Equipment

Safety board recommends trucks be connected to avoid crashes

NTSB has made recommendations to other DOT agencies in response to a truck and school bus crash. One of them is that all vehicles on the road be connected via wireless technology.

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One serious Series 60 in action at truck pull in N.Y.

A look under the hood of owner-operator Erich Owens' 2001 Western Star powered by a 12.7-L Detroit capable of pushing 2,000 horsepower at a truck pull, then moving back to freight hauling serving the mushroom industry.

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Will drivers come around on automatic transmissions?

Manufacturers say enhanced data sharing between engines and transmissions is boosting the efficiency of automatic transmissions over manual. Will they ever gain acceptance among drivers?

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Agency clears phones, GPS systems for use as bypass transponders

Smartphones, tablets, global positioning system navigation units and onboard telematics devices have all been cleared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for use as transponders in commercial trucks

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Auto vs. manual transmission: Data-driven tech better than complete control?

Previous performance issues with automatic transmissions have been smoothed out by the amount of data engines and transmissions are sharing. Will they finally be able to make a strong inroads in trucking?

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Idle Smart/OOIDA partnership

OOIDA members to receive rebate on the purchase of the Idle Smart automatic engine start/stop solution for in-cab climate control.

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Workstar comes back, will use Navistar 13-liter SCR engine

Navistar International announced July 16 it is bringing back its International WorkStar vocational line and will use its 13-liter engine equipped with selective catalytic reduction emissions tech to power it.

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Sluggish rates, accessorials holding back equipment investment

More results from Transport Capital Partners' Second Quarter 2013 Business Expectations Survey show perceived inadequate rates hampering business investment for carriers of all sizes.

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