Jack Roberts

Volvo updates I-Shift, unveils liftable axle system for 6×2 applications

Volvo launched several new initiatives at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., March 26, including a specialized I-Shift automated transmission for severe duty applications and a new Adaptive Loading System based around an automatically-controlled 6×2 liftable forward axle.

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Cummins previews 2017 15L engine, announces cross-country roadshow

Cummins kicked off the Mid-America Trucking Show this week by previewing its 2017 model 15-liter ISX engine, which it says is already fully compliant with the 2017 EPA deadline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel economy.

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Detroit unveils safety system that alerts drivers, brakes autonomously

Detroit showed off last week its new Assurance safety system, an active system that uses radar to scan the highway in front of a truck to adjust cruising speed, alert drivers of fast closure rate and brake autonomously, if needed, to avoid a crash.

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Drive test: Western Star’s newly released 5700XE on-highway tractor

Western Star goes for a major style reset with its first aerodynamic tractor.

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Mack introduces updated telematics, diagnostics package

Mack announced a major expansion package to its GuardDog Connect fleet telematics system. The company’s new Mack Fleet Management Services is a suite of software and technology offerings made possible by an initial partnership with Telogis.

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

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 in long-haul applications.

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

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.

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Hands on with Navistar’s latest transmission options

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.

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APU maker Idle Free acquired by PTI

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

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ZF highlights remote-controlled trucks, new transmission

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 with a tablet computer.

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