, which had its best November since 2001 on strong F-150 and Super Duty retail demand; total […]

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AASHTO Supports Elaine Chao as U.S. Transportation Secretary

AASHTO Supports Elaine Chao as U.S. Transportation Secretary

| December 2, 2016

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials  (AASHTO) has expressed its strong support for “Transportation Secretary Nominee Elaine Chao and the administration of President-elect Donald Trump to fully fund the nation’s critical transportation needs and ensure a healthy and robust national transportation system.” “Former Labor Secretary Chao is a respected leader who, based […]

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Transportation Management Provider Integrates Load Tracking from MacroPoint

Transportation Management Provider Integrates Load Tracking from MacroPoint

| December 2, 2016

Global transportation management solution provider MercuryGate International will be integrating the load tracking solution of MacroPoint into its offerings. Early integration with the load tracking solution was enabled via cell phone. All that’s changed. By adopting the full MacroPoint functionality and network, the TMS provider can now provide direct carrier integration through in-cab telematics systems, EDI and trailer […]

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How Road Fatalities Were Reduced in Pennsylvania

How Road Fatalities Were Reduced in Pennsylvania

| December 1, 2016

In what might be a good model for how to reduce traffic accidents on holiday weekends in other locations, the Pennsylvania State Police reported that it investigated 931 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 23 through Nov. 27, 2016 and the results show a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to the 1,013 crashes investigated during the Thanksgiving holiday driving period […]

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