Equipment

Former staffers from tech giants Google, Apple, Tesla partner on autonomous Class 8 development

A handful of former Google employees who worked on the company’s self-driving car project have turned their attention to a new start-up aimed at developing an autonomous retrofit system for Class 8 trucks.

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POLL: Ever leased a truck?

Though the routes to equipment procurement for most readers has traditionally been cash, financing or lease-purchase, the rising cost of new equipment and questions about reliability lead many to believe more interest in full-service leasing could emerge. What's been your experience with leasing?

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Used truck prices continue decline, sales inch forward

Sleeper tractors between 3 and 5 years old lost an average of 2.5 percent of their retail value from February to March according to data released Monday by American Truck Dealers.

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FMCSA declines to file response to motion asking Supreme Court to hear ELD lawsuit

The latest on the renegade effort (of sorts) by trucker William Trescott to intervene in the OOIDA-brought lawsuit seeking to strike down the DOT's electronic logging device mandate. Trescott this month asked the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

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New food hauling regulations up the need for clean equipment, lawyer says

Pertaining to new regulations handed down last month by the FDA for food haulers, shippers will now be in charge of setting cleanliness guidelines for truckers and their equipment and could turn trucks away without loads if they fail to meet previously agreed to requirements, ...

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Off-road Western Star with ‘transformer’ capability, new extreme-duty spec

The Western Star 6900XD Multi-Body Transformer (MBT)-40 – dubbed transformer for its ability to quickly switch out one fully functional in-cab-controlled body application for another – is the first such offering from Western Star and a new concept for off-road equipment markets.

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Volvo hit record marketshare in 2015, automated transmission take rate at 88 percent

Volvo Trucks' North American boss, Goran Nyberg, and Volvo Trucks global head Claess Nilsson met with industry press Wednesday to talk coming emissions regulations, the company's record market share in 2015 and platooning and automated technology.

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Alert: FMCSA says these crude tanks must be repaired, retested before hazmat use

Affected tanks have a capacity of 8,400 gallons, 8,717 gallons and 10,500 gallons, and are primarily used for the transportation of petroleum crude oil, FMCSA says.

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International to offer over-the-air programming for Cummins engines

Over-the-air programming, available through the nine-pin International LINK device, enables drivers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate engine programming at the customer’s facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi Connection.

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Navistar remote diagnostics system hits 200,000 vehicle milestone

Initially demonstrated in October 2013, the company says the milestone underscores the system’s integration with a large and growing number of leading telematics service providers.

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Startup company targeting owner-operators with electric Class 8 truck

The Nikola One's operational cost per mile is expected to be somewhere between 20-30 cents per mile, roughly half of most diesel-powered semis, but its purchase price is expected to range from $350,000 to $415,000, depending on options.

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Long live your tires, Part 2: Proper maintenance and retreading

Once you’ve chosen the most appropriate tires for your application, the potential for cost savings lies in maintenance. Improper inflation and poor rotation are the two primary causes of irregular tire wear. They’re also among the easiest to avoid.

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