Today's Trucking

Brightness is key for 3M roadshow

July 26, 2018 by elizabeth

MILTON, Ont. – It’s raining, it’s dark, and you’re squinting to see the lines on the road and the signs ahead of you.

We’ve all been there, but if you’ve ever cursed your inability to see road markings in the dark or bad weather, you don’t necessarily need to blame advancing age or declining sight, say engineers at 3M. Instead, you should blame the sign technology.


Volvo Trucks N.A. partners with FedEx to test platooning vehicles in live conditions

June 27, 2018 by elizabeth

RALEIGH, NC — Volvo Trucks North America drove a long-held secret down North Carolina Highway 540 today.

In the first successful on-highway demonstration of platooning technology between a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company, Volvo and FedEx working closely with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) took three trucks on the road to showcase their advanced driver assisted technology.

Volvo has kept its partnership with FedEx under wraps for about a year, using Volvo VNL 300 day cabs and a Volvo VNL 670 sleeper cab first on closed tracks in South Carolina and then for the last three  months on the North Carolina Triangle Expressway — an area designated by the NCTA as a testing place for autonomous vehicles — to adapt its platooning technology developed in Europe for the North American market.


What’s the Rush? Are we moving too fast on autonomous vehicles?

April 10, 2018 Rolf Lockwood

Perspective is what prevents us from making lousy decisions and watching our stress levels rise as we try to cope with the fallout from those mistakes and misperceptions. Never before, I would argue, has perspective been as necessary as it is now. In life at large and certainly in this industry of ours.


Waymo putting semi-autonomous Class 8’s on Atlanta roads this week

March 12, 2018 by elizabeth

ATLANTA, Ga. – Self-driving trucks are hitting the road in the United States this week, hauling freight in a live test of the technology.


Paccar trucks take CES stage

January 9, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is known for displaying the latest and greatest innovations in technology. This year, that includes several trucks – including autonomous and low-emission offerings from Paccar. Peterbilt’s Model 579 prototype is powered […]


Teamsters, OOIDA look to autonomous truck rules

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, MO — As U.S. legislation to govern autonomous passenger vehicles pushes forward, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and Teamsters Union are both weighing in with thoughts about the path toward rules for autonomous trucks.


Daimler testing platooning in U.S.

September 25, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Daimler Trucks North America is testing platooning systems on test tracks and select highways, further exploring technologies to enhance fuel economy. Tightly spaced pairs of trucks are now running in controlled trips along Oregon and Nevada highways. […]


IN PRINT — Tailgate Party: Platooning questions involve more than tech

June 27, 2017 by John Smith

Nike wants a runner to complete a marathon in under two hours, but the target will involve more than the company’s swoosh-marked shoes. Other marathoners will take turns running in the controlled race, helping to optimize the aerodynamic conditions that can be leveraged by the record hopeful who will tuck in behind them. It’s not the only sport to leverage the pulling forces of “drafting”. The concept has been used everywhere from cycling’s Tour de France to the ovals of NASCAR. With the help of emerging technology such as adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation systems, trucking could be on the cusp of realizing the same techniques – using automatically set following distances in a process known as platooning.


Manitoba panel tackles challenge of new tech

April 11, 2017 by sehui

WINNIPEG, MB – Technology is often developed to make a process simpler, more efficient or safer, but staying up to date with the trucking industry’s latest advancements can often leave carriers frustrated. As technology continues to rapidly develop, fleets have to educate themselves on new technological capabilities but also look deeper into what the technology will do for their company.


Trucking a key to autonomous vehicles: Spear

February 28, 2017 by John Smith

PHOENIX, AZ — According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.


Future Shock: Speakers discuss changing workplaces

November 25, 2016 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, ON – Predicting the future is an inexact science, but several emerging trends offer glimpses of things to come. The Toronto chapter of CITT, which offers training in supply chain logistics, pulled together several industry representatives at its Fast Forward event on Thursday night to share thoughts on challenges they experience and expect.


Volvo testing autonomous FMX in Swedish mine

September 8, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

KRISTINEBERG, SWEDEN – Volvo is testing a fully autonomous truck in operations deep underground in the Kristineberg Mine in Sweden as part of a development project aimed at improving transport flow and safety in the mine.


Tesla was speeding in fatal truck collision, NTSB finds

August 2, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board has found that the 2015 Tesla Model S car was speeding at the time of the May 7 Florida highway crash that led to the first autonomous vehicle driver death in history.