Equipment

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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Brake Safety Week intensifies this year to a single-day blitz

Save the date: Sept. 7 is Brake Safety Day this year. The International Roadcheck enforcement blitz is on its way in just more than a month, June 6-8. And later in the year, the activities around Operation Safe Driver Oct. 15-21 will target unsafe behaviors, including those of automobile drivers navigating around commercial vehicles.

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Toyota to test hydrogen-powered big rig at LA ports this summer

It’s powered by two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, giving the drayage truck more than 200 miles per fill under normal operation, the company says. The rig, based on a Kenworth T660, can haul loads up to 80,000 pounds, Toyota says.

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ELDs: How much does compliance with mandate cost?

While the $1,000-plus onboard systems with expensive ongoing costs in maintenance and subscriptions haven’t gone away entirely, many inexpensive options exist, even among dedicated units.

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Gear

Ancra’s cargo restraint system

Ancra’s Logist-A-Panel cargo restraint system is a combination captive-beam decking and shoring wall system engineered to replace a standard plywood or liner panel from a sheet-and-post trailer. The trailer wall is designed for custom shoring, strapping and decking solutions, and additional capacity is available by ...

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Fatheadz’ oversized sunglasses

Fatheadz’ All-American V2.0 oversized sunglasses and optical lenses are designed to combine a stylish look with durability and comfort and come in a wide range of sizes. The lenses feature materials used in fighter jet canopies for added resistance and an anti-reflective coating to ease eye ...

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Air-Weigh’s next-generation trailer scale

Air-Weigh’s next-generation LoadMaxx Trailer Scale combines the company’s previous LoadMaxx and Quickload trailer scales into one trailer scale with two options: LoadMaxx base model, and LoadMaxx with ComLink. LoadMaxx has an icon-based touchscreen display, built-in LED alarm lights, dual-point calibration, a high-precision pressure sensor for ...

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Hendrickson’s combination beam and bar pin end bushing

Hendrickson’s Equalizing Beam with Rotating Bar Pin End Bushing is designed to allow the pin’s angle to be adjusted to match the axle pinion’s angle for a quick and easy beam installation. The bushing’s rubber material and bonding composition help facilitate longer component life, and ...

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