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Michelin redesigns X One Line Energy T2 trailer tire

Michelin North America, Inc. is launching the redesigned Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tire for the line-haul market. “The trailer-wheel position is a challenging position for long-haul tire design. The free-rolling wheel position is subject to variable loads, less maintenance and irregular wear,” said Adam Murphy, vice president of...

How summer heat drains your truck batteries (and what you can do about it)

Ask any heavy-duty truck battery or electrical system expert about the summer heat’s adverse impact on battery performance and they’ll likely share the age-old adage: “Summer heat and sun are what kills a battery; it just doesn’t know it’s dead until it gets cold.” (Seriously, I asked five experts and...

What the Super Ball can teach us about truck tires

Remember the Super Ball? Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in the ’60s, these toys are known for their extreme bounciness, taking the classic rubber bouncy ball to much higher heights (literally). But there’s no secret spring inside. It’s made of just rubber like its classic cousin. So, what makes it...

AM Equipment finds new uses for wiper motors

Wiper reliability is no accident, says AM Equipment. They’ve been around as long as the automobile industry first started installing windshields more than a hundred years ago. There have been many refinements since to make them more efficient: better blade material, larger coverage, even automatic sensing to engage automatically and...

Technology

Navistar, Geotab announce strategic truck telematics partnership

Navistar International Corp. has announced a strategic partnership with Geotab, allowing International customers to add certain Geotab fleet management solutions through Navistar’s factory-installed telematics device. According to Navistar, partnerships such as this with telematics service providers (TSPs) will streamline fleet management solutions for customers, regardless of provider. “Partnerships with TSPs...

Samsara, Nationwide partner to offer video telematics to commercial trucking fleets

Nationwide has partnered with Samsara to offer a new video telematics solution to excess and surplus (E&S) customers with 11 or more commercial trucks. The new partnership will allow eligible Nationwide E&S insureds to leverage Samsara’s artificial intelligence-based video telematics solutions and fleet management software in their operations at a...

A fleet view of the latest truck technology

To truly take advantage of the latest truck technology, you have to do more than spec it. You have to do more than analyze it. The real key to making technology work for your trucking operation is something far more difficult: communication. You have to talk about the technology, understand...

Azuga publishes Q2 2020 fleet driver performance scorecard

Azuga, a provider of connected vehicle and fleet technologies, has published a ranking of the top fleets, by industry and driver, in Q2 2020. Azuga’s Fleet Driver Performance Scorecard is based on data captured by Azuga’s system, which combines hardware and software to help fleets improve customer service and lower...

Podcasts

Podcast: Aperia’s Josh Carter on tire telematics and the value of proper tire pressure

On the newest episode of the Fleet Future podcast, we’re talking tires–tire telematics, specifically. Aperia’s Josh Carter stops by to talk about what fleets can get if they invest in tire tracking and telematics, and the importance of proper tire pressure. Listen below, and catch up with past episodes of...

Podcast: What new hours of service regulations mean for your trucks’ lifecycles

After FMCSA’s recent revision to the rules, you may be wondering how the soon-to-be-implemented hours of service regulations will impact your trucks. If you’re a regional haul fleet, you’ll have more opportunities to run them, so what does this mean for the trucks’ lifecycles? To answer this, FE spoke with...

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