October's five truck trend takeaways

October’s five truck trend takeaways

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

5. Fleets are seeing the benefits of traction control technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require full-stability technology on most new Class 7 and Class 8 tractors—“typical” 6×4 tractors—starting in August of 2017. Editor-at-Large Carol Birkland goes over the benefits that fleets see with traction control technology.

4. Global innovations & megatrends: A look at fully electric and connected vans

At the recent IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, the focus was on future megatrends, which included fully electric vehicles, digitalization for e-mobility and connectivity. Carol Birkland got a look at a concept city deliver van— the nearly completely integrated Vision Van—which optimizes many levels of connectivity, and the all-electric and networked Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck and the electric Fuso eCanter.

3. The realities, possibilities and dangers of trucking’s datafication

The best way to understand truck telematics is to experience it for yourself. So, Editor Jason Morgan gives you a choice: You can take the blue pill and turn a blind eye to the importance of truck telematics; or you can take the red pill and find out how deep the data rabbit hole goes.…

2. Fuel efficiency increases continue for progressive fleets

A recent study from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room followed 17 fleets and found that they saved $500 million in fuel compared to the national average in 2015, thanks to their adoption of various fuel efficiency technologies. Here’s a deep dive into the types of technologies these fleets have embraced, and the improvements they’ve seen.

1. New trucks are released

What bigger news can there be in the world of trucking than the release of new trucks? One was the International LT series, the company’s new flagship series of on-highway trucks. FE’s coverage includes this writeup of the news and a photo gallery of the new trucks.

Freightliner made big news with the launch of the new Cascadia, and the latest episode of FE’s On the Road video series looks under the hood, crawls through the cab and takes the New Cascadia for a drive. Watch here, and keep an eye on FEOntheRoad.com for all the latest videos in the On the Road series.

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Daimler Truck unveils electric autonomous Freightliner eCascadia technology demonstrator

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