James Jaillet

New collision mitigation system can take over truck’s steering to evade rear-end crashes

ZF, the company who jointly built the system, says it is the next "critical step" in bringing autonomous trucks to real-world application. The system should be ready for deployment in three to four years.

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Bigger in Texas: GATS to pit country’s top show trucks in championship competition

Six trucks will emerge from the Great American Trucking Show in late August holding a prized possession among show truck builders and owners: An Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Championship trophy.

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ELD privacy concerns an ‘illogical extreme,’ groups argue in court filings

The court battle over a federal rule to mandate electronic logging devices for truck drivers saw two carrier-backed parties file briefs in support of the mandate this week, with both filings touting the perceived benefits of the rule and dismissing claims brought by trucker-backed groups about the rule’s efficacy.

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ChampTruck racing abruptly shutters 2016 season, new Bandit Series aims to revive it

The ChampTruck World Series truck racing circuit has abruptly ended its 2016 season, which was set to continue through the end of October. A newly formed truck racing circuit, the Bandit Big Rig Series, has picked up ChampTruck's competitors and race trucks, however, and has plans to hold several races this year.

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Fitzgerald Glider Kits to host Overdrive’s Pride & Polish event next month in Tennessee

Vinnie Diorio’s 1985 Peterbilt 359 won Best of Show at last year’s Fitzgerald event in the Working Bobtail category.

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Spot market freight soars in most recent week, driving rates slightly higher

Load availability shot up 34 percent on the spot market in the week ending June 13, according to weekly spot market data provided by Truckstop.com. The jump in freight volume, coupled with a Roadcheck-caused decline in truck availability, drove Truckstop.com’s weekly Market Demand Index to its highest reading of the year, signaling a strong swing in spot market favor ability toward owner-operators.

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FMCSA on ELDs: Longtime ‘government supervision’ of trucking justifies privacy intrusion

Relative to ELDs potential to infringe on truckers’ privacy, FMCSA argues that’s simply part of being a truck driver. Trucking has a “‘long tradition of close government supervision,’” the agency says, citing a 1987 court decision. Truckers should have a lower expectation of privacy while on the job because of it, FMCSA’s lawyers argue in their court brief.

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Video: Sights and sounds from Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck parade, lights show and Tony Justice concert

Highlights from Shell Rotella SuperRigs' annual truck parade, which featured downtown staging of dozens of the country's top show trucks, along with a truck lights competition, fireworks show and concert by trucerk/singer-songwriter Tony Justice.

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DOT chief: CSA scores likely to remain hidden for two years pending required changes

“Based on our preliminary assessment, it’s going to take a while to do the revised analysis,” Foxx said, referring to the changes in the CSA score methodology called for by Congress in the 2015 FAST Act. “We expect it to take a year or two, probably more like two, before that information (CSA SMS rankings) will be posted back up.”

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Court strikes down Calif.’s emissions regulations compliance options for owner-operators

A California Superior Court ruled last week to strike down several 2014-made amendments to the state’s strict emissions rules. The amendments meant to give compliance flexibility to owner-operators and other small fleet owners who may have trouble affording equipment upgrades or add-ons to bring their trucks into compliance.

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