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Continental invests a majority stake in Zonar

Continental has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in fleet management technology provider Zonar. The contract has been signed but remains subject to final approval of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice. Zonar, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., employs a staff of more than 300. With the investment in Zonar by Continental, the

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Zonar announces driver-to-dispatch, forms-based messaging app

Zonar Systems has announced ZForms, a forms-based messaging application that enables fleets to replace paper forms, share route dispatch assignments, gain efficiency and improve communication between dispatchers and drivers. ZForms is available for Zonar Ground Traffic Control and 2020 mobile communications tablet users. ZForms comes equipped with access to a library of commonly used message templates and

Zonar launches ZFuel, Ground Traffic Control performance package

Zonar Systems has announced the general availability of the Ground Traffic Control (GTC) Performance package, including its ZFuel application. GTC Performance is Zonar’s cloud-based fleet management web-application, a driver and truck analysis tool for uncovering areas for improved truck operation and performance. Fleet managers can use ZFuel to identify non-diagnostic issues with trucks as well as areas to coach, motivate

Easing ELD concerns

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. “As fleets adopt various solutions, one of the biggest areas of concern

Unpacking the requirements of the ELD Final Rule

Christmas came early for the trucking industry when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gift-wrapped the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Final Rule and placed it under the tree on Dec. 10, 2015. Fleet Equipment ripped open the regulation package and talked with truck technology experts who are on the ELD front lines. So let’s get

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Zonar recommends three steps to ELD mandate compliance

Zonar Systems has announced a roadway to compliance with the final rules of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This new mandate, drafted with the help of Zonar executives and requires the adoption and use of ELDs by all drivers to complete paper records of duty status within

Logging in: The ins and outs of the ELD mandate

The long-awaited final rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) is expected to be published by the end of October. The rule has been undergoing review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) since late July. Approval from the OMB is the last step before a final ELD rule can be published. We

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Smoot Brothers Transportation: Conquering CSA citations

Smoot Brothers Transportation (SBT) was founded in 1988—with one truck—by Mike and Matt Smoot. In 1991, Kenny Smoot, who is now the vice president, joined his brothers in the company. SBT has since grown to more than 50 trucks and can be seen on highways across the entire continental United States and Canada. The fleet

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The truck telematics revolution

It’s hard to believe that years ago, “technology” inside a cab meant it came with a CB radio. Today, those same cabs have onboard telematics systems that relay information from the drivetrain to help keep track of fuel economy, speed, driving habits—pretty much anything related to the trip. OEMs have been paying attention to this

Can you hack a truck?

By now you’ve probably heard about the Wired Magazine story in which two computer hackers remotely took control of a Jeep that was going 70 MPH down the highway—turning on the music and AC, displaying a picture of the hackers on the navigation screen and eventually killing the engine. Since then, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled

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Detroit Connect realigns product offerings, integrates with Zonar

Detroit Connect has announced that it is realigning its product offerings to reflect its integration with Zonar Systems Inc. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), owners of Detroit Connect, recently invested in Zonar, and now that investment is manifesting itself in the company’s product line. Detroit Connect will transition the branding of its Visibility Fleet Software and On-Board Tablet

Keys to keeping your brakes up to CSA standard

With the exception of tires, few components can get truck fleets and operators into as much trouble as brakes and lighting, according to Fred Fakkema, Zonar’s vice president of compliance. Zonar is maker of the 2020 Mobile Tablet, which provides an electronic vehicle inspection reporting system (EVIR). “Brakes and lighting represented 13 of the top

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