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June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Peripheral Awareness

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Here's advice from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to help drivers improve their peripheral awareness and avoid side collisions.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

‘Move Over’ Laws Add Protection for Utility Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia/Willmar Municipal Utilities

Two states have passed legislation to protect the safety of utility workers through ‘Move Over’ laws, which require drivers to change lanes when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Safety, Move Over Law

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Exploring Self-Driving Trucks

Waymo's fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Photo: Waymo

Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous-driving unit Waymo is now also developing self-driving trucks, per published reports.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Minimum Insurance Rulemaking

Photo: FMCSA

More than three years after launching a rulemaking to increase minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the FMCSA is dropping the effort because it says it has not collected enough information to warrant going forward-- at least for now.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, The Trucking Alliance, Truckload Carriers Association, OOIDA, ATA

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Companies Offer Advice Ahead of Roadcheck 2017

Image via Instructional Technologies Inc.

With the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck around the corner, several trucking safety brands are offering free training and advice to help fleets prepare for inspections.

Tags: Cargo Management, Inspections, CVSA, International Roadcheck

June 1, 2017 - Global News

Report: Autonomous Trucks Could Kill Millions of Jobs by 2030

Photo via International Transport Forum report.

A new report out of Europe is projecting that 50-70% of truck driving jobs could become redundant by 2030 as a result of self-driving truck technology.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Europe, Autonomous Vehicles

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Fires Self-Driving Head at Center of Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year's ATA Managment Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In the latest fallout from the legal battle between Waymo and Uber, Anthony Levandowski, who headed Uber's self-driving technology group, has been fired.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, LiDAR, Otto, Waymo

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Retires Otto Brand Name

The retirement of the Otto brand name comes on the heels of a tough year for the autonomous truck company. Photo: Otto

Uber has quietly retired the Otto brand name with no word on a future branding for the autonomous truck developer.

Tags: Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Tire Maintenance

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

In recognition of National Tire Safety Week, here are some tire maintenance tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Tires, NHTSA, Safety

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Pickups, SUVs for Seat Back Weld

Photo of Ford Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

The recall involves 2,195 2017-model year Ford F-150 pickups, Explorer SUVs and Super Duty pickups in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, Recalls, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. Image courtesy of U.S. DOT.

3M is supplying special lane markings, signage and dedicated short-range communication devices for installation on a stretch of I-75.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, V2I, Safety, Michigan DOT

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Preventing Injuries Tied to Air Bags

Drivers can take certain measures to mitigate the risk of serious injury arising from air bag deployment. Here are some tips from the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Vehicles.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Kansas, Air Bags, Safety

May 19, 2017 - Press Release

Genie Introduces Tool to Calculate Safe Loads for Aerial Lifts

The new Genie interactive tool provides site visitors the opportunity to choose different materials, attachments, and operators of various sizes to “place” on the virtual boom platform.

Tags: Genie, Utility Fleets, Aerial Devices, Safety, Aerial Lifts

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Granted Key Win in Self-Driving Lawsuit

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A federal judge has ruled that Uber is allowed to continue developing its self-driving technology during a legal battle with Waymo over stolen technology – but Anthony Levandowski, who started up an autonomous truck company later bought by Uber, can't be part of it.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, LiDAR, Waymo, Otto, Litigation

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Crashes Account for 41% of Work-Related Accidental Deaths

Photo by C.G.P. Grey/Wikimedia Commons.

Overall, the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. is poisonings -- including drug overdoses -- according to a new report from the National Safety Council.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Safety

May 15, 2017 - Press Release

SambaSafety's Vigillo Offers Driver Risk Profile Product

SambaSafety's Vigillo has introduced Roadside Resume, a commercial driver safety, compliance and risk profile that's being launched at the same time as the spring update of SambaSafety's DriverMonitor driver risk management solution.

Tags: Risk Management, Drivers, CSA, Vigillo, SambaSafety

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Motorcycles

Photo courtesy of TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so here's advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how to share the road safely with motorcyclists.

Tags: California DMV, Motorcycles, Driver Safety Tips, NHTSA, Safety, California Highway Patrol

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Pickups Recalled for Air Bags, Seat Belts

Photo of Ram 1500 truck courtesy of FCA.

The recall, set to begin June 23, covers more than 1 million Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 vehicles.

Tags: Seat Belts, Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Air Bags, Ram 3500, NHTSA, Large Pickups, Safety, FCA

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Kinedyne Designates May as Cargo Securement Awareness Month

Photo: CVSA

With the CVSA’s annual International Roadcheck less than a month away, cargo-control provider Kinedyne has designated May 2017 as the First International Cargo Securement Awareness Month.

Tags: Cargo Management, Kinedyne, Inspections, CVSA, International Roadcheck

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

IIHS Tests Show Benefits of Semitrailer Side Underride Guards

Recent crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety make a case for guards designed to prevent side underride crashes.

Tags: IIHS, Crash Tests, Safety, Semitrailers

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Seven GOP Lawmakers Signal Support for Hair-Testing Truckers

Photo: FMCSA

A letter signed by seven Republican Congressmen lays out their unequivocal support of a petition calling for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow hair testing in lieu of urinalysis to meet drug- testing requirements for truck-driver applicants.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Hair Testing, CDL

May 8, 2017 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster Recalled for Faulty Air Bag Labeling

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA US.

The recall, expected to begin June 9, covers nearly 114,000 vehicles in the 2014 to 2017 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, Air Bags, Ram ProMaster, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety

May 8, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Understanding Flood Dangers

Fleet drivers in all states need to be informed about the dangers of flash floods. Here are tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Flooding, Missouri, Weather, Safety

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Outlines Steps to Prevent Truck Ramming Terrorism

Photo: Jim Park

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association has created a new brochure outlining ways that rental truck company employees can help prevent truck-related terror attacks.

Tags: TRALA, Department of Homeland Security, Terrorism, TSA, Safety

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Proper Steering Grips

Here's steering advice from AAA, the California DMV and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, NHTSA, Safety

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