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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, […]

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Daimler to open automated truck research center

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks will create an Automated Truck Research and Development Center at its North American headquarters in Portland, Ore. – focusing on automated driving technology and its effect on society and customers alike.

The new center builds on the company’s established research and development presence, and will be at Swan Island, where a full-scale truck wind tunnel can already be found.

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EconicSD enters the waste race

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Freightliner has unveiled the EconicSD waste collection truck to North America in a bid to secure a share of the 2,400 to 2,600 trucks sold in its category per year. Available in 6×4, high-cab and low-cab, and rear- and side-loader configurations, the low-entry COE features panoramic windows and an optional pneumatic bi-fold door on the passenger’s side. The vehicle will even kneel like a transit bus to ease access in and out of the cab.

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Will the future include one SIM to rule them all?

April 18, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The future of connected trucks lies in integration and reducing the number of entry points into a truck, according to industry experts.

Speaking on a morning panel about data and “the internet of trucks” at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit, Ric Bedard of Cetaris said some of his projects involved more than 400 connection and integration points because each technology manufacturer has its own proprietary system.

That disjointed technology leads to problems ranging from a flood of data that is almost unusable, to introducing more access points for potential cybersecurity attacks.

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Mitsubishi Fuso goes with gasoline

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Allowing that diesel still owns something like 60% of the medium-duty market, Mitsubishi Fuso thinks that there’s a sizeable group of users who simply want the simplicity of gas engines. Just ‘turn it on and go’ is what they want, having no wish to fool with DEF tanks and the like.

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DD8 engine ready to roll

February 21, 2018 by Rolf Lockwood

The new Detroit DD8 engine, first hinted about in 2015 and formally introduced a year ago, has been in production since late last year. Now, says Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), it has been installed in a production truck for the first time.

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Detroit’s DD8 is ready to go

February 6, 2018 by Rolf Lockwood

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The new Detroit DD8 engine, first hinted about in 2015 and formally introduced a year ago, has been in production since late last year. Yesterday, says Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), it was installed in a […]

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Little engines that can: Big power from small displacements

February 2, 2018 by Jim Park

TORONTO, ON — Canada has always been big-bore territory: big trucks, big loads, big hills, big engines. Right? If you’re one of those with feet firmly planted in the big bore camp, it might be time to re-think that position. Some of today’s smaller engines are surprisingly capable. They are lighter and more fuel-efficient, and deliver performance that’s nearly equal to their larger brothers.

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Keynote named for Green Truck Summit

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for Freightliner and Detroit, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Green Truck Summit. Schaefer will address technologies and developments in clean diesel, natural gas, and electrification […]