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Articles by Jack Roberts

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

Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. Click here to see Part 1. A future with fleets? If one takes a step back and looks at the entire heavy-duty ...

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

Note: This is the first part in a two-part series. See the second part on Monday, Sept. 14.  Mastering an unsynchronized heavy-duty manual transmission is as much an art as a ...

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 proprietary engines. The company has ...

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 Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, ...
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The comforts of home: More fleets using in-cab TV to recruit, retain drivers

One of the great joys of the modern age is relaxing in front of the television set after a hard day at work, or catching the big game on the ...

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

Over the weekend, an op-ed piece titled The Trucks are Killing Us appeared in The New York Times. The piece was written by Howard Abramson, a past executive at the ...

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

Volvo lifted the veil on its new Adaptive Loading Axle system at the Mid-America Truck Show earlier this year. And last week, on a stretch of I-84 running through the Utah-Idaho border, ...

A fast and furious future for trucking

Trucking has always had a strained relationship with technology. On one hand, technology allows trucking to exist and perform as required. On the other hand, technology is expensive and the ...

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 Decision Making Tools to help ...

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 – once so commonplace, they attracted ...

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

The next generation of heavy-duty diesel engine design is driven by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations that limit the amount of carbon dioxide and other exhaust ...

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 lawsuit, you’d be forgiven for ...

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

One surprising trend over the past few years has been the unprecedented market share growth of automated manual transmissions. Many OEMs now are reporting AMT take rates that would have ...