Jack Roberts

Gaining an advantage: Kenworth’s updated T680 has integrated drivetrain, improved aerodynamics

| September 16, 2014

Kenworth recently sent its T680 highway tractor back to the drawing board. The resulting T680 Advantage builds on the truck’s already slippery profile while adding internal and external enhancements for increased efficiency and fuel economy ...

Photo, video: Western Star introduces re-designed on-highway tractor

| September 11, 2014

Western Star unveiled Sept. 11 its new 5700XE tractor, which the truck maker says is designed for driver comfort and equipped with an array of modern tech.

Hands on with Navistar’s latest transmission options

| July 22, 2014

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts takes International ProStars for a test drive — one powered by the Cummins-Eaton Smart Advantage powertrain and the other with Navistar's MaxxForce 13 and the Allison TC10 automated-manual transmission.

APU maker Idle Free acquired by PTI

| July 16, 2014

Phillips & Temro Industries, a portfolio company of Audax Group, announced that it has completed the acquisition of APU manufacturer Idle Free Systems Inc.

Remote controlled trucks, new automated transmission highlight ZF’s new product showcase

| July 09, 2014

ZF showed off a wide array of new systems this week, but the highlights are an all-new dual-clutch automated manual transmission and the new Smart Truck Maneuvering System, which allows trucks to be "driven" remotely ...

Self-driving trucks are here: Daimler introduces ‘Highway Pilot’ autonomous truck

| July 03, 2014

Speculation about autonomous -- or "driverless" -- vehicles has been commonplace in the trucking industry for years. Now, Daimler has made this concept a reality.

Hoses and belts: How to avoid premature failure and maximize the life

| June 26, 2014

Truck engines are hellish environments, so overlooking belts and hoses is an invitation to disaster. Since good maintenance is no guarantee against premature failure, knowledgeable technicians know to change out belts or hoses if even ...

Consultant: New CSA wave washing ashore

| June 25, 2014

Regulatory compliance expert Jeff Davis says a virtual tsunami of regulations directly or indirectly related to CSA has begun to hit the trucking industry.

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts is executive editor for CCJ and equipment editor for its sister magazine Overdrive. Roberts joined Randall-Reilly in 1995 as associate editor of Equipment World magazine and began covering both heavy-duty and light trucks in 1996. In 2006 he was the founding editor of Total Landscape Care before joining CCJ's staff in 2008.

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