James Jaillet

Shell Rotella’s Starship concept rig could see cross-country efficiency run in early 2018

The rig, which is being built by AirFlow Truck Company, aims to combine already-existing technologies to create the most efficient truck in the world, as measured by freight-ton efficiency, says Shell and Bob Sliwa, head of AirFlow and the project’s chief designer.

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Shell Rotella: Modern oils extend drain intervals, now recommended by all engine makers

All major North American engine makers are now recommending use of new-generation lubricants, dubbed CK-4 and FA-4 oils, for their new equipment, says Dan Arcy, OEM Technical Manager for Shell Rotella. The oils have also prompted all North American engine makers to extend recommended drain intervals.

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Fast-changing economy could upend trucking, analyst says

The U.S. economy is in the midst of major shifts in the way consumers buy and receive goods, and some of the largest segments of the economy — such as prominent freight-producing sectors like the food and automobile industries — will be upended in the coming decades, said forecasters at the FTR Conference.

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Take your pick — Great bargains for owner-operators as oversupplied used truck market awash with more 3-to-5-year old tractors

That market should present owner-operators further opportunity to score cheap deals on nice equipment, particularly on aerodynamic fleet-spec sleepers.

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Stiff freight challenges await trucking in coming decade, says trucking economist

Long-term freight challenges loom for the trucking industry as the economy and the supply chain become more efficient, more digitized and, thus, less reliant on transport needs, said Noȅl Perry, a chief economist for FTR and Truckstop.com.

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Hurricane recovery, ELD mandate could squeeze trucking capacity, boost rates

Hurricane recovery efforts will increase freight demand, which will pull trucks out of their normal cycle. That shift in freight patterns combined with the crimp of productivity likely associated with the coming electronic logging device mandate deadline could prompt a capacity crisis.

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NTSB: Trucker partially to blame in fatal 2016 crash involving Tesla sedan operating autonomously

NTSB concluded the driver of the tractor-trailer involved in the crash failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming Tesla sedan. A post-crash drug test also revealed the truck operator had used marijuana before the crash, according to NTSB’s report.

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House amendment would bar FMCSA from proceeding with speed limiter mandate

The amendment specifically targets the speed limiter mandate proposed rule issued last year by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which drew rebuke by most industry trade groups and highway safety advocacy groups.

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Informed protection: Know exactly what’s covered before you buy

Warranties for used trucks come in a wide range of prices, coverage and lengths. You can’t truly weigh the value of any particular warranty, though, unless you know what it covers – and what it doesn’t.

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Senate eyes promoting self-driving truck tech in autonomous-car bill approved by House

The House this week stamped approval on a legislative package intended to provide framework for manufacturers to develop and test self-driving cars. The Senate, however, may alter the bill to expand its provisions to cover self-driving trucks.

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