We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from April focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
5. To advance truck technology, integration is going beyond the components
“The truck technology conversation has shifted. No longer are we asking if automated trucks are possible or even speculating as to when it will happen. The primary question being asked today is: ‘What are the advanced driver systems that need to be developed and proven to make automated trucks a reality?'”
Every OEM, supplier and component manufacturer has a different answer to this question, so Editor Jason Morgan polled several people on the future of automation in his latest column.
4. The Trump administration leaves the future of alternative fuels uncertain
“The Trump administration’s clear de-emphasis of environmental issues makes it easy to speculate that alternative fuel incentives will no longer be offered. So what happens if the government stops incentivizing the use of cleaner energy?”
The new administration in Washington has led to speculation that alternative energies such as CNG and electric vehicles could becomes less of a priority over the next few years. Can this burgeoning segment of the market continue to grow without the help of federal incentives? Associate Editor Alex Crissey takes a look.
3. Fleets are getting the most out of their maintenance programs
Smart fleets leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting the most out of their maintenance programs. This month on Fleet Equipment saw several articles from Editor at Large Carol Birkland on the topic, from choosing the best diagnostic tools to the benefits of outside maintenance providers to insight from fleets on how they maximize the efficiency of their maintenance programs.
2. Advanced engine componentry is enabling efficiency improvements
“An engine is a sum of its components. It’s a symphony of systems working together to produce power as efficiently as possible. Each engine OEM has its own strategy for achieving as much efficiency as possible. From turbochargers to waterpumps, no component is overlooked.”
Editor Jason Morgan takes a deep dive into the advanced components of modern engines in this feature story.
1. FE visits MATS to look for the future of trucking
The Mid-America Trucking Show is the industry’s largest show, the site of big news announcements from every corner of the industry. Showcased throughout the hall are the latest examples of trucking technology, which has taken a giant leap over the last few years with no sign of slowing its progress.
So aside from learning the latest news, Fleet Equipment went to MATS with one particular question in mind: what will the future of trucking look like? We tried to get a bit closer to the answer on this episode of On the Road.