equipment

International WorkStar getting new axle option

International's WorkStar 7400 and 7500 models will feature a Fabco FSD-20K right-hand offset axle as a new option. The addition of the Fabco axle, Mark Stasell, vice president of International Trucks' vocational truck business says, is part of the company's plans to continue investment into International's vocational truck line this year. "Listening to and providing the specific features they need for their applications is a key part of our strategy to be the ‘chassis of choice’ ...

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Uber’s self-driving truck venture shaken up as legal woes mount

With legal trouble swirling around Uber's autonomous truck venture, the company has fired Anthony Levandowski, the founder of the autonomous truck company Otto and a star engineer with Uber and, formerly, Google. The company also quietly announced last month it dropped the name Otto, as it was facing a lawsuit by a Canadian-based robotics company of the same name.

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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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Daimler recalls nearly 700 Freightliner, Western Star trucks

Daimler Trucks North America says approximately 698 model year 2017 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 5700 trucks equipped with NFD rear tandem axles are included in the recall.

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Tech giants Google, Uber battling in court over autonomous truck secrets

Google and its subsidiary Waymo claim Uber and Otto Trucking stole thousands of documents and company trade secrets. Uber denies the claims. A judge Monday issued an injunction against Uber and Otto.

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Testing shows underride guards for trailer sides cuts injury, fatality risk

Rulemakings to mandate installation of rear-mounted underride guards on trailers and straight truck configurations are at various stages in the federal regulatory process. IIHS says its study shows the need for mandates for side-mounted underride guards, too.

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Nikola mulling per-mile pricing system for hydrogen-powered tractor, says testing to begin next fall

Nikola unveiled the 1,000-hp fully electric rig last year. The company says it produces no emissions and can operate up to 1,200 miles before its hydrogen fuel cell needs to be replaced.

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California Senate committee hearing will discuss lemon law change proposal to cover trucks May 9

The hearing in Sacramento takes up changes proposed in Senate Bill 713 that would expand California's lemon law to cover vehicles heavier than 10,000 lbs. and include other modifications relative to business-size exclusions for the owners of such vehicles, mileage limitations and more.

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Tesla rendering teases electric big rig

“It’s meant to alleviate the heavy-duty trucking loads,” says Tesla's Elon Musk. “This is something which people do not today think is possible. The think the truck doesn’t have enough power or it doesn’t have enough range. With the Tesla semi, we want to show than an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi.”

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Hours reform, importance of manned vehicles highlight FMCSA session on autonomous trucks

With several companies jockeying to bring autonomous trucks to market, industry stakeholders this week stressed to a panel of top officers from FMCSA the importance of manned control for tractor-trailers, at least for the foreseeable future. Commenters also noted the potential for hours of service reform.

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