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Articles by Jack Roberts

Filling the holes on the highway: Bottom-line boosting aerodynamics

Minding the trailer’s gap, rear can boost the bottom line.
Future fleet: A not-too-distant account of an automated fleet, driver-tech hybrids and globalized trucking

Future fleet: A not-too-distant account of an automated fleet, driver-tech hybrids and globalized trucking

Based on the convergence of technology in automation, connectivity and super infrastructure, the following story is the account of a fictional fleet terminal set in ...
Isuzu expands NPR cabover family

Isuzu expands NPR cabover family

Isuzu has added Class 4 brawn and performance to its popular medium-duty cabover truck stable at Class 3 pricing and operating costs.
Chevron launches PC-11 public information campaign

Chevron launches PC-11 public information campaign

Late last week the ASTM International’s Automotive Lubricants Subcommittee approved the new Proposed Category 11 (API CK-4 and API FA-4) specifications for the next generation ...
Peterbilt announces SmartAir no-idle system upgrades

Peterbilt announces SmartAir no-idle system upgrades

Peterbilt enhanced its SmartAir no-idle system with new auto-start technology that helps keep main and auxiliary batteries charged while running the air-conditioning system and using ...
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Bendix honors three employees with Excellence in Leadership Award

Bendix honors three employees with Excellence in Leadership Award

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has honored Bill Gantz, Mike Grandstaff, and Angie Hake with its 2015 Excellence in Bendix Leadership Award, in recognition of ...
Trucking’s future won’t happen without trained techs

Trucking’s future won’t happen without trained techs

Every futurist I spoke with CCJ's Trucking's Future Now was bullish on the future of trucking: It will be a vital industry for the world ...
Modern cruise control coming of age and what it means for your fleet and drivers

Modern cruise control coming of age and what it means for your fleet and drivers

Cruise control has come a long way. Fleets today rely on modern interactive systems that maintain safe following distances and serve as the heart of ...

Could autonomous trucks and cars end traffic jams in major U.S. cities?

We're far from having the integrated infrastructure and number of autonomous vehicles we need to kill congestion. But the idea is a sound one and ...
Hino to offer custom paint schemes

Hino to offer custom paint schemes

Hino Trucks has announced custom color paint options for all conventional trucks beginning with 2017 model year. Hino will now offer a wide variety of ...
DTNA leadership talks new engines, marketshare and autonomous trucks in industry update

DTNA leadership talks new engines, marketshare and autonomous trucks in industry update

The principle leaders of Daimler Trucks, along with Roger Penske, fielded questions from the press Nov. 20 following the North American launch of the company's ...

Next-gen oil category nears completion

Shell's Dan Arcy told attendees at CCJ's 2015 Fall Symposium that PC-11, the next commercial vehicle grade motor oil that will be introduced in conjunction ...

Point-Counterpoint: Trucking interests square off in debate on e-logs, size/weight, speed limiters

A fireworks-filled point-counterpoint session held this week at CCJ's Fall Symposium highlighted the sometimes wide gap between small carrier and large carrier interests on some ...
Peterbilt adds predictive cruise, 11-liter engine to EPIQ fuel efficiency spec

Peterbilt adds predictive cruise, 11-liter engine to EPIQ fuel efficiency spec

Peterbilt has a new mid-range sleeper spec as well as a new 11-liter diesel engine to go along with it. At a test drive outside ...
Test drive: Cummins offers sneak peek of 2017 15L engine

Test drive: Cummins offers sneak peek of 2017 15L engine

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to get concrete details on the Cummins’ 2017 engines, but the company is decidedly upbeat about their early ...