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Fleet Owner names Fleets of the Year at annual event

Five fleets awarded trophies for their focus on innovation, safety, and excellence.

Fleet Owner hosted the magazine's 2016 Fleet of the Year awards presentation at a special dinner held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) convention in Nashville, TN, with WIX Filters co-sponsoring the 15th annual recognition of fleet excellence.

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Looking to the future of future truck technology

Omnitracs says it's considering tomorrow's applications of emerging tech and systems From platooning to to drones, new and emerging technologies in trucking are written and read about frequently in this rapidly changing industry. Fleet management systems provider Omnitracs says it's looking even farther ahead in developing its truck technologies so they'll be ready to handle changes to come.

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Q&A: Don Daseke on Going Public

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HDT: Congratulations on converting Daseke Inc. into a public company. Since you have not offered a typical initial public offering of stock, can you tell us about the process you followed to secure a Nasdaq listing?

Daseke: Thank you. What we did is somewhat unique; most people are not familiar with how we did it. Effectively, we merged with what used to be a special-purpose acquisition company [Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II], which is a firm that just has cash to invest. Once we merged, the new company took the Daseke name and, as a public company, we received our stock symbols [on Feb 28]. It's a very fast transition to going public compared to issuing an IPO and the company remains controlled by the board [which includes two directors who were the top executives of HCAC]. HCAC has gone away and now Daseke Inc. has the capital to go out and add more open-deck specialized carriers to our family of companies, which now numbers nine.

HDT: Daseke is the first trucking company to go public since 2010. I understand that taking the company public had been a goal of yours, perhaps even since launching Daseke in 2009. Why was that?

Daseke: [Along with raising capital] going public will allow for employee ownership of the company. We have always intended to offer that to all our employees, especially our drivers. We've found that people think differently and feel differently if they are the owner. [Employee ownership] is a way to show respect, especially to our drivers. Driving is a tough job and it's even more so for our drivers, who must tarp all sorts of heavy, unusual things. It's a highly skilled job and we want to show drivers respect for the difficult job they do and show we ...Read the rest of this story

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Trucking Alliance Endorses Developing Autonomous Trucks

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Hands-off on the highway in the Freightliner Inspiration, a demo vehicle for autonomous-driving technologies. Photo: David Cullen

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The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (aka the Trucking Alliance) has announced its unanimous support for the development of autonomous driving technologies for commercial vehicles.

Per a Feb. 28 statement, the board stated that it “supports the development of advanced vehicle technologies that enable commercial drivers to utilize highly automated driving systems, enhancing their safety and security.”

The board also said that the Alliance “supports the use of these technologies to achieve safety performance levels that rival commercial airlines” and supports other initiatives that focus on drivers and their safety, such as “advanced driver assisted technologies in commercial vehicles, rather than commercial vehicles that rely solely on full automation.”

The statement pointed out as well that the Alliance “believes that commercial drivers are an indispensable asset to the safe operation of commercial vehicles” and that it “maintains the principle that commercial drivers are necessary to improve the safety and security of the general public.”

In addition, the board said it “believes that commercial drivers are integral to supply chain accountability, as well as managing unforeseen weather events, emergencies, detours, vehicle conditions, computer software programs, cybersecurity disruptions, cargo security, and in providing efficient customer services.”

The Alliance describes itself as a coalition of transportation and logistics companies, as well as supporting businesses, that are "committed to ensuring greater safety and security for commercial drivers and that support regulatory and legislative proposals that, if adopted, could reduce large truck accidents, injuries and fatalities that occur each year on the nations' highways."

The companies within the Alliance companies and the states they're headquartered in are: Cargo Transporters (North Carolina), Dupré Logistics (Louisiana), JB Hunt Transport Services (Arkansas), KLLM Transport Services (Mississippi), Knight ...Read the rest of this story

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Mack Launches Wireless Software Updates

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NASVILLE -- Mack Trucks has launched Over The Air, to let customers update software wirelessly to minimize scheduling disruptions and increase efficiency and uptime. The company announced the rollout at the American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting here.

Two categories of software updates are available through Mack Over The Air: one for powertrain components and the other for vehicle parameters like road speed limits, optimizing performance for customers with trucks that change duty cycles based on economics load type and geographic area.

“Mack Over The Air represents the next step in Mack's industry-leading approach to uptime,” said David Pardue, vice president of connected vehicles and uptime services for Mack Trucks. “Our customers can now make these updates whenever and wherever it is convenient for them.”

Mack Over The Air uses Mack GuardDog Connects integrated telematics hardware to deliver the software updates to customers. GuardDog Connect comes standard on every Mack model equipped with a Mack engine and provides proactive monitoring and repair planning, enabling real-time diagnosis of issues, scheduling of repairs and confirmation that needed parts are in stock and ready to install.

Mack Over The Air will be available for all Mack models equipped with GuardDog Connect and Mack's 2017 engines.

Mack Trucks also announced with Telogis that it is offering a free 30-day trial of Mack Fleet Management Services with Telogis Fleet. Telogis Fleet for Mack is a fleet management and telematics solution that can be activated over the air and scaled to different fleet sizes.

Using data from GuardDog Connect, Telogis Fleet provides real-time visibility of truck and driver performance.

“It's easy to read about the features that Mack Fleet Management Services with Telogis Fleet offers, but it's a game changer when you can try them first hand,” said Mack's Pardue. “With a 30-day free trial, customers can see ...Read the rest of this story

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Remote updates coming for Volvo trucks

NASHVILLE. Volvo Trucks North America is adding remote update capability for all of its vehicles equipped with 2017 Volvo engines, transmissions, aftertreatment systems and other powertrain components. The new Remote Programming service will push our powertrain software updates, which average about two a year, as well as react to fault code conditions that can be corrected with a software download.

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