Jack Roberts

Equipment Spotlight: Auxiliary power units

Anti-idling laws now are the norm across the country and are so firmly entrenched in the public’s mind that parked trucks with engines running – once so commonplace, they attracted little if any notice – stand out starkly in cities and neighborhoods. But for long-haul truckers, anti-idling laws created a big problem: Staying comfortable during off-duty hours. Various solutions were proposed, including shorepower hookups that allowed truckers to plug into a local power grid – much ...

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Kenworth W900 Icon test drive: A classic, reborn

Some old-school owner-operators are more than happy to take a fuel economy penalty for the honor of driving something like a W900. That leads us to the Icon 900 – a special-edition W900 unveiled this year. Here's Overdrive's test drive.

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Texas two-step: Driving Freightliner SD models

Test-run in the Freightliner 114SD unladen and a 108SD in a loaded dump application: Freightliner leaned hard on its highway tractors to develop the SD vocational line. That’s a good thing.

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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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