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Roadnet Anywhere Update Offers Advanced Fleet Overview Options

Omnitracs announced the availability of Roadnet Anywhere version 4.5, incorporating advanced vehicle overview features to allow fleet managers to view the status of their entire fleet while also improving workflow on the ground.

Source: Black Book

Truck Segment Remains Fairly Stable

When weighted for volume, the overall truck segment values (including pickups, SUVs, and vans) decreased by 0.08% last week, which is better than the average decrease of 0.21% per week in the previous four weeks.

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Los Angeles Completes Battery-Electric Refuse Truck Demo

The City of Los Angeles Sanitation has completed its battery-electric refuse truck demonstration project with BYD and Wayne Engineering. This demo vehicle logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day.

Bridgestone Follows Goodyear in Second Round of Tire Price Increases

Bridgestone has followed Goodyear in announcing a second price increase on its truck and bus tires this year.

Photo via EveryCarListed/Flickr.

New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Remains at 25.3

The May value is up 5.2 mpg since October 2007, the first month of monitoring by UMTRI. This value is 0.2 mpg below the peak of 25.5 mpg from August 2014.

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Texas Texting Ban Takes Effect in September

After a decade of failed legislative attempts, the state finally has a law on the books that prohibits texting while driving.

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Natural Gas Road Rally Kicks Off In Long Beach

The Natural Gas Road Rally Across America has kicked off in Long Beach, Calif., sending several heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles powered by natural gas on a coast-to-coast road trip to Washington, D.C.

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FMCSA to Hold Live ELD Q&A Sessions in July

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that in July, it will hold two live question-and-answer sessions about electronic logging devices.

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International Truck Offers Fabco Axle on WorkStar Models

International Truck has announced the availability of the heavy-duty Fabco FSD-20K axle option on its WorkStar lineup.

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Ameren Illinois Shows Off Utility Equipment

The utility exhibited a mobile storm trailer, mobile substation, vapor extraction unit for natural gas leaks, and bucket truck.

Photo of XL Hybrid Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

More Fleets Choose XL Hybrids' Plug-In Hybrid F-150

Three of the latest companies that intend to add XLP F-150s to their fleet include the City of Long Beach, Calif., Southern California Edison (SCE), and Tampa Electric (TECO).

Truck and Van News: Diesels, A Recall, and New Models

Two automakers responded to lawsuits over its diesel vehicles, Ford recalled two models, and Volvo unveiled its new VNR model.

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Georgia Power Sends Off Mobile Command Center for Hurricane Season

The company manages storm response activities from its Storm Center in Atlanta and often deploys the Mobile Command Center to affected areas to serve as the company's communication and tactical hub.

Workhorse to Exhibit Plug-In Pickup at EUFMC

Workhorse will exhibit the new W-15 range-extended electric pickup truck at the 2017 Electric Utilities Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va., June 4-7.

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Safety Tip: Peripheral Awareness

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

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‘Move Over’ Laws Add Protection for Utility Vehicles

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.

Federal Signal Completes $270 Million Acquisition of TBEI

Federal Signal has completed its acquisition of Truck Bodies and Equipment International, a manufacturer of dump bodies and trailers, for a purchase price of $270 million.

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

Waymo Exploring Self-Driving Trucks

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

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FMCSA Yanks Minimum Insurance Rulemaking

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.

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Safety Companies Offer Advice Ahead of Roadcheck 2017

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.

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Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Vehicle Technology Bill

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that they are reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act, which is aimed at encouraging investment, research, and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

The Stertil-Koni ECOLIFT provides wheels free lifting via an ultra-shallow, full-rise in-ground, and axle engaging vehicle lift. (Photo courtesy of Steril-Koni)

D’Annunzio & Sons Modernizes with Steril-Koni

For its new facility, D’Annunzio & Sons worked closely with Stertil-Koni’s exclusive, New Jersey-based heavy duty vehicle lift distributor, Hoffman Services to select an optimal combination of Stertil-Koni heavy-duty lifting system.

Members of the North American trucking trade press test drove Volvo Trucks&amp;rsquo; new VNR model during a two-day event in Winston-Salem, N.C. Several VNR configurations were tested on inner city roads and highways, offering a comprehensive driving experience and a complete look at the versatility of the new VNR regional haul model. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)<br />

First Volvo VNR Regional Haul Models Take the Road

The first test drive included several different configurations of the new tractor and took place on inner city roads and highways, offering a comprehensive driving experience and a complete look at the versatility of the new VNR regional haul model.

Photo via International Transport Forum report.

Report: Autonomous Trucks Could Kill Millions of Jobs by 2030

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.

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500. Photos courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 3.3% in May

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight automakers increased 3.3% to 67,744 units, a reversal from several months of declining sales this year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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