truck

A truck by any other name

Etymology of the word 'truck' and various other words for the explosion of new things these past 150 years.

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Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a robot convoy

Steven Ashley, writing for the BBC, gives a good update on recent testing of self-driving heavy-duty trucks, particularly a test of four trucks on an oval track in Tsukuba, Japan.

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Are you happy with your insurance company?

Consumer insurance portal Insure.com recently tracked customer satisfaction by polling users of the site as to their happiness -- or lack thereof -- with their auto, home, life and health insurers, evaluating these keys areas; customer service, claims experience and value for the price paid. They also asked whether customers planned to renew their policies and whether they would recommend their companies. ...

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Trucking firms add 3,600 positions

Compared with November 2010, trucking employment is up by 33,800 jobs.

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Memphis expo and Nashville show this weekend

Outreach, education in Memphis I had the good fortune of meeting Niki Brown and her husband, independent owner-operator Steve Nelson, this past weekend at the Truck Driver Social Media Convention (if you missed my reporting from the event, find two stories here and here) in Tunica, Miss., due south of their Memphis home base. They're the pair behind Worldwide Transport & Permit Service and the Memphis Trucking Expo, the second annual edition of which is ...

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A couple for the kids: Truck, stop! Truck, go!

On children's musician, author and childhood development specialist Jim Gill's most recent CD / DVD, "Music Play for Folks of All Stripes," an interactive tune called "Truck Stop" schools listeners in a fun way on the basics of the truck driver's work. As with most of Gill's tunes, adults are coached toward leading kids through imaginative play. In this case, that means pretending to be trucks that go, that stop, drivers that drink coffee and eat salads ...

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Handheld onboard scale

The Smart Scale system features a backlit handheld wireless receiver and an expanded memory capacity from last year’s model, allowing units to store configuration data for up to 2,000 different trailers. The system has a signal range of up to 500 feet and allows driver monitoring from in the cab or away from the truck. Sensors are available for both air-ride and mechanical suspensions, can be installed without tools and run off of AA batteries. TRUCKWEIGHT, ...

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Truck parking casualties of the Minnesota government shutdown

As if drivers and owner-operators didn't have enough parking problems, the government shutdown in Minnesota will make it at least a wee bit -- if not more than that, of course -- more difficult to find a decent spot if taking off-duty rest in the state's borders. Monday, a state judge denied the Minnesota Trucking Association's petition to keep the rest areas open, stating that, according to the MTA, rest area operations were "non-critical government ...

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Double-banked roll cab

A free WorkCenter is available with the purchase of a Master Series Roll Cab. The Master Series Roll Cab is a double banked tool storage unit with 13 drawers, made out of 16-gauge 304 stainless steel. The WorkCenter features a Slots ‘n Dots flexible mounting system and provides vertical storage that turns the roll cab into a moveable workbench. SNAP-ON, www.snapon.com

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Cup holder

The Cup Keeper Cup Holder Adapter is a patented plastic adapter that makes any size mug, cup or bottle fit into your vehicle’s cup holder. It sits in the existing cup holder and expands to the opening without installation. MCNAUGHTON, mcincshopcom.ipage.com/store/page3.html

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