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Do you trust autonomous vehicles?

June 6, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Engineers have proven they can create cars and trucks that move without drivers at the controls, but confidence in early autonomous vehicles has been shaken in the wake of some high-profile collisions.

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Taking a quick spin with Daimler’s electric trucks

February 11, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jim Park takes some of Daimler’s earliest electric vehicles out for a test drive, but it will be several years before such trucks are a widespread offering.

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Has platooning reached a dead end?

January 11, 2019 by John Smith

Has Daimler’s Martin Daum thrown serious rain on the platooning parade? Is he right to stop investing in the technology? Will he dissuade others from doing so?

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Paez tackles the Olympian challenge of cross-border trucking

November 30, 2018 by John Smith

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Crossing an international border can seem like an Olympian task at the best of times, with challenges ranging from ever-changing regulations to the search for backhauls. But Olympic Transport has been rising to those challenges for […]

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The rules of the game are changing in Mexico

November 30, 2018 by John Smith

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Daimler has 8,000 Daimler employees in Mexico, and now their work will be guided by a new series of rules. But a new USMCA trade deal is only one of them.

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Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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Daimler forecasts 440,000 Class 6-8 trucks

October 30, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas — Roger Nielsen, CEO of Daimler Truck North America, discussed electrification, autonomy, the state of the economy and the supply chain during a round table at the American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Texas.

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Keep Cool: Engine coolants have evolved, so have maintenance needs

October 9, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Internal combustion engines burn fuel to produce kinetic energy, and generate heat in the process. That’s why we’ve always needed coolants – although, they’ve evolved from simple well water into modern-day mixtures of glycol and water. The […]

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Euro Zone: New and future truck tech at IAA show

September 20, 2018 by John Smith

HANNOVER, Germany — The scope and scale of the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, is like no other. Daimler and Traton – the recently rebranded Volkswagen Truck and Bus — stake their claims to entire buildings rather than individual exhibit halls. Some of the aisles in the halls are as wide as streets. The individual buildings are divided by actual streets. And did we mention the Ferris wheel?

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Daimler displays safety-first philosophy in launch

September 18, 2018 by John Smith

HANNOVER, Germany – Safety is the name of the game, and Daimler has clearly raised that game with an array of new features unveiled during the IAA truck show. The latest generation of Europe’s cabover Actros tractor includes no fewer than 60 new features, four of which have made world premiers. But in a launch event branded as “transforming transportation”, the focuses on visibility, pedestrian detection, and automated braking took center stage.

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Unimog’s Utility: Meet Daimler’s beast of burden

September 18, 2018 by John Smith

OTIGHEIM, Germany — The deliberate motions of Daimler’s Unimog are more like that of a farm animal than truck, a modern-day beast of burden. You could say it’s in the vehicle’s DNA. The Unimog (officially the Universalmotorgerat, for universal motor […]

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My Money’s on Hydrogen: After decades of talk, the fuel choice is close

August 13, 2018 by John Smith

Plug-in electric trucks are all the rage these days, mostly medium-duty machines, but there’s even a functional prototype logging truck that’s not only electric but fully autonomous as well. Swedish tech start-up Einride recently unveiled its T-log truck that incorporates […]

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Trump, Tariffs and Trucks: A trade war is bad for trucking

June 8, 2018 by John Smith

Apparently Americans see Canada as a security threat. It was surprising news, but there was U.S. President Donald Trump, invoking the role of national security when imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” […]

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Daimler rolls out electric trucks for North America

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America has unveiled electric Class 8 and medium-duty trucks today, with plans to have a 30-truck “innovation fleet” working in selected applications before the end of the year.

“It is our target at Daimler to have the broadest – the absolute broadest – e-truck fleet in North America by 2021,” said president and CEO Roger Nielsen, as an electrified version of the Class 8 Cascadia rolled by.

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Daimler continues to build connections

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks North America will expand on its portfolio of connected vehicle offerings this year, giving fleets greater access to vehicle data and new Bluetooth-enabled connections for the cab. A subscription-based service known as Detroit Connect Direct, […]