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Articles by Jack Roberts

Manual transmission twilight, Part 2: Do manual transmissions have a future with fleets?

Automated-manual transmissions have made major marketshare gains in recent years. What does that mean for the future of manual transmissions? Part 2 in our series....

Manual transmission twilight? After decades of dominance, they could be relegated to special status soon

Time appears to be catching up to the manual transmission. Spurred by the pressure to maximize fuel economy and safety and to integrate new drivers ...

International to introduce industry-first Wi-Fi engine reprogramming

International Truck today announced it plans to offer over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming of engine control modules (ECM) for International trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 ...

Driver concerns drive equipment specs today, top fleet officials say

Leading fleet executives shared their insights in a wide-ranging discussion at the inaugural CCJ Market Movers conference, a new fast-paced conference at the Great American ...
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The comforts of home: More fleets using in-cab TV to recruit, retain drivers

New advances in reliable high-quality satellite TV systems are allowing more drivers to catch their favorite shows in the privacy of their sleeper cabs. Also, ...

Note to disgruntled former trucking editors: Trucks are not killing us

Trucking has made huge gains in terms of safety. And even more giant leaps are coming. To suggest otherwise is irresponsible and hypocritical, especially coming ...

Volvo offers a deep-dive look at its new Adaptive Loading system

Last week, on a stretch of I-84 running through the Utah-Idaho border, Volvo gave an in-depth look at the new 6x2 front lift axle to ...

A fast and furious future for trucking

At the end of this month, we’ll be in Dallas ahead of the Great American Trucking Show at CV-Outlook. Usually, industry conferences cover a huge ...

NACFE releases in-depth low rolling resistance tire study and recommendations

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has released an in-depth report detailing acceptance and real-world use of low rolling resistance tires. The report includes ...

APU evolution: Changes in power needs, technology push vendors to up their game

Anti-idling laws now are the norm across the country and are so firmly entrenched in the public’s mind that parked trucks with engines running – ...

Waste heat recovery: An old theory finds new life – but will it work for every trucking application?

One possible approach to greater diesel engine efficiency is the use of waste heat recovery systems. But what is a waste heat recovery system? How ...

Guessing game: Where will Cat find its 15-liter engine solution?

The big news story this week was, of course, Cat and Navistar breaking up. At first brush, given Navistar’s fresh troubles with a brand-new EPA ...

New integrated drivetrains speak a language all their own – and that’s a good thing for fuel-conscious fleets

While some drivers remain resistant to AMTs, every year more are won over by their ease of use and additional safety advantages. Fleet managers have ...
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