May 2014 Archive

Merging weather and traffic data in real time

    Delays generated by weather conditions and traffic congestion create significant costs for trucking companies. Indeed, congestion on the nation’s interstate highways alone added $9.2 billion in operational costs to the industry’s bottom line in 2013, according to a study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released in April. To combat those

Data suggests freight still on the upswing

A variety of metrics indicate freight volumes continue to increase, with such increases generating more opportunities for trucking rate increases, according to experts. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) noted that the trade group’s for-hire truck tonnage Index increased 1.5% in April after rising 0.6% in March. On top of that, the index

New Truck Sales Up 13.6%

U.S. retail heavy-duty truck sales totaled 17,776 in April, the highest level thus far in 2014 and 13.6% above the same month a year earlier, reported. April also marked the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year growth and was 8% higher than the March total of 16,452. Last month’s tally

Trucks Connect on Open Road

Cloud-based convoys may just be the future of trucking. Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., hosted a demonstration in Nevada earlier this month of a unique technology it has developed to allow two trucks to ride closer together than would otherwise be safe. The company calls the technology a “platooning system.”