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The radar-based collision mitigation system incorporates adaptive cruise control with braking as well as autonomous emergency braking. Warnings and active interventions include following distance, impact and stationary object alerts, independent of cruise control. When cruise control is used, the system will actually reduce the throttle, engage the engine retarder, or apply foundation brakes.
Audible and visual alerts are available above 16 kilometers per hour, and offer up to three seconds of warning before a potential impact.
Wingman Advanced has been an option on Peterbilt trucks since 2012.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says westbound lanes are blocked after a crash on Highway 152 and San Juan Road, just west of Highway 33 and east of Los Banos.
Nine Mexican states have been placed on high alert after a company's pickup truck carrying industrial X-ray equipment that uses radioactive material was reported stolen in a northwestern town.
The Interior Department said in a statement the truck was stolen Sunday in Tlaquepaque, a town in Jalisco state.
"This was industrial equipment that included Iridium-192... which can be dangerous for people if it is taken out of its container," the statement said.
This is at least the seventh case of radioactive material being stolen across Mexico since 2013, according to AFP. In all instances the materials were recovered safely.
The alert and search for the stolen material covers the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacan San Luis Potosi, Durango and Zacatecas, according to a post on the director of national emergency services, Luis Felipe Puente, Twitter account.
He encouraged people with information about the stolen material to report it but "don't open it."
A Florida truck driver was shot and killed Friday, April 21, while he was driving eastbound on I-88 in Illinois.
According to a report from ABC-7, another vehicle traveling eastbound on the interstate fired a gun into the Volvo driven by Eduardo Munoz, 43, of Sunrise, Fla. Munoz was able to pull the truck over to the shoulder of the Interstate after he was struck.
The report says Munoz was transported to a local hospital, where he died from the gunshot. The trailer Munoz was hauling belonged to DML Logistics, a trucking company based in Vernon Hills, Ill.
ABC-7 also reports the shooting is still under investigation, and no one is in custody.
Tim Philmon is a 35-year trucking veteran from Middleburg, Fla who saw business decline last year. 2016. (Photo: Tim Philmon)
Although independent truckers drove more miles in 2016 than in the prior year, they made less money.
That’s the finding of a survey of 20,000 drivers by American Truck Business Services, an industry accounting and consulting firm.
The earnings for drivers who own their own big rigs, or owner-operators, dropped 4.6 percent to $60,577 in 2016 from $63,375 in the prior year.
The income for leased owner-operators – drivers who own their own trucks, but drive loads under a motor carrier’s operating authority, or permission to transport goods for profit granted by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration – averaged $59,699, down 2.5 percent from $61,167 in 2015.
Driver earnings fell because of a soft freight business environment in 2016, Amen said.
Despite a rocky economy, owner-operators “got tough and drove harder,” said Todd Amen, chief executive of Lakewood, Colo.-based American Truck Business Services, or ATBS.
Owner-operators drove an average of 1,078 more miles in 2016 for a total of 110,740 miles. Dry van truckers drove an average of 116,231 miles, up 1.2 percent from the previous year; reefer drivers drove 125,521 miles, up 1.2 percent; and flatbedders drove 90,670 miles last year, up 1.4 percent, Amen said.
Mileage pay is a legacy system put in place when it was difficult to observe drivers, according to Steve Viscelli, a University of Pennsylvania sociologist and author of the book The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. “Now these companies, or the majority of them, can be monitored directly by satellite technology so they know where their driver is, they know if they are rolling or not.”
Survey respondents had split opinions on how 2017 will turn out.
Half think things are “great,” while the other half think “we are headed for the worst recession ever,” Amen said.
Tim Philmon, a 35-year trucking veteran from Middleburg, Fla., said last year was definitely a down year for his business.
Philmon failed to sign long-term contracts and was forced to chase loads on the spot market. But with countless other truckers vying for the same loads, the spot market dried up, Philmon said.
At times, Philmon had to drive deadhead, or without a load, 400 miles to a destination just to get a haul, Philmon told Trucks.com.
“My only saving grace was that fuel prices dropped in 2016,” he said.
A flatbedder for most of his trucking career, Philmon, who has his own authority, invested in new equipment and headed to the oil fields in West Texas to become a company driver in late 2016, hoping for better rates and higher pay.
Truckers with their own authority incur all the business expenses. In a down market, being a leased operator shifts some of the financial burden onto the motor carrier.
Rates weren’t as lucrative as Philmon had anticipated, and the maintenance and expenses for the wear and tear on his truck were too high, so he went back to Florida after a few months to work as a leased operator until economic conditions improved.
A good way for drivers to increase their earnings, is to go to work for a private carrier, a less than truckload carrier or a specialized carrier that will compensate based on having a clean driving record and stable work history, Viscelli said.
There is also a correlation between increased driver pay and safety, he said. “if you pay [drivers] more they are going to be more responsible drivers.”
Some drivers did do better.
Henry Albert of Statesville, N.C., said his income remained steady throughout 2016. He credits sticking to his long-range contracts and not jumping on the spot market when freight rates peaked.
“Even though spot rates were extremely hot at times, I kept my dedicated customers happy,” Albert told Trucks.com. “In the long term, that strategy paid off because the spot market, which can be good to you at times, can turn on you.”
Looking ahead, Amen is watching for the implementation at year-end of the government mandate forcing drives to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to track their driving. That could drive some owner-operators from the industry.
The loss of these drivers – who would rather leave than put a logging device of their truck – could amount to 8 to 12 percent fewer miles on the road. Fewer trucks could force rates up 10 percent by mid- to late 2018, Amen said.
He predicted driver earnings would remain flat for most of the year and increase slightly by the end of 2017, he said.
But the future looks bright, according to Amen.
2018 to 2020 is going to be the “longest and best run for owner-operators,” he said.
Some drivers say the market has already turned up.
While 2016 was “dismal” said Linda Caffee, a driver from Silex, Mo., “2017 is really starting out fantastic.”
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis firefighters made a very cute discovery on Tuesday after hearing a very unusual noise coming from one of their trucks.
Crews on duty at the far south side location found three newborn kittens, two boys and one girl, on the back of Engine 35. They believe the kittens’ mother gave birth to them on the truck.
Crews placed the newborns with their eyes still closed in a box with warm blankets before taking them to Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care next to Noah’s Animal Hospital. All are doing well!
IFD posted video of the adorable rescue on their Twitter page.
CHICAGO, IL – The online registration has officially opened for the 2017 North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show).
The inaugural commercial vehicle industry trade show will run from Monday, September 25 (by exhibitor invitation only) to Thursday, September 28 and will feature truck and trailer brands and suppliers from around the globe, who will showcase their latest equipment, parts and components at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
More than 95% of the show’s exhibition space has already been booked.
“To receive complimentary admission to the NACV Show, we encourage all fleet managers to contact their key vendors for a customer code that they can utilize when registering online,” said Larry Turner, president and Chief Executive Officer of Hannover Fairs USA and co-organizer of the NACV Show. “Our floorplan is very comprehensive and easy to navigate for attendees who want to pinpoint exhibitor booths and product categories before visiting the show.”
In attendance will be truck brands like Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar, Volvo and Mack, as well as trailer manufacturers like Great Dane, SAF Holland, Stoughton Trailer, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company and Western Trailers.
Joining the equipment manufacturers, commercial vehicle suppliers like Tenneco, Bosch Auto Parts, Cummins, Dana, Dane Holding, Meritor and Hendrickson will also be at the event exhibiting new parts and components.
NACV Show key association partners including the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) and Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGV America) will also join the show floor at the event.
“This is the place to be in September to experience everything new the commercial vehicle industry’s leading brands have to offer,” said Joe Glionna, president of Newcom and co-organizer of the event.
“We expect fleet management leaders and influencers from around the world will convene at our inaugural trade show to conduct one-on-one meetings with their favorite equipment providers, to connect with new suppliers and to invest in the latest trucks, trailers and commercial vehicle parts and components.”
Picture yourself driving on a freeway, highway, city street, or any kind of roadway. You’re watching the traffic ahead, sure. You also scan right and left, checking the side-view mirrors as your mind follows your eyes. No matter what kind of vehicle you’re driving, that’s the drill. See anything that you should react to?
The driver of this double-bottom rig, northbound on Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County, California, apparently saw nothing in the mirror just a couple feet from his face. He didn’t see a car that had gotten entangled on the second trailer's rear end and was being dragged along the pavement. The car’s rear tires were flat and were being ground down by friction from the unforgiving concrete.
The motorist, who had gotten himself into quite a pickle, was waving frantically.
Another motorist came upon the scene and, incredulous, began shooting video with his cell phone (Inside Edition, a news-entertainment TV show, played it one day last week). He said the truck continued on for four miles!
Later, we'll see that the front of the car seems to have been pulled under the trailer’s corner by the spinning left-rear tires, which had become an impromptu tow hook.
Wouldn’t the truck driver feel the extra drag from behind, and hear the engine working harder to maintain speed? Sure, he was on an upgrade, heading for Cajon Pass, but still.
We can also see that the rig is composed of a couple of outside-frame flatbeds with sides, and is probably hauling freshly picked tomatoes or some other produce under its tarps, a familiar sight in California. The rig is clean and seems to be well-maintained, so you’d think its driver is also sharp. Yet he doesn’t stop.
Asked about the car jammed into his rear trailer, the trucker lamely explains, "I didn't know it."
This has been going on a while, and the car is not hidden behind the trailer, but is hanging off its left corner, in plain sight. The truck driver doesn’t see it? Good lord!
The camera guy pulls ahead and finally gets the trucker to pull over. He is surprised when told that he’s been dragging a car and lamely explains, “I didn’t know it.” Duh!
Might some remedial training by the driver's boss be in order here? Might “Mike,” the name on the door and presumably that of the driver, be encouraged to engage his brain when he's engaged top gear? We can hope so.
A New York court has stamped approval on a $44.4 million settlement reached last year between the state and out-of-state truckers. The April 19 decision closes a class action lawsuit in which the state’s highway taxes on out-of-state truckers were deemed unconstitutional. A New York court found the amount of the settlement to be a fair amount.
In September, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association-led effort reached a $44.4 million refund agreement with the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance. The class action lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of taxes that impose $15 for a certificate of registration and a $4 decal charge on all trucks using New York state highways.
The state’s Supreme Court ruled in January 2016 that the registration and decal taxes in the state were unconstitutional and discriminatory against out-of-state truckers who drive mostly in other states.
The court said out-of-state truckers were paying a higher per-mile tax rate than in-state truckers, which is a violation of the federal Commerce Clause prohibiting states from imposing burdens on interstate commerce.
“If there are other states that think tacking on flat fees to their state truck taxes won’t be noticed as an economic burden to interstate commerce, they need to understand this is not a good idea,” said OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston.
According to the court’s ruling, the distribution of the settlement money to class action members will begin within 120 days.
Morgan Stanley on Thursday hailed plans by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) to unveil a prototype of a self-driving semi-truck this September as a part of a plan to branch into the commercial transport industry.
The firm said entering the market for Class 8 trucks — typically 18-wheelers — “make[s] a lot of sense — maybe even more sense than passengers cars.”
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“The total addressable market is also quite large — if Tesla were to garner 10 percent of the new truck market in the US, we estimate it would be worth $2.5 billion in annual revenue or as many as 70,000 base Model 3s.”
Trucking would also allow Tesla to enter the product services markets, perhaps even leasing the batteries.
“Carriers would benefit by cutting their current fuel spend in half (from $0.50/mile today) in addition to significantly lower purchase costs and not taking residual risk for the battery.”
Morgan Stanley also said Tesla already has most of the technology it needs.
“We estimate that much (but not all) of the battery and autonomous driving technology needed for the truck could be shared with the passenger car division. The low production run rate (only 25,000 units per year at 10 percent share) should allow this to fit into existing facilities without too much incremental investment.”
The firm estimated Tesla could build a new network of 1,500 battery-swapping stations costing only about $750 million.
“We believe the Tesla truck opportunity is real and is a natural market adjacency to the personal transport model, but we don't see it being worth more than 10 percent of market cap.”
A truck used to haul cars overturned on Interstate 70 near Highland, Illinois Wednesday morning. (KMOV)
HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A truck used to haul cars overturned on Interstate 70 near Highland, Illinois Wednesday morning.
The accident happened after 9:00 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate. One lane of traffic was closed.
The truck was carrying eight cars, some of which were thrown from the truck and damaged extensively.
The driver of the truck told police another car cut him off on the interstate, resulting in the accident. No serious injuries were reported.
Trucking organizations are pleased Congress is considering a measure to let truckers with Transportation Worker’s Identification Credentials receive hazardous materials endorsements without additional background checks.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, American Trucking Associations and National Tank Truck Carriers applauded the Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Act, reintroduced March 30. Committee chairman Sen. John Thune bill sponsored S. 763, which is largely similar to legislation the South Dakota Republican sponsored last September.
Since 2002, the Transportation Security Administration has required TWIC for truckers and other workers seeking unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels. Truckers say undergoing separate but similar security threat assessment for the credential and HME results in duplicate fees, without enhancing security.
The legislation would require greater risk assessment for surface transportation, which usually accounting for only 3 percent of TSA’s budget. Industry groups noted that the bill also mandates formation of the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee to enhance communication with the agency and participation in policy and pending regulations.
Thune’s proposal also targets improving passenger rail security and increasing use of canine teams in surface transportation.
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