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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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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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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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J.J. Keller and Donlen partner to offer more accurate, transparent and flexible ELD solution

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J.J. Keller and Donlen partner to offer more accurate, transparent and flexible ELD solution Photo: J.J Keller

Donlen, a fleet management company has partnered with J.J. Keller, a consulting firm has partnered to launch an electronic logging device (ELD) solution that is fully compliant with the ELD mandate. The partnership will allow Donlen's customers to access a relatively simple and flexible ELD solution.

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Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

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Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD – a smartphone based electronic logging solution.
Zed ELD is designed to be a simple and low-cost electronic logging device solution aimed at small- and mid-sized fleets looking to meet the upcoming ELD mandate. The plug-and-play solution includes such features as ELD, visual inspection reporting, and commercial routing.

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VisTracks Announces Support for Pacific Track ELD Device

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LISLE, Ill.--VisTracks, Inc., provider of the industry-leading family of FMCSA-certified Hours of Service (HOS), DVIR, and IFTA applications, has announced support for ELD hardware provider Pacific Track’s ELD device. This support is in addition to several other devices currently support by VisTracks. The addition of Pacific Track allows VisTracks’ resellers to obtain a high quality ELD product for their customers at an attractive price. VisTracks has passed all the requisite certification tests with this device and has certified to the FMCSA with posting on their website.

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Trucking industry becomes hub for investors as tech start-ups vow to transform industry

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Trucking industry becomes hub for investors as tech start-ups vow to transform industry

The rush to digitize trucking is leading up to massive investments in trucking tech start-ups, not to mention the buzz over self-driving technology. Add to it the number of electronic logging devices (ELD) being launched in the market and you have a tremendous amount being invested in the automation of the trucking industry.

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FourKites partners with 3GTMS on freight tracking

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Logistics software provider FourKites Inc. has partnered with transportation management solution (TMS) vendor 3GTMS Inc. in a move the firms say could provide real-time visibility for third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and shippers.
Chicago-based FourKites says its technology gathers shipment status information and location from global positioning system (GPS) beacons, electronic logging device (ELD) units, and driver cell phones. Aligning that data with 3GTMS' software platform will provide users with precision tracking capabilities that could allow them to manage or prevent freight shipping exceptions, according to 3GTMS.

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Week in Geek podcast: From truck stops to elite dating, what’s next in technology

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Week in Geek podcast: From truck stops to elite dating, what’s next in technology
The League dating app held its Seattle launch party at the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)

GeekWire reporters explored the frontiers of technology in some unusual locations this week — visiting a truck stop in North Bend, Wash., to learn about the future of logistics and transportation; riding along with a police officer enforcing the state’s new distracted driving law; and attending an elite party thrown by a technology-powered dating service that uses a highly-selective admissions-based model to screen potential users.

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Roundtable conference held on July 24 discusses future of ADAS in trucking

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Roundtable conference held on July 24 discusses future of ADAS in trucking HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park addresses the panel at the NSC and NTSB's roundtable discussion on ADAS. Photo: Stephane Babcock

On July 24, 2017, stakeholders of the trucking industry, leaders in driver assistance technology, original equipment manufacturers, media, and insurers attended a roundtable conference hosted by the National Safety Council and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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On-demand trucking app Convoy doesn’t want to be the ‘Uber for trucking’ anymore

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On-demand trucking app Convoy doesn’t want to be the ‘Uber for trucking’ anymore

When it launched in 2015, the Seattle-based truck technology company Convoy aptly described itself as the “Uber for trucking.” Like the ride-hail service, Convoy built an app to match trucking companies with shippers that need to move freight. And after all, Uber had showed no interest in the $700 billion trucking industry at that time, so Convoy obviously felt safe in making that claim.

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Trucking Industry Debates How Advanced Tech Can Reduce Crashes

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Trucking Industry Debates How Advanced Tech Can Reduce Crashes

Truck manufacturers, regulators and technology firms are increasingly looking to advanced technology like driver assistance systems to improve truck safety.
But the viewpoint isn’t universal.
Proponents believe that widespread use of the technology will help slow the increase in traffic deaths, but skeptics raise concerns about regulation, training and data privacy.

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Uber's going big into trucking business, and nowhere bigger than Texas

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Uber's going big into trucking business, and nowhere bigger than Texas

One of the biggest technology disruptors when it comes to shuttling people is now trying to transform the way goods are moved around the country.
This spring, Uber launched Uber Freight, an app that matches truck drivers with loads of goods to pick up and deliver. Texas played a key role in the San Francisco-based tech giant's inroads. Routes between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio served as its test ground before the app's launch.

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3 ways technology is being used to monitor and reduce driver fatigue.

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3 ways technology is being used to monitor and reduce driver fatigue.
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Choosing to be a professional driver is no easy deal. A commercial truck weighs up to 80,000 pounds. Not to mention that truck drivers are out on the road for almost 300 days a year and driving for most part of the day. Handling a heavy vehicle like a truck can be extremely tiring and drivers need to be on full alert while on duty.

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Tech Talk: Intel Sees Self-Driving Future As Disruptive

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Tech Talk: Intel Sees Self-Driving Future As Disruptive

Back in early June, Intel and Strategy Analytics released a comprehensive study of the self-driving industry, predicting that this segment will be worth $7 trillion by 2050, and with the tech giant’s recent moves in the field, its long-term business strategy is slowly forming itself, revealing massive ambitions that are to be expected of a Fortune 500 company.

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This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally

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This self-driving truck has no room for a human

Most experts believe the first industry to be upended by autonomous driving will be the trucking sector. What better use case for driverless technology than long-haul trucking where most of the driving is confined to the highway? The Swedish startup Einride certainly buys into this vision. It recently unveiled a prototype of a self-driving truck that completely lacks a steering wheel, pedals, a windshield, and, well, the whole cab really.
The all-electric T-pod is much shorter than your average traditional tractor trailer, clocking in at just 23 feet long, which is likely due to the absence of the cabin. Einride says the T-pod will weigh 20 tons at full load, which is comparable to a Class 8 truck.

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Doft partners with VHI Transport

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Doft partners with VHI Transport

Silicon Valley startup Doft announced its formal partnership with U.S. trucking company, VHI. Doft, an IT company, noted it is developing what it calls a “disruptive on-demand technology for the U.S. trucking industry which instantly matches freight shippers and truck drivers with the help of a mobile app.

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BlackBerry hopes to ride truck tech to further growth

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BlackBerry hopes to ride truck tech to further growth

A visit to trucking firm Titanium Transportation helps explain why BlackBerry’s stock is once again a darling in Canadian markets, having soared 70 per cent in two months.
Nestled in an industrial area some 50 kilometers north of Toronto, the trucker is an early adopter of a new BlackBerry fleet-tracking service known as Radar, which uses $400 boxes to collect and transmit information on movement, temperature and physical contents of Titanium’s 1,300 truck trailers.

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EFS Fleet Control Platform Goes Mobile With New App

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EFS Fleet Control Platform Goes Mobile With New App

EFS is boosting the mobile support of fleet control cards with the launch of a new app. The company, a unit of WEX, said Tuesday (June 6) that it is launching EFS CardControl, a mobile app that enables fleet drivers to access the EFS platform remotely on their mobile devices. The solution offers access to fleet control card funds and provides real-time visibility into spend and balances and access to manage payroll and settlement via EFS SmartFunds.

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Omnitracs explores sale, reports note

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Omnitracs explores sale, reports note

Vista Equity Partners, owner of Omnitracs, is in the process of exploring a sale of the trucking technology provider, according to multiple media reports.
Omnitracs was initially part of Qualcomm Inc., the company credited with introducing wireless onboard communications to trucking industry in the late 1980s. Qualcomm sold the Omnitracs division to Vista in 2013 for $800 million, believed to be the largest deal in the commercial vehicle telematics sector.

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Features for CX driver app

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Features for CX driver app

CX North America’s Driver Mobile App – designed to include load information and send real-time location, future positions and job status at the tap of a screen – has been enhanced to include two new features.
The accept/decline booking feature allows users to ask drivers to confirm they have read and understood details about a load before allocating the job. And with the border crossing feature, drivers can tap the “Arrived at Border” icon to notify dispatchers when at a border crossing. A tap of the departed border button confirms they have passed through.

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Waymo Using Its Self-Driving Car Technology To Develop Autonomous Trucks

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Waymo Using Its Self-Driving Car Technology To Develop Autonomous Trucks

Alphabet-owned Waymo is testing out self-driving car technology for years now. However, according to a new report, the company is not only looking to deploy the autonomous technology in smaller cars, but also on semi-trucks.
Waymo is currently testing the self-driving car technology in a Class-8 semi. It is being tested away from the public roads, on a private track somewhere in California. However, Waymo plans to shift to road testing once the truck passes its initial tests.

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Uber-type tech: Why truckers need it

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Uber-type tech: Why truckers need it

Truckers shouldn’t be afraid of Uber, or Uber-style technology, because the entire aim is make it easier for shippers and carriers to connect, at the expense of today’s middle man. But what trucking companies should be afraid of is to not have such technology, explains Frank McGuigan, president and COO of Transplace, a leading 3PL.

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Gorilla Safety Adds OBD-II Integration to ELD Solution

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Gorilla Safety Adds OBD-II Integration to ELD Solution

Gorilla Safety announced On-Board Diagnostic integration with its Electronic Logging Device, providing customers with OBD-II connections.
With the OBD-II functionality, Gorilla Safety’s app is now compatible with light and medium-duty trucks. The OBD-II connection, combined with oil well waiting time exemption allows Gorilla safety to offer, among others, oilfield services companies a solution to prepare for and manage the impending ELD mandate. The solution is also aimed at utility companies, contractors, and other smaller operations.

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GoLoad service coming in July

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GoLoad service coming in July

The Konexial company is behind the My20 electronic logging device (ELD) app. Global logistics transportation management system (TMS) innovator Cloud Logistics has partnered with Konexial on a load service debuting in July called GoLoad. Cloud plans to bring on freight from its shipper users’ networks to offer to operators utilizing My20 and GoLoad directly. GoLoad purports to be the first and only service of its kind in the market, connecting the power of a networked transportation solution to drivers’ smartphones and helping bring any shipper’s TMS into the network.

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YRC: Think technology first, trucking second

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YRC: Think technology first, trucking second

PHILADELPHIA. Justin Hall believes that it’s time to rethink how trucking companies visualize themselves and the services they provide in order to survive and thrive in the increasingly digitized world of supply chain operations.
“We need to embrace and lead with technology,” Hall, chief customer officer for LTL conglomerate YRC Worldwide, explained during a presentation here at the ALK Technology Summit.

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Optimizing trucking through more real-time information

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Optimizing trucking through more real-time information

(Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

PHILADELPHIA. Helping the trucking industry better manage the “real life experiences” affecting its operations in the here and now is going to be a near-term driving force for technological development, according to Dan Popkin, senior vice president of enterprise solutions for ALK Technologies, which is a subsidiary of Trimble.
And while bigger and more disruptive technologies are facing the industry down the road, Popkin feels this near-term focus will be critical to help the industry become safer and more efficient – especially in the face of the eroding quality of U.S. highway infrastructure.

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Even with disruptive technologies, energy efficiency matters

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Even with disruptive technologies, energy efficiency matters

There has been a lot of talk about electrification and autonomous trucks in the news lately. This coverage made me think about whether the focus on energy efficiency increases or decreases when those so-called disruptive technologies come into widespread use.
Take the electrification of trucks. On the one hand with electric trucks the reliance on fossil fuel goes down. That’s a good thing. But, on the other hand, batteries add weight — lots of weight — to trucks, are expensive and take quite a bit of time to recharge. And, range anxiety looms very large, as it is easy to carry two to three days of diesel fuel on a truck, but having that much stored electricity, hydrogen, or whatever is difficult.

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Uber’s new “Freight” app is perfect for trucking business

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Uber’s new “Freight” app is perfect for trucking business

Uber has a new app that is aimed at helping trucking business make more money doing what they know and love to do best. Called “Freight,” the new app was launched a couple of days ago, and will be the company’s way of branching into something a bit different from what it is well known for.
Uber Freight is not that different from Uber, especially when you consider the promotional video below. It’s all about picking an available load [if you are a driver] through the app, and within a few seconds, booking is confirmed.

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The Role of Technology in Shaping the Trucking Industry

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FR8Star and KeepTruckin, two quickly-growing technology companies in the trucking industry, are co-hosting a panel discussion on the role of technology in shaping the future of the trucking industry.
The trucking industry has seen an unprecedented surge in technological innovation over the past few years. Many of the companies driving this innovation are based in the Bay Area.

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Emerging Safety and Autonomous Technologies Put Trucks to the Test

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Emerging Safety and Autonomous Technologies Put Trucks to the Test

While trucking technology including new safety features, platooning tools and autonomous driving are moving forward rapidly, weather, traffic and other hurdles still present significant adoption challenges.
That’s the assessment of Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, who outlined his views of trucking technology during an industry conference call hosted by Stifel Financial Corp. Thursday.

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Uber Ramps Up Push Into Trucking

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Uber Ramps Up Push Into Trucking

Uber hired the team behind a Chicago transportation brokerage last fall as part of an effort to break into the long-haul trucking industry.
All five employees from 4Front Logistics joined Uber in November, said an Uber spokeswoman, who added that Uber did not pay anything for the company. Brokerages such as 4Front Logistics connect manufacturers and retailers that are shipping goods with truck owners and fleets.

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Enlistics releases new low-cost Application Software for Trucking Companies

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Enlistics releases new low-cost Application Software for Trucking Companies

CHICAGO - Enlistics, a University of Chicago startup that builds software tools for the trucking industry, announces the launch of Enlistics:Apply, a mobile-ready FMCSA-compliant application management system for the trucking industry.
The product seeks to help the trucking companies solve one of their most serious problems: Efficient driver hiring.
With traditional processes, driver applicants must undergo several background and previous employer verification checks before being hired, and in the meantime, find other opportunities. And employers have to invest in expensive recruiters to keep applicants interested in the position while the process completes. Enlistics:Apply is designed to shave days off this process.

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Here’s our first look at Uber Freight, Uber’s long-haul trucking venture

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Here’s our first look at Uber Freight, Uber’s long-haul trucking venture

Travis Kalanick sure had a busy weekend. After hanging out with Tom Brady at the Kentucky Derby, the embattled Uber CEO made a pit stop in Pittsburgh, where he snapped this photo of a very large truck with the words “Uber Freight” stenciled on the side.
As you’ll recall, Uber has been planning to launch a long-haul trucking venture since acquiring Otto, the self-driving truck startup, for $650 million in the middle of 2016. The nature of that acquisition is now the centerpiece in a bitter legal dispute with Waymo, the self-driving car division of Google parent Alphabet. Waymo alleges that Otto was a shell company meant to deliver stolen technology by Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer who founded the startup.

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Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Trucks: Holy Grail or Hot Potato

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Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Trucks: Holy Grail or Hot Potato

Kenworth, Toyota, UPS and other major trucking and transport names have launched high-profile hydrogen fuel cell projects in recent weeks. Buzzy start-ups are pledging ambitious rollouts.
But despite the pedigrees of the companies and the millions of dollars going into development and testing, many industry experts are skeptical about the business case for fuel cell technology — especially for large, long-haul vehicles.

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Cummins’ releases diagnostics app

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Cummins’ releases diagnostics app

Cummins made its Guidanz mobile app available for download Thursday, which enables customers to read prioritized engine fault codes and other key engine information within minutes, the company says.
Available as a free download on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the Guidanz mobile app provides critical information about Cummins 2007 and later on-highway engines and Tier 3 and later off-highway engines that can be emailed to operations managers, service providers or a Cummins Care representative directly from the app to initiate the service process.

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Think Technology Can’t Disrupt Trucking Any More Than It Has? Just Wait.

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Think Technology Can’t Disrupt Trucking Any More Than It Has? Just Wait.

If you think technology is causing major, and rapid changes among U.S. industries — including trucking — you haven’t seen anything yet.
That’s one of the key messages from a parallel review of two new major studies: the “Future of Growth and Industry Report” from Grant Thornton, a well-regarded Chicago-based global audit, tax and strategic advisory firm, and a recently updated survey from technology consulting firm Princeton Consultants called “Digital Disruption in Freight Transportation.”

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Trucking Industry Poised for Electric Heavy-Duty Truck Growth

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Trucking Industry Poised for Electric Heavy-Duty Truck Growth

Sexy Tesla sports cars aren’t the only vehicles that deserve the battery treatment – drayage vehicles, school buses, garbage trucks and cargo haulers are also going electric. And the ranks of those medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles are swelling, according to a panel discussion at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday.

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Musk's photo of Tesla Semi gives peek at three-tiered disruption of trucking

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Musk's photo of Tesla Semi gives peek at three-tiered disruption of trucking

Tesla has been working on an electric semi truck for quite some time, with a planned September launch, but founder Elon Musk just unveiled a picture of what the truck will look like. In a recent TED talk, Musk showed off the above image, but didn't mention any more details about the project.
Initially, the trucks will not be autonomous or driverless, Musk said in the talk. Rather, they will be trucks that existing truck drivers will want to drive. One reason is the flat torque RPM curve made available by the electric motor, which likely offers better acceleration than the hill-shaped RPM curve of diesel motors.

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HELP Inc.'s PrePass Renewed as Endorsed ATA Featured Product

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HELP Inc.'s PrePass Renewed as Endorsed ATA Featured Product

ARLINGTON, Va., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, American Trucking Associations announced it is renewing HELP Inc.'s PrePass services as an Endorsed ATA Featured Product, further strengthening the partnership between the two groups. In addition, HELP Inc. has again been named an ATA Corporate Partner.
"HELP Inc. and its innovative PrePass services are an outstanding example of the value created by effective public-private partnerships," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "This sort of strategic collaboration strengthens our industry by improving safety, reducing emissions and preserving infrastructure."

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Secret ‘Project Portal’ Toyota Venture Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Truck

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Secret ‘Project Portal’ Toyota Venture Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Truck

The “Project Portal” venture assigned to Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American research team was so hush-hush that even suppliers on the project were kept in the dark. Since September, a tiny cadre of specialists has toiled at a secret technical center in southeast Michigan and then at Toyota’s test track in the desert outside Phoenix to build and refine technology that could transform more than 100 years of trucking technology used to move goods globally.

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Telematics Lays the Foundation for Autonomous Trucking

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OOIDA: Video shows why speed limiters on trucks would be bad for all vehicles

Current trucking technology such as telematics and fleet management solutions are key factors in the autonomous trucking revolution that could reshape the logistics industry. Industry analysts IHS Automotive estimate that sales of autonomous vehicles could reach 60,000 per year by 2035, or about 15 percent of Class 8-weight segment sales, according to a report from the American Transportation Research Institute. However, that does not take into account aftermarket technology that could be installed on existing vehicles to provide some level of autonomous operation.

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ELD kit new to TomTom Bridge

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ELD kit new to TomTom Bridge

The TomTom navigation and mapping products provider and M2M DataSmart, a wireless data service provider, announced a solution to provide electronic logging device functionality with the TomTom Bridge, an in-truck toolbox with mount and power cable, a vehicle-specific connector, and a subscription to the Hours of Service app from M2M DataSmart.

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Electronic logging device solution

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Electronic logging device solution

GPS Insight, Scottsdale, Ariz., launched their new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution, which bundles an Android tablet hardwired to a GPS tracking device. The ruggedized ELD tablet features an intuitive user interface to ensure ease of use for all drivers. The management portal is web-based, secure and accessible via PC, tablet and smartphone.

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Self-driving trucks: 3 new startups could shape the future of trucking

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Self-driving trucks: 3 new startups could shape the future of trucking Image: Embark

Google's self-driving car project (now Waymo) has arguably been at the forefront of the autonomous car movement, testing on public roads since 2009. So when its founder, Anthony Levandowski, left to found a driverless truck startup called Otto, the venture was sure to bring important insight into autonomous tech into the trucking world.

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3D-printed spare parts

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3D-printed spare parts Photo courtesy of: Local Motors

Considering the sensation that 3d printing, a.k.a. additive manufacturing, has created in the public’s mind for the last several years, you wouldn’t think it dates back to the Reagan administration. But it does, and the technology seems to have hit a stride at last in the trucking and automotive worlds for things like proto­typing concept vehicles or tooling up parts molds faster and cheaper than traditional manufacturing allows. Maybe that’s 3D printing’s ...

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Michelin introduces RFID technology, service upgrades

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Michelin introduces RFID technology, service upgrades

Michelin Americas Truck Tires has announced that Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being added to Michelin commercial truck tires and retreads, enabling fleets to better manage their tire assets throughout the full life cycle. In addition, the Michelin Tire Care tire maintenance program is being upgraded to include new features providing fleets greater visibility, assurance and ease around the maintenance of their tires.

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Fleet management: ‘Parts Room’ app streamlines inventory management

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Fleet management: ‘Parts Room’ app streamlines inventory management

Fleet management: TMW Systems has introduced a mobile app that enables trucking fleet maintenance and service center personnel to perform a variety of parts inventory management processes quickly and easily using their Android or iOS devices. The new TMW Parts Room app, introduced in conjunction with this week’s TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, is available for users of the company’s TMT Fleet Maintenance and TMT Service Center solutions.

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Parts room app

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Parts room app

Are you managing a parts room? TMW Systems has an app for that. The new TMW Parts Room app is now available through Android or iOS devices for those that use TMT Fleet Maintenance and TMT Service Center. “The idea is just to speed up the whole process and make it easier,” says Renaldo Adler, principal asset maintenance, fleets and service centers. “All they need is a computer that can access the internet.”

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This is the new self-driving truck company taking on Uber’s Otto

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This is the new self-driving truck company taking on Uber’s Otto

Add another self-driving startup to your growing list of self-driving startups. Embark, a self-driving trucking startup backed by Maven Ventures, launched out of stealth on Friday with the goal of easing the pains of long-haul trucking. When it’s up and running, the system will take over for truck drivers on the highway and return control when the driver needs to exit.

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Fleet Management Company: How Peloton Technology Will Drive Success in Trucking Industry

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Fleet Management Company: How Peloton Technology Will Drive Success in Trucking Industry

Keeping tabs on your fleet of vehicles used to be more of an art than science, but that’s been changed during past decade as the GPS fleet management systems have grown up with modern technologies. Now, with peloton technology, it’s possible to generate much more real-time information that maximize the efficiency of your fleet.

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Efreightsolutions, Trucker Tools integrate Load Track

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Efreightsolutions, Trucker Tools integrate Load Track

Allowing freight brokers another option for in-transit shipment visibility, the Trucker Tools app’s “Load Track” feature has been integrated with Efreightsolutions’ cloud-based transportation management system (TMS). The partnership thus allows for real-time freight tracking, driver messaging and electronic proof of delivery through the TMS.

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Driver app tracks from acceptance to delivery

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Driver app tracks from acceptance to delivery

TECUMSEH, ON – CX North America Information Services has launched a new mobile app for drivers, with the promise of improving efficiencies in the process. App features include real-time job alerts for drivers on the road, the ability for drivers to send status reports, and the capturing of electronic Point of Deliveries, shipment details and live tracking.

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Transportation Technology Wises Up

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Transportation Technology Wises Up Anheuser-Busch

No matter what products they make, how many they make, or how often they make them, all U.S. manufacturers share a common goal: They need to get their products to their customers, on time, and the familiar litany of trucks-trains-boats-and-planes (and sometimes, pipelines) remains the way that goods get moved. At least that’s the case in early 2017. Within a year or two, maybe not so much.

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A Look Into the Future

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A Look Into the Future MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION BECOMES THE NEW NORM: The combination of transportation modes has resulted in many benefits, including lowering inventory and freight costs and optimizing lead times.

Last year was record-setting for the logistics and supply chain industry with $5 billion in total projected investments. We saw the space cement itself as a mainstay in global news with the growth of the $800 billion trucking industry and rumors of Amazon “secretly” building an “Uber for Trucking” application.

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The win-win PORTal, A new trucker app is improving fluidity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the Port of Montreal

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The win-win PORTal, A new trucker app is improving fluidity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the Port of Montreal  A new app shows wait times for truckers using the Port of Montreal.

With neither pain nor cost to carriers, trucks moving containers in and out of the Port of Montreal will pollute less, thanks to an application the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) launched in October. Called Trucking PORTal, it lets drivers and dispatchers – anyone with a smart phone or computer, actually – see wait times, in real time, on port property.

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BridgeHaul app offers services, including logs, toward a shipper-exclusive freight marketplace

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BridgeHaul app offers services, including logs, toward a shipper-exclusive freight marketplace

The individuals behind the BridgeHaul app, available for both iOS and Android devices, came to their own spin on that as yet “elusive holy grail” (as we referred to tech-enabled shipper-direct freight marketplaces/brokerages in the December issue) after company Founder and CEO Brandon Shapiro’s direct experience in the contract and spot freight environment.

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Notre Dame Truck Technology Flows Toward Commercialization

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Notre Dame Truck Technology Flows Toward Commercialization Models show the technology reduces drag by nearly 23 percent, yielding 11 percent fuel savings.

Just as the aerodynamics of a race car play a role in reaching the finish line, the way a tractor trailer cuts through the air at 65 miles per hour impacts the bottom line. A University of Notre Dame researcher says the aerodynamic drag of a tractor trailer is one of the largest sources of its fuel consumption. He’s putting the brakes on that gas-guzzling factor by improving the aerodynamics of trucks with special attachments called plasma actuators.

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Uber Freight and Amazon Prepare to Fight Over the Future of Trucking

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Uber Freight and Amazon Prepare to Fight Over the Future of Trucking

Trucks allow the economy to function. There would be no sprawling grocery stores, online shopping, or other businesses without this vast network of drivers criss-crossing the country. Yet many people don’t think about this industry — until now, thanks to competing initiatives from Uber and Amazon, which are both working on services to change the future of trucking.

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TMC Donates Diesel Tech Manuals

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TMC Donates Diesel Tech Manuals

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced it has donated copies of its newly updated “PMI Guidelines Manual for Class 7 & 8 Diesel-Powered Tractors,” courtesy of Truck Centers of Arkansas, to more than 50 technical institutes in 28 states for use in diesel technician training curriculum.

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