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34-hour restart clarification misses another funding bill

Congress passed Wednesday a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. Though the stopgap spending law wards off a government shutdown, the bill did not include a provision to clarify the future of hours of service rules pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

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New ‘always-on’ in-cab video system

Lytx, maker of the DriveCam system of forward- and in-cab-facing video systems capturing events by triggers, is now offering what it calls an "always-on," cloud-based video platform called Unisyn.

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Spot market update: If you’re following the demand, ‘Go west, young man’

"The whole West Coast is showing good freight and rising rates," notes DAT's Ken Harper, particularly in van/reefer segments. "L.A.-Long Beach was driven by the Hanjin debacle," the abrupt bankruptcy of the Hanjin ocean shipping company, but Northern California and the Northwest are showing improvement as well.

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Advanced cruise control system pushes Navistar SuperTruck to double efficiency standards set by DOE, company says

The CatalIST SuperTruck achieves a fuel economy of 13 mpg. Navistar says one of the major gains made by the SuperTruck development is in its predictive cruise control, which looks ahead of the vehicle and recognizes the terrain and continuously calculates the most efficient speed and gear for optimal fuel economy in real time.

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POLL: Who’s most likely to get your vote in November for President?

Did the first presidential debate sway you one way or another? In this poll, Overdrive asks readers to weigh in on where their presidential votes are likely to go, whether toward the major parties' or third-party candidates.

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First Pete 567 Heritage goes to Hinz Trucking

Peterbilt presented the first production Model 567 Heritage – a new version of the model with exclusive interior and exterior styling features – to Hinz Trucking, who drove it off the assembly line at Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas manufacturing facility.

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Negotiating rates without needing ‘extra blood-pressure medicine’

Conceive of negotiations over loads/rates as an opportunity to start or extend a potential long-term business relationship -- don't leave money on the table, but always keep in mind this rule of thumb: "If both sides aren't happy in the end, it's not negotiating."

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Freightliner, Western Star trucks affected by two recalls

One recall affects approximately 1,000 Freightliner Cascadias with compressed natural gas engines, and the other affects approximately 150 Freightliner and Western Star trucks equipped with the wrong front axle hubs.

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Forecasters: Trucking’s autonomous revolution is nigh, and it may be prickly

Transportation forecasters and top brass at truck OEs sent a message to the trucking industry in recent weeks: Autonomous trucking is coming, and its revolution will likely have a greater impact on the industry than deregulation of the early 1980s.

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Utility Trailer introduces new, lighter flatbed

The 4000AE comes standard with a 47,000-pound coil haul package and is 627 pounds lighter than the 4000A model fitted with an optional coil haul package, Utility says.

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