equipment

Iowa highways could become testing grounds for truck platooning tech

A bill in the Iowa state legislature this session would open the door for truck platoons to begin operating on the state’s highways as a means to test the technology and fine tune it for wider scale deployment.

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Navistar launches new 12.4-liter engine for on-highway applications

Navistar announced at TMC Monday the launch of its new 12.4-liter engine, the International A26, which will replace the company's N13 engine. Kenworth also announced new steer axle options for T680 and T880 trucks, and Cummins launched a new oil analysis program.

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TMC roundup: New ELDs, axles, suspensions more announced at annual conference

The American Trucking Associations' annual Technology and Maintenance Council conference has seen a number of announcements including new axles, suspensions, ELDs and more.

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Another startup enters autonomous truck market with plans for retrofit system

A California-based upstart company has entered the autonomous truck ring with plans to develop an autonomous retrofit system for existing trucks that company co-founder Alex Rodrigues says should cost less than $50,000 per unit to deploy.

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Toyo adds to M-Line of commercial tires

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is expanding the size availability for the Toyo M920 drive tire and the Toyo M149 Super Single. The premium M920 drive traction tire, with its wide and staggered tread block, is designed for trucks that require all-season capabilities. Its two wide circumferential grooves are designed to shed water during wet conditions.  New sizes added to the M920 lineup include a 315/80R22.5 with a Load Index of L, also an 11R24.5 and a 285/75R24.5.  The total M920 size range ...

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Bendix ESP standard on Kenworth T680, T880 tractors

Kenworth announced that the Bendix Electronic Stability Program is now standard on its new T680 and T880 tractors. The ESP system is designed to help stabilize the vehicle during loss-of-control situations on dry, wet and snow- and ice-covered highways. Customers will receive the Bendix 4S/4M configuration, which has four sensors and four modulators and includes Bendix Smart ATC Automatic Traction Control and Bendix ESP.

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Kenworth updates predictive cruise on T680

Kenworth announced Friday it has updated the Predictive Cruise Control functionality available for the Kenworth T680 and T880, coming in conjunction with the new 2017 Paccar MX-11 and MX-13 engines and Cummins X15 engines. The updates offer fuel economy boosts, the company says.

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Lightweight Meritor steer axle now standard on Class 8 Kenworths

The axle is available in standard and wide track configurations with a gross axle weight rating of 12,000 and 13,200 pounds, respectively.

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Test drive: Volvo’s $2M SuperTruck

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jason Cannon got behind the wheel of Volvo’s SuperTruck concept vehicle last month. Details here...

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Volvo nixes plans to cut workers at truck plant due to better Class 8 outlook

Volvo Trucks has cancelled plans to layoff up to 500 workers at its Virginia-based truck manufacturing plant. Volvo spokesperson Brandon Borgna says the company has been “encouraged” by recent trends in the Class 8 market.

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