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Commercial Fleet Industry: Past, Present, and Yet to Come

In the past, safety solutions were often viewed as an unnecessary luxury in the commercial fleet industry. “Don’t have it; don’t need it” was a common phrase and is still one that many owners and manufacturers might say today. There was no rush to install a high-end safety system when the mirrors and reverse alerts

USDOT hosts first meeting of Women of Trucking Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hosted the inaugural meeting of the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB), where members discussed the results of a new FMCSA report on driver safety. The new Advisory Board, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is composed of 16 founding members

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Bendix school bus safety spec’ing tips

The classic yellow school bus is a symbol of safety in America, and for good reason: It is well documented as the safest form of student transportation. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC offered a glimpse at technologies and training developed to make school bus transportation across North America even safer. ADAS advantage The National Association

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The unintended ADAS consequences of seemingly unrelated truck repairs

A truck rolls into a service shop and needs a radiator replaced. The technician dutifully does the job, moving components out of the way, replacing the radiator and putting everything back into place. The truck rolls out, but when the truck rolls under certain overpasses, a shuddering of the active brake assist systems runs through

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Freightliner Plus Series medium-duty truck walk around

Productivity and safety were the names of the Freightliner Plus Series M2 and SD games when the OEM unveiled the refreshed medium-duty and vocational trucks at a pre-launch truck event earlier this summer. While the talking point of truck technology finding its way into the vocational truck segment has been building over the past several

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Lane keeping assist available for order on new Kenworth Class 8 trucks

New Kenworth Class 8 T680, T880 and W990 trucks are now available for order with the optional Kenworth Lane Keeping Assist. The system was first introduced with the Kenworth T680 Next Generation in 2021. Lane Keeping Assist uses camera input to identify when the truck is departing the lane and provides a “nudge” to help keep the

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How tech-driven CalArk supports driver safety, reduces operational costs

When it comes to integrating the latest technology the trucking industry, CalArk is as tech-savvy of a transportation company as they come. Since its founding in 1975, CalArk has grown its operation to include more than 600 trucks between its two operating companies–CalArk International and Central Hauling Company. What originated as a full truckload carrier

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Preventing unintended consequences from routine service on ADAS-equipped commercial vehicles

Technology can be a wonderful thing–when it works. When it doesn’t, that same wondrous technology can lead to unintended consequences, including complete mechanical failure. Having a deeper level of understanding how the pieces work together can help us navigate more effectively around all those devices to deliver the benefits we had hoped to achieve. The

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Five truck trend takeaways from July

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not quite ready for the leaves to start falling. The first of August marks the beginning of the end. It’s soon time to turn off the A/C and crank up the heat. Before you know it, Christmas will be right around the corner! … maybe I’m getting

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Great Dane facilities receive TTMA 2021 Plant Safety Awards

Great Dane announced that its Jonesboro, AR, and Huntsville, TN, manufacturing facilities have won 2021 Plant Safety Awards from the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA). Great Dane Jonesboro is the winning trailer manufacturing plant in Category A, over 750,000-manhours; Great Dane Huntsville won in Category B, 350,000-750,000-man hours. Great Dane Jonesboro employs more than 400

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Why safety training is essential for trucking professionals

The goal of fleet safety training is to protect employees, reduce accidents, save the company money and save everyone time and headaches dealing with accidents. Most fleet safety training programs involve online courses, workshops, and hands-on training for drivers. This all is important, but it’s missing one crucial component: the fleet safety training manager. Without

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