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Daimler brands display ‘star power’ at MATS

From show-stopping tie-ins to Optimus Prime, NASCAR and tire-smoking tractors, to more mundane matters such as fuel efficiency improvements and automated transmission sales, Daimler Trucks North America used its press preview hour at the Mid-America Trucking Show to highlight a wide range of industry-leading products from the company’s various brands – and to hint at more to come. Among the more interesting items, and a likely crowd favorite when the doors officially open Thursday, Daimler’s Western ...

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Heil returns to stainless steel tanker market

After a 15 year absence, trailer manufacturer Heil is again manufacturing and selling stainless steel tanker trailers for general chemical hauling applications. The new line of tankers consists of four different application-based models including a round/double conical model, a dry bulk model, a stainless steel round/double conical design and a carbon steel round cryogenic trailer. Heil says the new trailers are highly adaptable for a variety of applications including an easy-to-clean 1611 trailer model. Other features Heil has ...

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Cummins announces new technology focus and vehicle telematics system

If you hold press credentials for the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, KY, then the traditional kickoff event for the show is always a dinner hosted by Cummins the evening before press days begin. This year, Cummins used the opportunity to showcase several new products targeting fuel economy and fleet efficiency enhancements. According to Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President of Cummins' heavy-duty, mid-range engine businesses, for the past several years, Cummins has been focused on meeting sequenced Federal ...

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Meritor WABCO to release ProView performance management system in May 2014

Meritor WABCO is working with SmartDrive Systems to develop what the company bills as the commercial vehicle industry’s most comprehensive and efficient performance management system. Designed to help fleets improve safety and operational efficiency, ProView Powered by SmartDrive will be available starting in May 2014. “By offering video and data analytics and delivering critical event video content fast, fleets can identify and significantly reduce potentially dangerous situations,” says Jon Morrison, president and general manager for ...

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Driverless trucks, driver scorecards: Bendix highlights collision mitigation tech

Bendix covered a variety of topics at its annual breakfast press event in Louisville at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 26, ranging from autonomous trucks, collision mitigation technology, the economy and its SafetyDirect driver/truck monitoring system. Below is the live Twitter coverage of Bendix's speakers talks on SafetyDirect and driverless vehicles. Click here to see coverage of Bendix Electronic Stability Program system and its growth in the market. Below the Twitter coverage are some screenshots from ...

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Bendix breaks 300,000 trucks using collision stability system

At last year's Mid-America Trucking Show, Bendix made a bold prediction; that the company would have 300,000 trucks on the road using the company's Electronic Stability Program (ESP) collision and stability system. At the company's breakfast briefing held at this year's show in Louisville, Ky. Wednesday, Fred Andersky, Bendix's director of government affairs, delivered an update. "It took six full years to get to 100,000," he says of the benchmark of EPS systems in the marketplace, "but ...

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Overdrive, TCA name year’s top truckers

Two Canadian drivers took top honors Tuesday night at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting, each winning a 2013 Ram 2500, sponsored by Chevron Delo and Cummins. The competition is managed by TCA and Overdrive. Terrance Smith was named 2013 Owner-Operator of the Year. He lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, and is leased to SLH Transport, based in Kingston, Ontario. Jack Fielding was named 2013 Company Driver of the Year. He lives in McKellar, Ontario, and drives ...

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Teamsters strike agreement with Calif. port carrier on drivers’ right to unionize

The National Labor Relations Board has negotiated a settlement between a California carrier and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to post notice about the right to unionize.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Hours rule waivers for propane haulers extended as Obama signs exemption bill

Propane haulers in 36 states are exempt from federal hours-of-service regulations until May 31, as President Barack Obama signed a bill into law March 21 that extends waivers first granted in February by FMCSA.

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Grid power: How electric lane technology from Europe could transform U.S. trucking

Now experiments in Germany and California with another type of electric truck could lead to a radically new way for trucks as heavy as Class 8 to move freight in the United States.

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