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Five truck trend takeaways from March

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

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Managing Editor of Fleet Equipment Magazine

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

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1. You say you want a trucking efficiency ‘evolution’?

The biological definition of “evolve” is as follows: “a change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.” And that’s exactly what’s happening in trucking right now—technology is evolving trucks faster than ever. You say you want a truck efficiency “evolution”? Read on, dear reader.

2. The ELD mandate draws closer—time to prepare

“While the implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) rules will usher in significant changes for our industry, there are many potential benefits. Despite the startup costs and learning curves, fleets may be poised to see significant improvements.”

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With the date for mandatory compliance growing ever closer, Editor-At-Large Carol Birkland tackles the upcoming ELD mandate and runs through the options for compliance.

3. Some of trucking’s biggest trade shows took place last month

March is the trucking industry’s biggest month for trade shows. But if you missed them, no need to worry—you can catch up on the highlights with Fleet Equipment’s On the Road webseries. The video from TMC’s trade show and annual meeting covers categories from the new engine oil categories to Right to Repair, and plenty more:

The NTEA Work Truck Show took place the same week. Take a tour of trucking’s medium-duty showcase:

Don’t forget to keep it tuned to FE‘s On the Road page, where every episode is archived.

4. Remote diagnostics and telematics continue to evolve

“Truck technology continues to evolve, progressing exponentially every day. As more and more data becomes available, fleets are getting better at reading it and using that data to reduce everything from repairs to accidents. And this is only the beginning.”

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Remote diagnostics and predictive repair and maintenance technology has begun to emerge, and the ELD mandate provides additional opportunities for new technology in trucks. Associate Editor Alex Crissey takes a look at the continuous evolution of telematics.

5. It’s becoming more important to keep an eye on your trucks’ low voltage demands

“With the massive amount of electrical demand placed on today’s trucks, the dangers of low voltage demands are a real consequence faced by today’s fleets. The entire start and charge process of the truck’s electrical system is impacted by low voltage situations. You’ll see the effect in lift gates, electric APUs, hotel devices or any component placing an electrical load on the truck’s batteries.”

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With all the technology available in today’s trucks, fleets need to be aware of the electrical loads their trucks’ batteries are enduring. Editor Jason Morgan gives you the low voltage lowdown.

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