Todd Dills

SmartDrive multi-cam video platform to detect fatigue/distraction

SmartDrive's new SmartSense for Distracted Driving program, available in Q1 2018, employs video/processing power to detect "distraction, inattention or drowsiness." When the system does, it "triggers a video, which is prioritized and offloaded for immediate verification and intervention."

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‘It just keeps happening in the Notch’: Truckers, beware Vermont route 108

The notorious Smuggler's Notch route continues to snare tractor-trailers blindly following GPS despite recent 20x fine increases -- says a reader familiar withthe area: "Any large vehicle" attempting the route, "especially any tractor trailer, is doomed."

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‘Bringing the cultural diversity of trucking together’: Scott Reed, Mike Landis on ELD protest outcomes

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, you'll hear ELD protest part organizer Scott Reed's reflection on outcomes and next steps, and owner-operator Mike Landis offers his narration of what it was like to have been a part of the effort, with his 1999 Peterbilt cabover along for the ride.

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Checking in with Ben Cadle and a recent fleet addition: The ‘Joy Ride 3’ 1982 Freightliner cabover

Video: Take a run through small fleet owner Ben Cadle's new flagship 1982 cabover, as seen at GATS this year as well as at the Southern Classic Truck Show in N.C. He hauls about a load a week in it today, he says, after spending a year and a half or more turning it into this custom gem.

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Fatigue’s Fast Track

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Obamacare open enrollment: Nov. 1-Dec. 15 for HealthCare.gov insurance exchange

A series of state-run health insurance exchanges, however, have announced extended periods, most through either January 15 or 31 with some differences.

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‘Amateur hour’: ATA prez takes a seeming swipe at anti-ELD mandate protests

And reader Glenn Gilbert offers an "Isaiah and the ELD" biblical take on it all, of a fashion ... Meanwhile, Lucas Oil's founder joins the Sikhs PAC leader in expressing official concern over the mandate, amid a slow drip of ELD delay cosponsors.

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Innovative pricing as ELD provider competition heats up

A few deals for qualifying drivers -- from BigRoad, KeepTruckin, Magellan -- sure to multiply among other providers with the raft of ELD providers out there. If you're shopping, don't be afraid to ask ...

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When cellular service adds monthly fees to ELDs

Most any BYOD-type ELD with dedicated tablets will come with monthly costs for a data plan. If you’re pairing a BYOD ELD with a smartphone or tablet you already have with a service plan, such cost wouldn’t necessarily figure into your back-of-the-envelope investment calculation.

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Spot market: Rates cool a smidge for vans, reefers, but conditions remain good for truckers

After surging for several weeks van spot market rates moderated a bit the week of Oct. 8-14. Looser truckload capacity led to a lower national average, interrupting what had been seven straight weeks of increases.

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