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Onboard recorder integrates with Google Earth

The PeopleNet company announced two weeks back that it had integrated some of the onboard data-recording capabilities of its EOBR units with Google Earth in order to provide back-office staff a bird's eye, 3-D-type view of critical events. Check out the picture here, which appears to show acceleration/braking on a right-hand curve. “In direct response to demand, we’ve given customers a ground level view that lets them “drive” the Onboard Event Recording event from point to ...

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TONIGHT: How to manage your fuel costs

Overdrive columnist and trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford will cover key fuel management topics for owner-operators in a free evening webinar.

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Farm to market in style — Bill Blankenship’s 1978 W900A

Bill Blankenship, who with his son, Jerry, runs the McMinnville-based Blankenship Farms & Nursery business, found this member of the 1978 class of Kenworth's long-running W900 model eight years ago, buying it to haul the products of his business. Today, after a long restore-and-rebuild process, he hauls trees to customers week-in, week-out -- "32 trips this year," he says. It's something of a miracle that had the truck sitting pretty out among the show and antique ...

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Rule reduces paperwork on intermodal equipment

Truckers operating intermodal equipment no longer are required to submit inspection reports if the equipment has no defects.

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Vegas trucking tweets and Music City peeps

The Great West Truck Show gets going today out in Las Vegas, running through Saturday with vendor exhibits, the Custom Rigs Pride & Polish competition, CCJ's Fleet Executive Conference (under way as of yesterday -- some news here from the first panel on challenges and opportunities trucking the rarefied California environment of late) and more. Follow Overdrive's Twitter feed @OverdriveUpdate -- and our Facebook page -- for views from the show. Associate Editor James Jaillet, among others, is on the scene and has shared ...

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Panel: California offers challenges, opportunities

Fleet executives at the Great West Fleet Executive Conference discussed doing business in the Sunshine State.

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Mother Nature lets loose on the prairie

Brian Romig took this and other fine shots of distant rain clouds while driving this month in South Dakota.

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Would the professional drivers please raise hands?

At a fueling station in Dayton, Ohio, Kevin Burch, President of the Jet Express truck line, saw a decal (pictured) on the side of a flatbed as he was fueling. The message, "This truck helps build homes for our troops," was on a flatbed in the operation of a Volvo Rents delivery fleet. Burch took a picture of it, thinking he might use it as an example in an upcoming discussion he was participating in ...

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Court rejects EPA’s Navistar engine exemption

A court rejected the ruling that allowed Navistar to sell heavy-duty diesel engines that don’t comply with emissions standards.

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World’s Toughest Trucker contestants at Great West

Drivers Jason Johnson and William Carlos "L.A. Rookie" Weekley (pictured) will be joining representatives of the Truck It Smart load matching service at their booth in Las Vegas at the Great West Truck Show, beginning Thursday. Not only have both drivers proven they can hang hauling loads in the Australian Outback and in the Himalayas, among other locales on Discovery Channel's competitive "World's Toughest Trucker" series, but they also have no problem piloting air boats, ...

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