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Improvements in Collision Mitigation Systems

Anyone who drives a truck will tell you that collision mitigation systems are evolving. At first, false positives plagued these systems, causing false activations and unnecessary emergency braking. Now with refinements, collision mitigation systems are becoming increasingly popular.

Volvo Trucks became the first North American manufacturer to embrace this safety feature, by making the Bendix Wingman Fusion a factory-built standard on its highway models. More on Volvo’s experience and other vendors at this link:

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Putting the Mack Anthem to the Test

When Mack Trucks launched the new Anthem last year, it set its sights squarely on seizing more of the long-haul market. They’ve hit their target, with orders of 70-inch standup sleepers already two times higher than they were for all of 2017.

Now, one year later, transportation writers took a Mack Anthem on 3-day test drive to see what the buzz is about. The takeaway after 1-thousand miles? The Anthem combines a fuel-efficient powertrain and good aerodynamics which adds up to great fuel savings on the long haul.

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Creative Solutions to the Driver Shortage

At last check, the nationwide driver shortage is estimated to be at least 50,000 and growing. Combined with the booming demand to move freight, more and more trucking companies are coming up with creative solutions to address the nationwide driver shortage.

Wages and bonuses have become common but now some forward-thinking companies have rolled out scholarship programs designed to recruit and retain new drivers.

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Trucking Snapshot 2018

Fed by a stronger economy and the electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate, the trucking industry is now experiencing what is perhaps the tightest capacity crunch in history. By using data on tonnage and other freight trends across various industry segments, motor carriers and shippers can more effectively plan for the scarcity of trucks and adjust their operations to remain competitive.

Overall, handling over 70% of all freight in the U.S., the trucking industry continues to dominate freight transportation over all other modes. Total truck tonnage in 2017, including for-hire and private carrier operations, was more than 22% higher than its lowest point in 2009.

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Volvo, FedEx Team on Live Platooning in North Carolina

The tightest trucking market in years is testing the limits of an otherwise well-conditioned U.S. economic expansion.

Whether it’s driver shortages, new regulations or simply demand continuing to outpace capacity, a lot of focus is being placed on more efficient ways to move freight. The concept of Platooning is one new technology that can help. In fact, Volvo Trucks and FedEx just put platooning to the test.

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Pitt Ohio Tests Two Mack Anthem Natural Gas Trucks

TransEdge Truck Centers is excited to be part of an innovative experiment being conducted by Mack Trucks.

Our longtime client, Pitt Ohio, is currently testing two natural gas-powered Mack Anthem daycabs equipped with Cummins Westport ISX12N engines. TransEdge delivered the trucks at our Pittsburgh location this Spring.

The yearlong test is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection program, “Driving PA Forward,” just launched in May. The program is part of the state’s effort to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by replacing older diesel engines with alternative fuel-powered trucks.

Source: Transport Topics