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Moving on the Interstate of Things

Motor carriers were already wirelessly connected to vehicles and drivers before the Internet of Things (IoT) became a mega-trend in technology. Now that mobile fleet management platforms are able to connect ...

Volkswagen’s plans for heavy duty expansion may not be dead after all

Volkswagen is every bit Public Enemy Number One that John Dillinger ever was. The Environmental Protection Agency has the German automaker firmly, and deservedly, in its crosshairs over basically lying to ...

Innovations in autonomous steering on the horizon

By a wide margin, vehicular autonomy is probably the sexiest innovation ongoing in trucking. The George Orwell-factor of a truck actively involved in the decision-making process if off the charts. And it's ...

Fleets say Comdata’s hotel network removes a ‘frustration point’ for drivers

FleetCor Technologies was already a fuel card provider when it bought Comdata from Ceridian in November, 2014, for the sum of $3.45 billion. It gained something new with Comdata — an ...

Autonomous update: Obama, DOT call for $4B investment to ‘accelerate’ self-driving vehicle development

Following a bevy of major autonomous vehicle announcements last year, including the unveiling of the U.S.’ first road-legal Class 8 automated vehicle last May, I was left wondering, like many, ...

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FMCSA put the cart before the horse with SFD proposal, carriers again at risk of unfair ratings

The trucking industry has been clamoring for information on the Safety Fitness Determination process since before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety Accountability program was rolled out nationwide ...

What does a Class 8 truck really cost?

If you've driven a new Class 8 truck off a dealership lot recently, you – or someone to whom you should be very thankful – probably stroked a check for ...

Trucking outlook through spring 2016 is ‘somewhat not awful’

New trucks are beginning to stack up on dealership lots and capacity is outpacing freight in the pipeline. That doesn't sound like a recipe for a financially fruitful 2016, but ...

Despite ‘just say no’ strategy, voluntary compliance program a win for small biz truckers, group says

Large carriers do stand to benefit from a potential federal program to reward carriers for voluntary safety investments or other “beyond compliance” initiatives, says Joe Rajkovacz of the Western States ...

SmartDrive talks evolution of video, big data analytics with release of SmartIQ Suite

During his trucking career, safety expert Don Osterberg has seen how fleets use data to understand what is really happening. Some are more successful at it than others. On one occasion, ...

When ground freight is regulated by the FAA

"We need more government regulations," said very few people not currently drawing a giant paycheck for a part-time job in Washington D.C. But if you're a fan of technology, good ...

What kind of fleet manager are you?

How you relate to your peers and your drivers says a lot about the type of manager you are. Knowing your management style can help provide better insight and improve ...

Clarification on ELD connectivity requirements: What’s needed to comply with mandate

I wrote recently that in its final version of its electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration nixed the requirement that the devices have data or web ...

Is renewable diesel the first alt fuel ‘no-brainer’?

With the price of diesel down nearly a dollar from this time last year, right now might not be best time to go shopping in the alternative fuels market. Or ...

The great divide: Debate highlights fractured thinking between large, small carriers

There I stood, on stage in November at the 2015 CCJ Fall Symposium in Scottsdale, Ariz. To my right was David Owen, president of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies. ...