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21 Mar by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Will truckers become like drone operators?

Stefan Seltz-Axmacher knows that many drivers don't like him and his autonomous trucks so he tries to change the conversation. "Yes, we're these nerdy guys from San Francisco, and we've built a robot that looks like it does their work," says the CEO and co-founder of Starsky Robotics. "Drivers say, 'Oh, my gosh. Are they going to take our jobs?' but when the conversation becomes about remote driving, and more home time, we go from being an enemy to a friend. I really hope that's the dynamic we're largely able to have."

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Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

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Ford is recommending the use of Motorcraft-branded diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Motocraft's WSS-M2C171-F1 formulation should be used in all Power Stroke diesels, especially the 6.7L that powers the F-250, F-350, and F-450, because it better protects the engine against high-mileage wear, according to the company. Ford had previously recommended CJ-4 formulations for its Super Duty trucks. On Dec. 1, the American Petroleum Institute began licensing the new CK-4 and FA-4 oils. CJ-4 oils will eventually be phased out.

Commercial users should avoid the FA-4 formulation due to its low viscosity. CK-4 motor oils should be avoided because they provide "inadequate wear protection," according to a statement.

The oil certification information is located on the back of an oil pouch in a circle known as the API donut.

Customers shouldn't use oils labeled CK-4/SN unless they have been approved by Ford to meet WSS-M2C171-F1. This is possible with SAE 10W-40, 15W-40, 5W-40 and 0W-40 oils. SAE 10W-30 oils showing CK-4/SN cannot meet WSS-M2C171-F1.

Motorcraft Super Duty diesel motor oil is formulated with premium hydroprocessed base oils and additive technology necessary to meet WSS-M2C171-F1. This new oil also meets the requirements of Cummins CES20086, Detroit Diesel 93K222, Volvo VDS-4.5 and Mack EOS-4.5, according to Ford.

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Diesel Prices Fall; U.S. Crude Production Slipped in 2016

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The price of diesel fuel continued to slide last week, as the latest numbers from the Energy Department show a two-week trend of falling fuel prices.

The average price of on-highway diesel fuel fell by 2.5 cents last week, falling to $2.539 per gallon at the pump. The price is now 42 cents more expensive on average than it was in same week of 2016.

Prices were down in all regions of the country with the largest decrease coming to the Gulf Coast, dropping 3.9 cents. The smallest decline was found in New England where prices were down only 0.6 cents for the week.

The average price of regular gasoline was also down last week, though only by 0.2 cents per gallon with the price hovering around $2.32. The price is now 31.4 cents higher than it was in the same week a year ago.

Prices varied up and down by region, with the largest drop occurring in the Lower Atlantic at 0.8 cents per gallon. The largest increase in prices was a similarly small 0.4 cents per gallon in the Midwest.

Meanwhile, the Energy Department released its analysis of U.S. crude oil production in 2016, which showed that it decreased for the year overall. Despite the decline, U.S. crude production began to rise in the last few months of 2016 and total production for the year was still above the five-year average.

Crude prices increased from a low of around $31 per barrel to $52 per barrel, which was the largest annual increase in prices since 2009. An agreement by OPEC countries to cut production and increase prices had the intended effect on the crude oil market at the end of the year, but it has since remained flat in 2017, largely thansk to increased U.S. oil production.

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