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.
KELOWNA, BC – So-called “uniform conditions” limit cargo losses to $2 per pound, but many carriers are exposed to higher losses than that, according to Michael Silva of Whitelaw Twinning Law Corporation.
DETROIT, MI – The Michigan Court of Appeals has reaffirmed a US $22.6-million personal injury verdict in a case that involved a truck driver hitting another driver.
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Registration has opened for FTR’s 13th Annual Transportation Conference to be held September 12-14 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
LETELLIER, MB – Mid Canada Transload Services has announced plans to build a new inland port and rail siding at the Canada-U.S. border, about 1.5 kilometers south of Letellier, Manitoba.
TORONTO, ON – With 2,131 healthy meals eaten and 859 workouts completed, the first week of the Healthy Fleet Challenge has concluded. Since the start of the challenge, 472 people from 68 different trucking companies have downloaded the HealthyTeam app and signed up to participate in the challenge.
MUSKEGON, MI – SAF-HOLLAND have announced the launch of its new intuitive and user friendly website www.SAFHolland.ca.
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Peel Regional Police have issued a warning after dash cam footage of a rollerblader hitching a ride the back of a transport truck has picked up some attention online.
BANFF, AB – Mexico has clearly realized the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The southernmost member of the trading block is now Canada’s third-largest trading partner, behind only the U.S. and China. “It has been good to us. It has been good to our economy,” says Rogelio F. Montemayor Morineau, president of the 5,000-member Canacar – Mexico’s national trucking association, referring to the trade deal.
It has clearly played a role in the Canadian economy, too.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Navistar has named American filtration systems and parts manufacturer, Donaldson Company, as a Diamond Supplier for the second consecutive year in a row.
LISLE, IL – Navistar is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its private label purchasing program Fleet Charge. Originally launched in 1987, the program provides customers with guaranteed pricing, consolidated billing, and a dedicated credit line and is accepted at more than 650 International and IC Bus dealer locations in the U.S. and Canada.
PHOENIX, AZ — Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation are merging in a blockbuster deal that creates the biggest truckload fleet in North America, valued at close to US $6 billion.
Swift Transportation Co. and Knight Transportation Inc. announced on April 10 that they will merge via a stock swap to form a new company, Knight-Swift Transportation, according to published reports.
The deal would combine two of the largest players in trucking in a business valued at over US $5 billion.
The two Phoenix-based carriers will be operated as distinct brands, according to a news report posted by The Wall Street Journal.
ATLANTA, GA – Crews are working to reopen I-85 in Atlanta by June 15, following a massive bridge fire that was once expected to close the route for several months. But DAT Solutions doesn’t expect the structure’s collapse to affect the trucking industry that much anyway.
NASHVILLE, TN – The technology needed to create autonomous vehicles continues to move forward, but it could still be quite awhile before self-driving become an active part of the trucking industry.