Electric truck companies’ pursuit of a zero-emissions future has yet to knock out vehicles powered by natural gas as the waste industry’s preferred fuel alternative. But the long view increasingly focuses on electric collection vehicles, even while investment in natural gas continues in the near term.
Industry Trends & Drivers
Ford is ditching the traditional method of integrating telematics, avoiding costly and time-consuming aftermarket hardware installations and instead introducing proprietary telematics systems for fleets that use their models and allowing access to data through their open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC).
When looking for ways to reduce costs and save time in work truck fleet management, digitizing your documents should be one of your first stops.
The ability to predict parts failures and to develop VIN-specific preventive maintenance programs are two benefits that fleets can achieve if harnessing the power of connectivity.
The self-driving technology company Waymo Via will pilot Peterbilt 579 trucks on runs from Dallas to El Paso and Houston.
Automated Trucking, A Technical Milestone That Could Disrupt Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, Hits the Road
Companies are already testing driverless trucks on America’s roads. The technology will bring untold profits, but it may cost thousands of truckers their livelihoods.
The appearance of COVID-19 may have slowed down the trucking industry, but the electrification of trucks continues to push forward through the pandemic.
The right ELD can collect an array of telematics data beyond just engine hours, helping fleets do more than simply comply with hours of service requirements.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not significantly affected Daimler Trucks North America’s work on medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric trucks, and despite production shutdowns due to the pandemic, the company is back to building vehicles at the same rate it was before the pandemic hit.
The state of Michigan and some private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.
While diesel and gasoline engines will still be the main power source for commercial vehicles for the next decade, fleets are now testing and buying sustainable vehicle technologies in record numbers.
Locomation and Wilson Logistics have completed a trial of their new semi-autonomous truck-convoy technology, which transported 14 commercial loads between Portland, Oregon and Nampa, Idaho.