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Articles by Jason Cannon

Jason Cannon is the Equipment Editor for Commercial Carrier Journal and Overdrive, and is a Class A CDL holder. Reach him at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com.

Omnitracs, Peloton announce platooning partnership

Omnitracs and Peloton announced Thursday a collaboration designed to bring Peloton’s truck platooning technology to Omnitracs customers. The partnership is also expected to yield jointly systems that combine each company's capabilities. In the ...

The trucking revolution will be live-streamed

The ability to consume data is limitless, and Americans are swallowing it at record rates on the road. Chevrolet says Bowtie owners in the U.S. used 4,220 terabytes of data last ...

Truck depreciation jumped in 2016, forecast flat for 2017

Monthly depreciation of trucks jumped .7 percent in 2016 versus the year before, according to J.D. Power and Associates data released Wednesday. Monthly retail depreciation for 3 to 5 year old ...

Daimler Trucks boss stepping down

Wolfgang Bernhard is stepping down from the Daimler AG Board of Management, just more than one year before his contract with the company was set to expire. Citing "personal reasons," Bernhard ...

Study says galvanization not the best method to fight corrosion

Trailer OEMs have deployed many methods to fight chassis corrosion but at least one of them, according to a recent lab test, falls short. In salt spray exposure tests following American ...
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Upstart truck OEM Alkane Truck Company inks deal with Brazilian manufacturer

Alkane Truck Company has signed an agreement with Brazilian truck manufacturer, Agrale that gives the South Carolina-based truck manufacturer sole representation for sales and service in North America. Together, Alkane and Agrale will ...

Managing an effective tire program

This blog was provided exclusively to CCJ by Joe Puff, vice president of truck technology and maintenance, NationaLease.  Technicians often think of tires as mundane, basic, simple necessities. I view them ...

Hendrickson revamps tire pressure system ROI calculator

Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems announced Monday that is has revamped the company's TIREMAAX PRO return-on-investment (ROI) calculator with a new look designed to provide a user-friendly interface for determining ...

January truck orders jump 20% over last year

Class 8 truck orders rang in the new year at 21,600 units, 20 percent more than January last year. According to preliminary numbers compiled by FTR, January's mark continues a consistent trend ...

In-house, contracts or dealers: Options for getting down trucks up again

The complex technological sophistication needed to service a wide product mix, coupled with the expensive infrastructure needed to support them, has an increasing number of fleets relying on third-party partners to manage ...

13 questions you should be asking any maintenance provider

When considering a third-party maintenance provider, Rick Tapp, maintenance manager for Paccar Leasing Company (PacLease), suggests asking vendors these questions: What current technology is employed in your shop to service ...

Daimler posts record unit sales, revenue and earnings in 2016

Freightliner parent company Daimler rode strong demand from its car and van divisions to post record levels for unit sales, revenue and earnings last year. Daimler Trucks didn't fare quite as well, ...

Volvo Group revenues dip, profits soar

Volvo Group reported fourth-quarter income significantly increased to $550 million from the prior year's 300 million. For the full-year 2016, revenues declined by 3 percent to $32.6 billion but profitability improved with an ...

2017 likely to be the year of autonomous regulation

I expect 2017 to be a big year for autonomous technology in trucking as more and more states pile on what this segment to-date has lacked most: regulation. Until there is ...

Paccar posts 78th consecutive year of positive net income, boosts marketshare

Paccar announced Friday fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $4.07 billion, down slightly from the $4.36 billion for the same time last year. For 2016, the company achieved revenues of $17.03 ...