Equipment

Garmin releases new dashcam

The Garmin Dash Cam 35 records in high definition and features a collision warning system that alerts the driver when following too closely to a car ahead, as well as nearby red light cameras and speed cameras.

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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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DOT report on fatal 2016 Tesla crash with tractor-trailer blames limitations of Autopilot mode

NHTSA concluded the car’s operator, who died in the collision, was leaning too heavily on the car’s driver assist systems, which failed to brake when a tractor-trailer crossed the road in front of the car.

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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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Commercial tire prices set to increase in 2017

Tire manufacturers Yokohama, Bridgestone and Michelin have announced they will be increasing tire prices by 7-8 percent in 2017.

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Trump’s halt on regulations the ‘death knell’ for truck speed limiter rule

Trump's regulatory reluctance -- and a recent memo to federal agencies ordering them to halt new regulations -- could be the end of the U.S. DOT's quest to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks.

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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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Building the gremlin wall

"Engine trouble is straightforward with our Detroit. It's the dang electrical gremlins that baffle and make us crazy. Those and the black hole that sucks socks and lighters into it.... Sometimes, it's hard to build walls. Even for gremlins."

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