Overdrive Staff

Google confirms self-driving truck platform in the works

Google parent company Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous driving unit, Waymo, is developing a self-driving truck platform, the company confirmed Thursday.

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Chris Ratiu’s 2016 Volvo VNL 780

Ratiu primarily uses the truck to haul equipment with a 2016 Doonan Chaparral tri-axle step deck.

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Year’s biggest inspection blitz begins Tuesday

Drivers have just a few more days to prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck inspection spree, while will begin Tuesday, June 6.

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Trucking jobs flat in May

The for-hire trucking industry lost 100 jobs in May, according to the Department of Labor's monthly report. Construction in the month added 11,000 jobs, while manufacturing dropped 1,000.

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Young trucker hits low bridge, FMCSA issues GPS alert

It is unclear if the young trucker was following GPS directions, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an alert Wednesday, May 31, warning truck drivers to use professional-grade navigation systems that provide route restrictions.

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Former trucking company employee steals truck, crashes it into brothel

A disgruntled former trucking company employee allegedly stole a tractor-trailer from the company and rammed it into the front of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch on May 25.

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More than 850 moving trucks, trailers owned by shuttered Graebel Van Lines to be sold at auction

The trucks and trailers, previously owned by the now-closed Graebel Van Lines, will be auctioned without minimum bids or reserve prices.

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Greg and Danelle Swafford’s 2016 Western Star 5700

The Weaver, Ala., couple's rig is powered by a Detroit DD15 and a 12-speed automatic Detroit DT12. Leased to Mercer Transportation, the truck is used to haul military freight on a 2017 Doonan Platinum step deck.

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Honeywell’s ‘Connected’ tech for drivers, fleets, shippers

Honeywell's Connected Driver Solution offers a new platform to "replace paper and disjointed systems with one integrated system," the company says, "built to simplify the driver's job."

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North Carolina truck stop to get IdleAir electrification stations

Duke Energy says the $300,000 project will provide electricity, along with heating or cooling for drivers, during overnight stays at Big Boy's Truck Stop in Kenly, N.C. There will also be four plugs to provide standby power for reefer units to avoid using diesel compressors.

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