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The following is a news release from the Idaho State Police on the semi-truck rollover on I-15 in Bonneville County on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at approximately 5:00 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a commercial vehicle, rollover crash on Interstate 15 near milepost 114 in Bonneville County.
Robert Montgomery, age 55, of Magna, Utah, was driving south in a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia tractor which was towing an enclosed trailer, when he drifted off the right side of the road. Montgomery overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The tractor-trailer went off the road into the median and rolled, coming to rest on its driver’s side.
Montgomery was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. The left lane of southbound traffic was blocked for about four and a half hours while crews worked to clear the scene.
The accident happened north of exit 116 (Dad’s Truck Stop) in the southbound lanes.
Springdale, SC (WLTX) - A man is asking for the public's help to find his dog and his pickup truck after both were stolen while he went inside a convenience store.
Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett says the victim went to the Circle K on Airport Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Cornett says the man didn't lock the vehicle and left it running.
In those few moments while he was inside, someone jumped in the truck and drove off with it. The man's two-year-old labrador retriever, Sandy, was inside the vehicle as well.
The female dog has yellowish-brown eyes and was wearing a red collar with paw prints. The dog's front toe nails are painted red.
The vehicle is a while 2006 Ford F-150. Officers say the suspect also made off with three guns that were in the pickup.
Cornett said there's no helpful surveillance video from the store itself.
"Based on what we have at the scene, we don't have a lot to go on," Cornett said.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.
For the first time in decades, Goodyear has presented a product that is not round and black. At a recent launch, I was pleased to discover that a new pan-European business for Goodyear comprises of a suite of proven Vehicle-To-Fleet operations management solutions. This is a telematics-based solution that leverages Big Data and predictive analytics, and enables fleets to monitor their vehicles and tires in real time to avoid breakdowns and lower their total cost of operations (TCO).
So here is a company that for almost 120 years has made a hardware product, a tire, now looking at the Mega Trend of digitization, connectivity and the advent of the cognitive era and developing a predictive platform-based business model. Is this the future of commercial vehicle industry where all industry players from tire companies to mechanical parts manufacturers, will develop connected solutions? The answer is yes, it is.
In order to achieve enhanced utilization and Return on Investment (RoI), fleet managers across all regions have started to shift focus from simple vehicle monitoring to a more advanced and all-inclusive fleet management service bringing drivers, vehicles, and the whole logistical network into a single equation in real time. The key is to convert real-time data to usable information, as this will help control TCO, and add value to B2B fleet operators. Service packages covering tire, routing or fuel management, driver behavior, and integration options, offer opportunities to extract more value by improving uptime and reducing cost.
More than a feature-level trend, driver behavior management has become an important area for fleet owners to optimize operating costs by warding off accident-related expenses. In addition, drivers may also get certified based on their style of driving, thus impacting their scores positively or negatively, helping them obtain a best fit in the fraternity. Video-based safety solution is another exciting offering with high prospects of integration for mainstream fleet management services (FMS) due to the large demand and high use cases among large fleet operators. Currently, forward and driver monitoring are the key solutions attributing to driver safety and behaviour management; 360 degree monitoring solution is expected to gain prominence by 2018.
The other visible trend in this market is the advent of the open telematics platform. This will allow fleet companies to download (value-added) add-on applications on a need basis. In the future, any third party app developer can partner with a telematics vendor to develop apps that can work on their telematics platform. This is a win-win situation for all stakeholders involved. A third party vendor is able to integrate smaller, specific services at little to no hardware cost. This in turn, allows users to directly purchase the apps from a telematics platform similar to an app store. Vendors with multiple mobile- based solutions for services beyond FMS can be vertically integrated into the trucking environment, leveraging data inputs from the vehicle. Driver training app, dispatching appointment apps, spending calculator and many other apps can be easily downloaded and used. Additionally, the primary FMS provider can host applications from specific component manufacturers, enhancing their capability to address mixed fleets requirements, making the combination a considerable value proposition to the end users. In the future, this level of integration in the platform will be the iTunes store of the telematics industry. There is a strong push from all major telematics vendors such as TomTom Telematics and Geotab; even OEMs such as Daimler’s Fleetboard, MAN’s RIO and Navistar’s OnCommand are converging to this effect – and now even companies like Goodyear – a tire manufacturer.
Very soon, connected truck telematics service providers will be one-stop solution providers. They will connect all those involved in transporting the goods – drivers, carriers, shippers, fleet operators, dealers, service stations, insurance companies and other authorities. They will receive and process data from everyone involved in the logistics network in real time– from the condition of the truck, goods carried, traffic, weather conditions, parking availability, to rest areas and much more. When trucks are connected with the Internet, they potentially become a payment solution/gateway, allowing users to easily pay for fuel, tolls, parking, infotainment, and other services from the truck in real-time. Users in the future will soon be able to download any standalone service app as and when required, rather than changing or signing to a new package. Purchasing experiences will also significantly improve.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration placed an Idaho-based truck driver out of service for multiple violations.
An Oconomowoc trucking company is under investigation after workers told the government their boss forced them to kick back part of their paychecks.
WISN 12 News reporter Colleen Henry obtained documents that show those workers were being paid with taxpayer dollars.
Court records said the shakedowns occurred at a parking lot at 48th Street and Burnham in Milwaukee.
WISN 12 News obtained a subpoena that says employees of the Vizcaino's Trucking LLC. were forced to pay kickbacks to the boss to keep jobs on state and federally funded road projects. Investigators believe the arrangement went on for nearly three years, until employees complained to the state.
According to the subpoena, the trucking company is operated out of an Oconomowoc house. The company's president was not at home, nor at the parking lot the company used. WISN 12 News finally reached Nelvin Vizcaino on his cellphone.
"What can you tell me about this search warrant that I've got that says you're shaking down your employees for kickbacks?" Henry asked.
"What company are you with?" Vizcaino asked.
When Henry said Channel 12, Vizcaino hung up.
The warrant details the kickback scheme. Lower-wage employees had to kick back $10 an hour, midrange workers $11.50 an hour and higher-wage employees $14 an hour.
The DOT has now barred Vizcaino's Trucking from doing state business, and the company has repaid those 20 employees.
No criminal charges have been filed, but the state and the FBI are now analyzing the trucking company's bank records for evidence of theft by fraud.
Neither the Department of Transportation nor investigators would comment on an ongoing investigation.
PAIGE, Texas (KXAN) — A crash between a semi and a box truck killed one man on US Highway 290 in Paige, Texas, east of FM 2104.
All lanes of US 290 are back open after the road was shutdown for six hours while crews worked to clear the massive amount of debris left behind. The Department of Public Safety was notified about the crash around 5:19 a.m. The two trucks were in a head-on collision between Giddings and Paige, according to DPS.
One of the trucks was a Ryder freight-liner carrying seafood. The other was a Peterbilt Towing truck carrying lime. The driver of the Ryder truck, identified as Pascual Rueda-Orozco, 42, was traveling westbound on 290 and crossed over into the eastbound lanes.
Rueda-Orozco died at the scene. The 63-year-old Peterbilt driver was taken to the hospital by STARFlight.
“We had a Ryder truck that was going westbound and for some unknown reason, the driver of that truck went into the eastbound lane of traffic, striking a tanker head-on,” said Sgt. Robbie Barrera, with DPS Texas Highway Patrol.
While law enforcement is still investigating the cause of the crash, DPS says the crash is an important reminder that drivers should stay alert behind the wheel, no matter the circumstances.
Sgt. Barrera told KXAN that DPS doesn’t want to have to work crashes like this one, saying drivers can prevent certain dangerous interactions on area roadways.
“When you’re driving out here, make sure you limit your distraction, especially early in the morning. I believe this crash happened at 5 a.m. It’s still a little dark outside,” said Sgt. Barrera. “Don’t be on your cell phone, make sure you’re paying attention to your driving, [and] don’t be eating or reaching for anything.”
In March, TxDOT said they would spend $2 million to make several safety improvements on US 290 in Bastrop County. The money would go towards funding seven projects aimed at increasing visibility and warning advisories for drivers.
A man jumped off a highway sign on a Queens expressway and into oncoming traffic on Wednesday — but was saved by a trucker and another driver, officials and witnesses said.
The man climbed over a broken fence and hopped onto the 48th Street sign hanging over the Long Island Expressway near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, before jumping onto the roadway around 11 a.m.
Drivers of a tractor trailer and another vehicle passing by immediately rushed to the man’s aid.
Paramedics then arrived and transported the man to Elmhurst Hospital with multiple trauma, according to a fire department spokesman.
His injuries are non-life-threatening, according to police.
As Gov. John Kasich announced a $15 million investment in advanced self-driving highway technology on Wednesday, he urged Ohioans to push back against old ideas about the state.
"Who would ever want to be called the Rust Belt?" he said. "The Rust Belt's some deteriorating, eroding, old, tired and worn out place. You ever hear that term, do me a favor: Correct 'em."
Kasich made his remarks in conjunction with the formal launch of a new high tech effort — a self-driving truck experiment along a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 in central Ohio. The vehicle by truck maker Otto will operate along Route 33 between Dublin and East Liberty, a stretch the state has dubbed a "smart mobility corridor." A driver will be along as backup.
Officials say that four-lane section of Route 33 northwest of Columbus will become a corridor where technologies can be safely tested in real-life traffic, aided by a fiber-optic cable network and sensor systems slated for installation next year. Leading automotive research centers and local governments in the region are partners in the effort.
The self-driving truck is slated to travel on the Ohio Turnpike beginning Thursday.
As further defense against the Rust Belt label, Kasich noted Amazon's investment in cloud-computing centers in the state; recruitment of advanced engineering and technology companies by his privatized job-creation office, JobsOhio; and upgrades at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty that serves as North America's largest multi-user testing ground for new vehicles and technologies.
There have been 48 recalls of Cascadia commercial trucks in recent years, with the latest issued mid-month due to a problem with tires on about 863 trucks, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2017 Freightliner Cascadia, Business Class M2, and 122SD trucks manufactured between Jan. 24, 2016, and Oct. 10, 2016, and equipped with Goodyear G399A LHS 295/75R22.5 Load Range G tires.
The tires on the affected vehicles may have cured improperly, possibly resulting in a partial tread separation, increasing the risk of a crash.
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 6, 2017. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at (800) 547-0712. DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-728.
Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov.
Self-driving trucking company Otto gambled big in Nevada last spring. According to Auto News, the payoff on that bet has been huge, but it's put Otto in hot water with regulators.
Back in October, Otto carried out a 120-mile beer delivery in Colorado. Ordinarily, that would've been no big deal, but in this case, Otto used a self-driving big rig, and as you can see in the footage, there was no human in the driver's seat for much of the journey from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.
In prepping for that journey, Otto made a test run in Nevada, which is shown in the clip above. (The run was made in May, before Uber bought the company.) While the drive was a success, it put Otto at odds with Nevada regulators because the company wasn't licensed to conduct autonomous vehicle tests on public roads--and even if it had been, it would've still needed two people up front, ready to take control of the vehicle in case something went wrong.
The weird thing is, Nevada knew about the May drive two weeks before it happened. Even though the state received no paperwork from the company, it did nothing to stop the test.
Even weirder? Now that the test has been carried out, there's nothing that Nevada can do. Although the state agreed to license self-driving vehicles in 2011 and issued the first such license in 2012, it never established penalties for automakers who don't comply with the law.
In other words, for the time being, it appears that self-driving car manufacturers can conduct all the tests they want in Nevada without risking any penalties.
That will soon change, though. The state's DMV plans to submit new regulations next year--regulations that include fines for violators.
Otto took a massive bet in carrying out its driverless big-rig test in Nevada, but the bet paid off. The stunt drew worldwide attention and led to Uber's acquisition of Otto, which was estimated to be worth $680 million.
If you have the time, Backchannel has a great story about Otto's bravado (or hubris, depending on how you look at it). Fascinating stuff.
LISLE, Ill. – Navistar introduced a new line of Fleetrite collision replacement products for a wide variety of heavy-duty truck applications today.
“For over 40 years, our Fleetrite brand has provided quality parts for all truck and bus makes and continues to be a key segment of our ‘Uptime’ promise to our customers,” said Michael Cancelliere, senior vice-president, Global Parts and Customer Service. “Whatever the cause and extent of damage or the need for replacement, our customers can count on Fleetrite to supply the necessary pieces for body repair at competitive prices.”
The more than 70 Fleetrite collision replacement parts are available for a wide variety of truck models and offer a competitive all-makes selection, Navistar claims.
To find Fleetrite parts and to locate a dealer, visit www.fleetrite.com.
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