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FMCSA shuts down truck driver after fatal accident and violation of HoS regulations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safet Administration (FMCSA) has shut down a truck driver from Virginia after his involvement in a fatal accident in June. The driver had violated the hours of service regulations.
He drifted into a caution striped area on I-495 near Washington, D.C., and struck two workers securing a load to be hauled on their trailer. One of them was seriously injured while the other was killed.
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NAFTA renegotiations to commence this month: Truckers worried about potential impacts

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NAFTA renegotiations to commence this month: Truckers worried about potential impacts Photo taken on Aug. 15, 2017 shows Richard Saindon, a retired reporter from Radio Canada, who has chosen to be a trucker mostly to avoid touching his pension. (Xinhua/Yuan Yue)

Recently, the Trump administration has been proposing renegotiations to the North American Free Trade Agreement much to the dismay of long haul truckers. The NAFTA is a trilateral trade agreement signed by Canada, America, and Mexico. Negotiations will commence this month and are is expected to continue for up to 6-7 months.

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NVIDIA invests in trucking tech start-up in China

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NVIDIA invests in trucking tech start-up in China NVIDIA Invests in Chinese Autonomous Truck Start-UpObtains 3 Stake

Nvidia, a technology company, is the latest investor in the trucking tech start-up business. The graphics chipmaker has invested in TuSimple, a Chinese start-up that develops technology for autonomous long-distance freight delivery. The technology is a combination of various computer vision algorithms, radars, and mapping technology. The millimeter radar allows vehicles to sense distances of up to 200 meters from it.

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TMW Systems introduces trip planning tool

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TMW Systems introduces trip planning tool Ray West (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

TMW Systems, a company that develops enterprise management software, has developed a trip planning tool that can calculate the estimated time of arrival (ETA) by taking into account factors such as the vehicle position, the driver's hours of service status and the traffic patterns. The tool also sends color coded signals to warn drivers of potential service failures.

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Over the air software systems to be the next big thing in trucking

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Over the air software systems to be the next big thing in trucking

The trucking industry has been witnessing some major changes in terms of automation and digitization. Now the industry is trying to develop a software technology that can wirelessly tune a network of computers to control the vehicle's operations. Soon trucks will be able to download over-the-air (OTA) enhancements without a mechanic. By 2023, nearly 20 million vehicles will be able to download updates into their core electronic unit that runs every component of the truck. Trucks can be tuned without even having to take it out of the driveway. This could save a huge amount of money.

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Minnesota trucking company trains truckers to combat human trafficking

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Minnesota trucking company trains truckers to combat human trafficking

Dart Transit, a trucking company in Minnesota, has begun to train its truck drivers to keep an eye open and fight human trafficking. The employees are being trained to recognize signs of trucks or trailers transporting illegal immigrants. Truck drivers play an important role in fighting human trafficking as they drive millions of miles and are familiar with the network of roads and highways.

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ATRI launches 2017 annual survey to address top issues in the industry

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ATRI launches 2017 annual survey to address top issues in the industry

The American Transport Research Institute has launched the annual Top Industry Issue Survey on August 15, 2017. As part of the survey, the ATRI has asked the stakeholders of the industry to state and rank the top issues in trucking at present. The purpose of the survey is to find out the major issues associated with the industry and then develop proper strategies to deal with them.

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ATA releases Trucking Trends 2017: Trucking generated nearly $700 billion in revenue

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ATA releases Trucking Trends 2017: Trucking generated nearly $700 billion in revenue

According to the latest edition of the ATA (American Trucking Association) Trucking Trends, the US trucking revenues for 2016 stood at $676.2 billion. It is evident from this report alone that trucking is the major driving force of the US economy. Going by the report, trucking generated 79.8% of the nation's freight bill and moved 70.6% of all domestic freight.

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Potential impact of the ELD mandate on the trucking industry

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Potential impact of the ELD mandate on the trucking industry Analysts are looking closely at what the implementation and enforcement of what the ELD mandate will look like throughout the industry.

Even as the electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate is set to come into effect three months from now, out of the 3.5 million trucks in the industry, the majority are yet to install ELDs. Most of these are small carriers and owner operators, who are against the ELD mandate and are waiting until the eleventh hour in hopes of the mandate being stalled.

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The choice between regulation and deregulation

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The choice between regulation and deregulation Under the proposal, male truckers 42 and older with a BMI greater than or equal to 33 would need to meet only one of the other criterion to automatically qualify for screening.

Over the past few weeks, we witnessed the withdrawal of the proposed rulemaking for screening truck drivers for sleep apnea and also the proposal to install speed limiting devices in trucks being held up.

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Replacing human drivers with technology may actually be more difficult than it seems

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Replacing human drivers with technology may actually be more difficult than it seems

Tesla is all set to unveil the much-talked about electric 18-wheeler next month. While such a truck is an achievement in itself, the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, wants to add the self-driving feature to it as well. The company plans to discuss the possibility of testing an automated truck across the borders of Nevada and California with the authorities.

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FMCSA: Public meetings on ELDs, CSA didn’t require notice

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FMCSA: Public meetings on ELDs, CSA didn’t require notice

Public meetings held last week and this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration did not require a formal public announcement in the U.S. Federal Register or a 30-day advanced notice, agency spokespersons said this week.
Discussion topics of the meetings, as publicized by FMCSA last week, include prominent trucking regulations like the electronic logging device mandate, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and other safety regulations.

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Fleetmatics Helps Customers Meet Driver Compliance Requirements Ahead of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

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Fleetmatics Helps Customers Meet Driver Compliance Requirements Ahead of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

BOSTON and DUBLIN -- Customers such as R&M Trucking and United Global Logistics (UGL) rely on software from Fleetmatics, a Verizon Company to keep their drivers compliant with the impending Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.

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PeopleNet Reveals Fleet Tech Developments at User Conference

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PeopleNet Reveals Fleet Tech Developments at User Conference

PeopleNet announced several fleet-focused technology developments at this year’s in.sight User Conference + Expo put on by TMW and PeopleNet, involving electronic logging devices, data analysis, hardware, and video intelligence.
PeopleNet announced a collaboration to develop an ELD compliance solution with fellow Trimble company ISE, an engineering and systems firm. PeopleNet plans to integrate ISE Fleet Services’ eFleetSuite compliance applications into its existing solution, PeopleNet’s eDriver Logs, which automates hours of service.

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