August 2014 Archive

Daimler Launches a Revolution

MAGDEBURG, Germany — Daimler Truckshas a radical vision of the near future based on a truck that drives itself. It’s not driverless, rather the driver can give almost complete control to the truck on the highway. And then turn his seat 45 degrees to the right while using his tablet to

Temperature-controlled trucking poised to take off

Growth in U.S., food consumption, more regionalized distribution patterns, a strong harvest and tight freight capacity are helping create extra and more profitable demand for temperature-controlled trucking operations – with the particular route structures of  refrigerated truckload carriers going a long way to determine winners and losers. “Temperature controlled freight

Rand McNally reveals next generation product upgrades

DALLAS, TX. Rand McNallyrolled out the fourth generation of its IntelliRoute GPS devices for commercial truck drivers –  along with new platform options for its HD 100 electronic logbook or “E-log” device and TrueTrack, a new web-based applications for providing more accurate truck arrival time information – at the Great American Truck Show this week.  

Technology drives culture change for drivers

DALLAS, TX. A panel discussion here at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference examined some of the ways technology – including in-cab camera systems, performance scorecards and automated manual transmissions (AMTs) – is being used to “change” the truck driver culture to one focused on safer vehicle operation, greater fuel

CMA Launches Duraturn Commercial Tires

Tire firm China Manufacturers Alliance said it has launched a new brand of commercial tires called Duraturn TBR. The tires are available in steer, drive, trailer and mixed service, and several are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smartway-verified for low-rolling-resistance applications. Read more here.

Starbucks trucks are coming to campus

Here’s something that will make returning to school less painful for some college students: Starbucks is launching food trucks. The lucky students at Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina won’t have to hit up the school cafeteria for a cup of coffee