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Truck-Lite’s Road Ready gets SmartBridge

March 8, 2018 by John Smith

Truck-Lite has added a new SmartBridge Integrator (SBI) to its Road Ready trailer telematics system, integrating with existing trailer devices. “The new SmartBridge functionality effectively creates the second generation of the system by integrating existing trailer devices with the Road […]

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PetersonPulse making trailers smarter

March 5, 2018 by John Smith

Peterson is tapping into trailer data with the new PetersonPulse intelligent trailer system, combining CAN-Bus technology and telematics capabilities. In addition to tracking the real-time status of things like lights, ABS brakes, tire pressure monitoring systems, and cargo temperature, the […]

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Seeva system helps to clear windshields

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

Seeva Technologies has developed a windshield washer heating system that can provide better windshield cleaning, de-icing, and defrosting. The small tubular system uses waste heat generated by the engine to heat the windshield washer fluid to up to 140 F. […]

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Trucking faces greatest change since deregulation: Greer

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ray Greer, the chief executive officer of Omnitracs, believes the trucking industry is undergoing its greatest period of change since deregulation.

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Trailer tracking for mixed fleets

February 21, 2018 by John Smith

Spireon is building on its FleetLocate product line with a modular trailer tracking solution for mixed fleets. FL Flex can be configured with options including door, cargo, temperature, and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels, offering actionable real-time […]

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Sponsored Mine your truck’s data and reap the rewards

February 20, 2018 by John Smith

Owning a truck telematics system is the first step toward putting valuable data to good use, but you may need some coaching to make the most of your investment.

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Small business ELD exemption ‘not likely’, analysts say

February 8, 2018 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) continues in the U.S. And while some trucking operations have secured temporary waivers, analysts at FTR Intel believe a bid to exempt small carriers outright is unlikely to succeed.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked regulators to exempt small businesses making less than US $27.5 million in revenue, that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating, and have a safe record with no attributable at-fault crashes. It would last five years.

An exemption like that – already rejected during the regulatory review process – would essentially gut the mandate for ELDs, and has been opposed by the American Trucking Associations and safety advocacy groups. Eighty-one percent of over-the-road trucking companies, and 93% of one-truck operators among them, have had no DOT-recordable crashes in the past two years, FTR notes.

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Canada unveils plans to mandate ELDs, mirror U.S.

December 31, 2017 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, ON – Canada’s federal government has unveiled plans to mandate Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in trucks, largely echoing rules that officially take hold today in the U.S.
Draft versions of the rules have been published in Canada Gazette Part 1, and once finalized are to roll out within two years.
“This will make truck drivers less prone to fatigue,” federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said after announcing the proposed regulations. “It will make our roads safer.”
Canadian-based truckers heading across the border already have to comply with the U.S. mandate.
“For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over [their] prescribed limits of service, which leads to fatigue,” he told a crowd of fleet executives and media assembled in a Trailcon Leasing service bay.
“These Electronic Logging Devices can help commercial drivers and employers comply with existing Hours of Service regulations and help reduce the potential of driver fatigue. They also help drivers and employers on the administrative side of their work, and the devices’ electronic records virtually eliminate the need for time-consuming paper logs.”
A two-year rollout will allow enough time to deploy the devices, Garneau added. “If we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better.”

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ATA applauds Electronic Logging Device mandate

December 21, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations is applauding the arrival of mandated Electronic Logging Devices in the U.S.
“Electronic Logging Devices have been legislated, promulgated and litigated – with Congress voting three times in the past five years in favor of this requirement and a federal court rejecting a challenge to the rule. The time has finally come to retire decades-old, burdensome paper logs that consume countless hours and are susceptible to fraud and put the safety of all motorists first. The benefits of this rule exceed the costs by more than $1 billion, making it a rule the ATA can firmly support and easily adopt,” said Chris Spear, the associations’ president and Chief Executive Officer.

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Trucking has role in BlackBerry resurgence

December 20, 2017 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, ON — When the leader of the free world embraces your product, you know you have a winner. So it was with BlackBerry — then known as Research in Motion — when it could boast dedicated smartphone users like U.S. President Barack Obama, who once said in an interview, “They’re going to pry it out of my hands.”

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Top 10 of 17 — PeopleNet’s wireless backup camera

December 19, 2017 by John Smith

PeopleNet has unveiled a wireless trailer backup camera that automatically pairs with any PeopleNet Video Intelligence ­receiver in the cab. Since it’s powered by the Antilock Braking System, there’s no battery to charge.

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Top 10 of 17 — Truck-Lite’s smart trailer system

December 19, 2017 by John Smith

Truck-Lite’s new Road Ready telematics system can create smarter trailers. Its Master Control Unit monitors and transmits data from a series of customizable sensors, and is powered by a solar panel rather than power from the tractor.

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ELD waiver for short-term U.S. rentals

December 13, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — A 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device mandate will soon be issued for carriers operating short-term rental trucks (defined as 30 days or less) by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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Half unprepared for ELD mandate: Survey

December 11, 2017 by John Smith

PHOENIX, AZ – With only a week to go before Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) are mandated in the U.S., a new survey is showing that almost half of the affected truckers are unprepared.

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Video and sensors combined

October 30, 2017 by John Smith

Zonar Coach is a video-based coaching system that captures video and combines it with G-sensor data that detects an event. The end result offers real-time instructions to drivers to help prevent accidents, improve efficiency, and remain compliant, the company says.