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Volvo Trucks is now presenting a new transport solution consisting of autonomous electric commercial vehicles that can contribute to more efficient, safer and cleaner transportation. The long-term goal is to offer companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs a complement to today’s offerings

Growing world population and increasing urbanization are leading to significant challenges to solve environmental issues such as congestion, pollution and noise. Rising consumption, the fast growth of e-commerce and the wide-spread shortage of drivers put higher demands on efficient transport solutions.

“The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen. Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade. If we are to meet this demand in a sustainable and efficient way, we must find new solutions. In order to secure a smoothly functioning goods flow system we also need to exploit existing infrastructure better than currently. The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies and transport buyers,” says Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks’ future transport solution is intended to be used for regular and repetitive tasks characterized by relatively short distances, large volumes of goods and high delivery precision. Transports between logistic hubs are typical examples, but additional use cases can also be applicable.

“Our system can be seen as an extension of the advanced logistics solutions that many industries already apply today. Since we use autonomous vehicles with no exhaust emissions and low noise, their operation can take place at any time of day or night. The solution utilizes existing road infrastructure and load carriers, making it easier to recoup costs and allowing for integration with existing operations,” explains Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions.

The operation is handled by autonomous electric vehicles linked to a cloud service and a transport control center. The vehicles are equipped with sophisticated systems for autonomous driving. They are designed to locate their current position to within centimeters, monitor in detail and analyse what is happening with other road users, and then respond with high accuracy.

The transport control center continuously monitors the progress of the transport and keeps an accurate watch of each vehicle’s position, the batteries’ charge, load content, service requirements and a number of other parameters. As with an industrial production process, speed and progress are tailored to avoid unnecessary waiting and to increase delivery precision. In this way it will be possible to minimize waste in the form of buffer stocks, and increase availability. Vehicles that operate on the same route cooperate to create optimal flow.

In the near future, Volvo Trucks’ transport solution will be further developed together with selected customers in prioritized applications.

Facts

  • Volvo Trucks is developing a new type of transport solution for repetitive transports involving high precision between fixed hubs, as a complement to today’s solutions.
  • The transport solution consists of autonomous, connected, electric vehicles and a transport control centre.
  • The vehicles are used as tractor units and are compatible with existing load carriers/trailers.
  • The propulsion is entirely electric with zero exhaust emissions and low noise levels. The driveline and battery pack are of the same type that are used in Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks.

CHARLOTTE (Sept. 13, 2018) — Because of Hurricane Florence, Freightliner Trucks has postponed an event originally scheduled for Monday, September 17, where Charlotte was slated to be honored as one of North America’s Hardest Working Cities. The event will be rescheduled for a later date.

“Our thoughts are with the people of the Carolinas, especially the first responders, government and utility workers, and volunteers who are putting in long hours to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Mike McHorse, director of channel marketing, Daimler Trucks North America. “The strength and resiliency of Carolinians are an important part of what makes Freightliner Trucks proud to be a member of this community.”

Charlotte earned the honor after an economic data review showed it was one of the top cities in North America for investments in infrastructure, building projects, and job creation. Since the launch of the Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working Cities program in 2015, 11 cities across North America have been awarded the title: Dallas, Des Moines, Detroit, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma, and Toronto.

There’s no longer a need to take any of your trucks offline for maintenance. There’s no longer any reason to delay preventative maintenance—With the convenience of our mobile DPF cleaning service, we’re on the road to help you stay on the road.
The AECS goal is a fast turnaround, rolling out to meet you at your garage, on the road, at ports, or wherever your trucks and buses are parked. We’ll travel to your location. Just give us a few hours, and we’ll blast the particulates out of your DPFs to prevent costly downtime. One phone call to us at 559-472-7301 puts you on the schedule.

Our mobile unit features The Donaldson Gen2 Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine DPF Pulse Cleaner. This enclosed system uses high-volume, low-pressure air pulses to quickly and safely dislodge unburned soot and ash from your DPF. It accommodates most sizes of commercially available diesel particulate filters. We remove your filter for cleaning and install it again, on site.

How often do you need to schedule cleaning? To prevent hardening of ash, contact us every 150,000 miles for service (for DPF retrofits, CARB and DPF suppliers require cleaning approximately 1,000 hours of operation). Our mobile unit is the key to avoiding expensive gunky filter problems that ruin your bottom line.

OUR EXCLUSIVE MOBILE CLEANING SERVICE PUTS A STOP TO:

  • Downtime and poor engine performance
  • Loss of horsepower and reduced fuel economy
  • Need for DPF replacement (at the cost of some $8,000)
  • Voided DPF warranties and hefty fines for not complying with EPA and CARB regulations

Trust our experienced mobile team to inspect your fleet’s diesel particulate filters to ensure they are free of minor defects. If necessary, we’ll perform a quick check to troubleshoot any issues—AECS carries a complete line of replacement and retrofit parts to keep your fleet in service.

Give us a call at 559-472-7301 for speedy filter cleaning turnaround wherever you’re parked. We’ll get you on the schedule and keep you on the road. And when you call, Bob Gaffney, our emissions consultant, and Stephen Davis, our DPF sizing and installation expert, are happy to offer in-depth DPF guidance.

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched an online data collection initiative to solicit commercial driver perspectives on how they are affected by customer detention.  The driver feedback will be utilized to better understand how excessive delays at shipper/receiver facilities impacts driver productivity, safety, and hours-of-service compliance.

This data collection initiative is part of an ongoing study by ATRI on the impacts of detention on overall industry productivity and safety.  Data collected in this latest driver survey will be compared to driver surveys collected in 2014 to evaluate how detention impacts may have changed since the ELD mandate went into effect earlier this year.

ATRI launched this latest data collection at the 2018 Great American Trucking Show (GATS), collecting several hundred driver surveys.  The online version of the same survey conducted at GATS will allow larger numbers of professional drivers to weigh in with their experiences with customer detention.

The survey is available online here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 rescued fifty-five (55) illegal aliens from a tractor-trailer.

On September 5, agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo, Texas encountered a tractor-trailer at the primary inspection lane.  During the immigration inspection, a service canine alerted to the odor of narcotics and/or concealed humans.  At secondary, agents broke the seal to the trailer and discovered 55 individuals concealed amid the commodity being transported.

The conditions inside the trailer were potentially lethal with an internal temperature of nearly 100 degrees and limited airflow.  The 55 subjects were found sweating profusely and were immediately evaluated by an Emergency Medical Technician.  All were found to be in stable health conditions and identified as being illegally present in the United States.  The individuals

 

were from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  The male driver, a United States citizen, was arrested and the tractor-trailer was seized.

“The United States Border Patrol not only protects the nation’s borders but also ensures those who cross into the United States illegally are treated humanely.  We will continue in the disruption and deterrence of any careless tactics utilized by smugglers,” said Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.

To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll-free at 1-800-343-1994.

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With customer demands on the rise, increasing freight rates and capacity issues that don’t seem to be going away, shippers need to get better at optimizing their shipments, managing their carrier relationships, and being prepared for disruptions – whether it be due to seasonality changes, weather or something else entirely. To meet this new world of demands, transparency, reliability, and efficiency matters even more.

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Opus9 is a digital 3PL for US Shippers, based in California. We are writing the next chapter of the digital shipping economy, and like an orchestra, are bringing order to the chaos. We bring to the market a way for shippers to get instant quotes for their shipping needs, book their freight easily, and track their shipments in real-time, enabling them to move away from tedious and repetitive tasks and focus on value generating activities for their company that genuinely need their insight and skill set.

Our digital brokerage platform focuses on optimizing domestic shipping. We offer truckload (dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trucking) and less-than-truckload shipping services and connect customers and carriers more efficiently. Via our platform, shipping effort is significantly reduced. These efficiencies enable customers to meet the growing expectations of their customers. We also offer a carrier-centric approach to shipping, where a closely-knit network of trusted carriers are given the tools to create better working conditions.

The ultimate goal is to streamline the shipping experience end-to-end, by providing an intuitive platform, which is easy and straightforward to use – ultimately redefining how shipping is done.

The California Legislature has voted to send a bill intended to increase safety on the state’s roadways by implementing new national commercial driver regulations. Additional truck drivers security requirements would be added.The Assembly voted unanimously to approve changes made from the Senate to execute a federal rule requiring people seeking a business driver’s license to perform a professional course of instruction from program or the institution. Specifically, the Department of cars would be required to consider regulations to comply with the rule. The bill, SB1236, could also establish minimum-behind-the-wheel training requirements to be performed as part of CDL training.Senate lawmakers approved the bill . Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, may be the bill sponsor. He said the state should do something to ensure commercial truck and bus drivers are being held to the maximum safety standards.”every single afternoon, Californians share the street with large commercial vehicles that haul commercial goods, toxic materials, and passengers,” Monning said in prepared remarks. “Commercial drivers that insufficient training placed everyone on the street at risk.”The bill host has emphasized data from the California Highway Patrol which shows 10,062 vehicle collisions reported in a current time frame, where 2,432 resulted in injury and 6-8 were fatal. He added that the motorist’s shortage of experience and training was deemed a element in the incident.

Daimler Trucks North America has just announced two recalls according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. One recall with the brake caliper. Cascadia trucks affect using an issue with the steering box.More than 4,000 Freightliner trucks affect. In trucks that were affected tightened through manufacturing. Loose brake caliper mounting bolts may reduce brake effectiveness.Owners will be informed and dealers will tighten the brake caliper mounting bolts for free.

Call DTNA’s customer service with remember number FL-783. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-525.For the exact same issue, DTNA remembered more than 18,000 Cascadia trucks version year 2018-19 in July. Daimler recalled Western Star trucks for comparable issues and over 3,000 model year 2018 Freightliner last December.The next recall affects more than 100 Cascadia trucks year 2018-19. Trucks that are affected possess pitman arms that may crack and fracture over time. There are a loss of steering control In case the pitman arm fractures. DTNA will have dealers replace the pitman arms at no cost. Questions may be directed to DTNA’s customer service phone number mentioned above with recall variety FL-784. NHTSA’s number for your pitman arms remember is 18V-522.

Affected Freightliner trucks include (all model year 2018-19):

  • Business Class M2
  • Cascadia
  • Columbia
  • Coronado
  • 108SD
  • 114SD
  • 122SD

PORTLAND, Ore. – (September 5, 2018) – Shelley Uvanille-Hesch knew her truck was a beauty queen and now it has the title to prove it.

Uvanille-Hesch drives “Miss Destiny Star”, a 2019 Western Star 5700XE that has been decorated with a truck wrap featuring pictures of members of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC). She founded the organization, which recruits women drivers, dispatchers, technicians and managers to the Canadian trucking industry.

Miss Destiny Star’s purple-and-white graphics package recently won the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) annual 3M Vehicle Graphic Award in the Special Event/Promotional category. The award was announced at PMTC’s annual conference. The contest, which includes other categories, draws hundreds of entries a year.

The wrap was donated to WTFC this year by Western Star, which is a corporate member of the organization.

“Western Star is proud to sponsor Miss Destiny Star and support the important work done by Shelley and the WTFC,” said Samantha Parlier, vice president of marketing and product strategy for Western Star. “Miss Destiny Star serves as a valuable resource that helps spread the word about opportunities for women in trucking.”

WTFC worked closely with local dealership Highway Western Star in Ayr, Ont., on the design of the wrap and the 5700XE’s other striking features, including a custom blue-and-pink LED lighting scheme.

Miss Destiny Star, which Uvanille-Hesch drives for Sharp Transportation of Ontario, is a beautiful truck with a positive message, said Mike Millian, president of PMTC.

“It’s a sharp-looking truck that really catches the eye. You don’t just look at it and glance away; you want to examine it more closely,” he said. “It will hopefully encourage more women to consider a career in trucking.”

Uvanille-Hesch said she is thrilled, but not surprised that the truck won the graphics award. She’s seen the reactions it gets at truck stops and terminals and from other drivers.

“Everyone wants to take a closer look,” she said. “I think people appreciate that it’s real women on the side.”

When she is not driving the truck on her regular routes through the United States and Canada, she takes it to trucking shows and promotional and charitable events, where she talks to women about careers in trucking. WTFC, which has about 300 members, also mentors women in driving schools and hosts career events at high schools.

“This truck is extremely popular,” Uvanille-Hesch said. “We’re already booked at events every month through September.”

In a victory for TransAm Trucking, a federal judge recently dropped a class action lawsuit worth a total of more than $120 million against the Olathe, Kansas based carrier of temperature controlled freight

In Blair v. Transam, Judge Eric F. Melgren in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas ended a class action lawsuit against TransAm by decertifying the two classes of drivers in the case. The suit claimed TransAm Trucking misclassified drivers as independent contractors, referred to as “Owner Operators” by TransAm, rather than regular employees, referred to as “Company Drivers.” The court also denied the drivers’ claims regarding minimum wage.

Brought by plaintiffs Larry Blair and Charlie Davis, the suit sought damages for approximately 8,500 drivers in the amount of $100 million dollars, as well as attorney’s fees. Drivers also wanted damages of $22 million and attorney’s fees in their claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act for more than 1,900 drivers.

Filed back in 2009, the lawsuit argued that some drivers were misclassified as owner operators when they should have been classified as company drivers and paid accordingly, in compliance with state and federal law. According to a statement from the company, TransAm uses both employed company drivers and independent contractors to haul cargo for its customers. The company’s contractors were paid significantly more per mile than company drivers under the terms of their contract with TransAm, the statement indicated. TransAm believed this allowed contractors the freedom of operating their independent businesses in ways that were most lucrative.

In a news release, TransAm President Russ McElliot said, “We truly value the relationship with our independent contractor drivers and believe that we have the best program in the industry. One of the hallmarks of our program is to allow the driver to make his or her own business decisions and choices every day. These drivers have different goals and objectives and they make their own decisions based on their goals and objectives. We are certainly pleased that the court recognized this hallmark of our program in this decision.”

No appeal is expected. In another lawsuit against the company, a Kansas court squashed a $90 million claim by Iowa based freight carrier CRST International that TransAm was actively recruiting CRST drivers. CRST has filed an appeal. TransAm operates more than 1,000 tractors and over 1,900 trailers.