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Five truck trend takeaways from February

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 February focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.

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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 February focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.

5. Catch up with Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2017

The expo hall of this year’s Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week was packed with exciting new equipment, expanded product lines and advanced service offerings. Fleet Equipment hit the show floor to bring you the equipment sights and exhibitor sounds. Get ready for a glimpse into the heavy-duty aftermarket future. Click here to watch this episode of FE On The Road.

4. Axles, ratios and loads are paired for fuel efficiency

“A major initiative in the trucking industry continues to be the concept of downspeeding, or maximizing available engine torque while minimizing engine RPMs and fuel requirements.”

Editor-At-Large Carol Birkland details spec’ing options for fleets that frequently downspeed.

3. Trailer telematics are evolving

“Telematics talks usually center on tractors, but there’s a wide digital world of trailer telematics offerings that offer a deep well of data and robust analytical options to keep your trailers in check.”

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Trailer telematics aren’t as popular a topic of conversation as those for the tractor, but they are evolving just as quickly. Editor Jason Morgan details the latest trends and innovations for tracking trailers.

2. Truck lifecycles are decreasing as fleets invest in newer trucks

“When looking for improved fuel economy, decreased maintenance costs or virtually any other aspect of running an efficient fleet, spec’ing a newer truck will, in nearly every case, improve each of those numbers, according to the results of a recent Fleet Advantage survey. Trucks and equipment are constantly pushing the boundaries of efficiency and, thus, offering more product value than previous generations.”

Is this a sign of a paradigm shift in truck lifecycles, or might this just be an aberration? Read to find out.

1. Truck telematics are transitioning to forward-looking business intelligence solutions

“Truck telematics are transitioning from historical data “analytics” to “business intelligence” platforms that not only gather data from what the truck has done, but also incorporate data outside of the truck into a predictive and pervasive model that will tell you what your trucks will do. It’s exciting. It’s interesting. It’s also an immensely complicated moving target right now. So let’s put our expectations in check.”

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What expectations should we have for the future of truck telematics? Editor Jason Morgan takes a look.

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