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Can Big Trucks be Hacked?

Recent research proves it is possible to take partial control of some truck systems via direct connection to a truck's on-board diagnostic port, or data port. Whether or not remote control is possible remains to be proven.

Photo courtesy of Donlen.

Donlen Moves to New HQ

Donlen has moved into a new headquarters located about 7 miles north in Bannockburn, Ill., the fleet management company announced.

Average Diesel Prices Slide, Crude Oil Gains

The average price of diesel fuel in the United States fell again last week, dropping to levels last seen in mid-May, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Carrier Transicold Develops Telematics System for Reefer Units

Carrier Transicold will offer a customized telematics solution for its transport refrigeration units to help fleets manage refrigerated assets remotely.

Safety Tip: Mountain Driving

Here's some mountain driving advice culled from the Colorado Driver Manual and the National Park Service.

Frito-Lay Fleet Reaches CNG Milestone

Frito-Lay's fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled trucks and vans have logged more than 100 million miles in the past five years, the PepsiCo division has announced.

Postal Fleet Services Leases 20 CNG Trucks from Ryder

Postal Fleet Services has signed a Ryder ChoiceLease Full Service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas heavy-duty trucks to support its mail-delivery operations in four states.

Spireon Touts 2016 First Half Growth

Spireon Inc. has achieved its 20th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, as the company added over 1 million new connected devices in the past year across its vehicle telematics segments.

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Yokohama Tire Names Senior Director of Commercial Sales

Yokohama Tire Corporation has promoted Dan Funkhouser to senior director of commercial sales. His responsibilities will include all business segments in the commercial division.

Photo of 2016 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 5.6% in July

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine automakers increased 5.6% to 49,464 in July with truck-based vehicles outpacing passenger cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo of Sprinter Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Sprinter Worker Lineup

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its Sprinter Worker lineup with additional chassis, engine, and body configurations geared toward the contracting, delivery and transportation service industries.

Photo of the Metris Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker Cuts $3,000 from Price

Mercedes-Benz USA will offer a Metris Worker cargo van for about $3,000 less than its regular model as a more affordable option that's especially targeted at smaller fleets, the company has announced.

Natural Gas Fuel Approved to be Sold as DGE Standard

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) has voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as fuel for vehicles.

Volvo and Mack Renew Decisiv Contract

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have renewed their contracts with Decisiv, the provider of the ASIST tool that enables real-time communications between customers, dealers and service staff.

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009, including propane autogas vehicles. (Photo courtesy of UPS)

UPS Reaches Alternative Fuels Goal a Year Early

UPS has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, the global delivery company announced.

Logos via Verizon and Fleetmatics.

Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Makes Telematics Giant

Verizon will control about 25% of the telematics market following its planned acquisitions of Fleetmatics and Telogis in moves that indicate steady growth ahead for fleet telematics use, a market expert said.

The Nikola One concept truck Image: Nikola Motors

Hybrid-Electric Class 8 Truck Scores Zero Emissions in Testing

Nikola Motor Company’s advanced research and development team says it has achieved 100% zero emissions on the company’s hybrid-electric Class 8 truck, the Nikola One.

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Element Boosts Truck Team

Element Financial Corp. has bolstered its fleet truck sales efforts with eight new hires and promotions that include elevating Brad Hewitt to vice president of national accounts, the company announced.

Average Diesel Prices Fall to $2.35 Per Gallon

Diesel fuel prices are continuing to fall, dropping around 8 cents from their peak of $2.43 per gallon in early June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Roundabouts

The Michigan Department of Transportation offers advice on how to safely navigate through a roundabout.

EquipmentWatch.com Relaunched

Penton’s EquipmentWatch, a provider of data, insights, and workflow tools for the heavy equipment industry, relaunched its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform at EquipmentWatch.com.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of MBUSA.

Knapheide Adds Ship-Thru Capabilities for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Knapheide announced its ability to now provide van and cutaway based upfit solutions for the Mercedes Sprinter and Metris along with ship-thru capabilities to service regional and national fleet customers and fleet management companies.

Logos courtesy of Fleetmatics and Verizon.

Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics

Verizon Communications will acquire leading telematics provider Fleetmatics Group for $2.4 billion in a cash deal that will create a powerhouse telematics provider.

The DD5 installed in a Freightliner M102 box truck. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Enters Medium-Duty Engine Market with DD5

Daimler Trucks North America's new Detroit DD5 engine will begin production in October. The four-cylinder engine offers several benefits over competitive medium-duty engines, including maintenance intervals, fuel economy and durability.

Heavy electric delivery truck's range is 200 kilometers (124 miles) and its batteries can be recharged in as little as two hours. Photos: Daimler Trucks

M-B Class 8 Electric Truck to be Tested in Urban Delivery Service

Heavy-duty Urban eTruck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter, Daimler says.

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