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Five truck trend takeaways from May

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

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5. Advances in tire-monitoring technology help mitigate premature wear

The well-known benefits of tire pressure monitoring and automatic tire inflation systems have led to their steady adoption by fleets. In general, the solutions are chosen for their ability to improve fuel efficiency, enhance safety, extend tire life and reduce the cost of downtime for tire-related events.

Senior Contributing Editor Seth Skydel has more on advanced tire-monitoring technology here.

4. Fleets are amped up for electrification

When it comes to implementing an electrification infrastructure, Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE, says that “to those that talk about this as a ginormous challenge, we would say, ‘no, it’s not that hard,’ but on the other hand, those that are underestimating it, I would suggest that it will take time and effort.”

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Read more from our interview with Mike Roeth here.

3. When it comes to investing in new trucks, listen to the data

We make a lot of decisions with our gut, but truck lifecycles are complicated, and the decision to invest in new trucks isn’t one that should be made based solely on how you feel about it. 

Valuable data that can take the emotion out of your decisions and base it on what’s actually happening out on the road.

Editor Jason Morgan has more on what you can learn from data here.

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2. Today’s aftertreatment systems are improving

According to the manufacturers, the accumulation of a decade-plus of knowledge has informed the designs of new aftertreatment systems, and they are much improved compared to their earlier counterparts.

Read more details on today’s aftertreatment systems here.

1. Self driven: Dr. Wilfried Achenbach leads DTNA’s engineers into the automated unknown

DTNA’s Dr. Wilfried Achenbach and Michael Fleming of Torc Robotics will work on Level 4 automated truck technology, which first hinges on the system’s ability to perceive—requiring it to detect objects, classify them and predict what they’re likely to do. So how are they going to do that?

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