Economic Watch: Muddy Future Discussed at ATA MC&E

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    Economic Watch: Muddy Future Discussed at ATA MC&E

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    The economy and its effect on trucking was the topic of a general session on Sunday, hosted by American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist Bob Costello and his guest and analyst Diane Swonk, at the ATA's annual convention in Las Vegas. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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    The economy and its effect on trucking was the topic of a general session on Sunday, hosted by American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist Bob Costello and his guest and analyst Diane Swonk, at the ATA's annual convention in Las Vegas. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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    LAS VEGAS -- There is a lot of uncertainty about where the economy is headed, but there is reason for hope that it and business conditions for trucking are slowing improving.

    That was the message Sunday afternoon at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas during a session hosted by ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello and his guest Diane Swonk, analyst, founder and CEO of DS Economics.

    According to Swonk, the American economy is at a “turning point,” meaning business conditions are expected to rebound from their current “subpar growth” for several reasons.

    One, she said, consumers are “holding their own,” meaning they are continuing to spend, which helps drive a lot of freight movements. Two, job growth has been fairly strong, although Swonk believes there are still people sitting on the sidelines.

    Costello said he expects job growth to decelerate at some point, while Swonk pointed out that the millennial generation (those who reached adulthood around the turn of the century) spend more money on services rather than products – a negative for trucking – and it won't be at least until 2022 before this generation “gets over the hurdle of their student debt legacy” meaning they have less money to spend.

    Add to this the fact that online shopping is growing by leaps and bounds, resulting in what Swonk called “shifting to this hybrid of bricks and clicks,” and millennials taking jobs once held by older, higher paid workers, and it's no wonder why there is uneasiness about how some of these trends will affect trucking.

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    Peterbilt Adds Fuel-Efficient Day Cab

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    Peterbilt's new Model 579 Epiq day cab on display at ATA MC&E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

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    Peterbilt's new Model 579 Epiq day cab on display at ATA MC&E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

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    LAS VEGAS — Peterbilt has added a day cab version of its aerodynamic, fuel efficient Model 579 Epiq day cab, officials announced during the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.

    It's aimed at fuel-conscious day-cab fleet customers in regional, tanker and bulk haul applications.

    “Fuel-efficient day cabs have been an underserved market up till now,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager.

    The Model 579 Epiq day cab offers up to 14% improved fuel economy compared to the predecessor Model 386 day cab, Siver said, and that number can be enhanced further by using a drivetrain featuring the Paccar MX engine and Eaton Fuller Advantage automated transmission.

    Among the aerodynamic enhancements on the Model 579 Epiq day cab are:
    Multi-piece aerodynamic hood available in both 117- and 123-inch lengths;

    A three-piece collapsible roof fairing;Chassis fairings with rubber skirts from the quarter fender to the back of the cab and aerodynamic rubber closeouts under the sides of the cab;A three-piece aerodynamic bumper;A bumper air dam and bumper-to-hood seals;Front wheel closeouts and fender liners; andChassis fairing kickouts.

    Customers can specify the full aero package through Peterbilt dealerships for simplified ordering or customize it for specific needs, such as an aero bumper-to-back-of-cab package or an aero bumper-to-front-tandem package. The aerodynamic components and packages are also available through Peterbilt dealerships for aftermarket installation.

    Peterbilt's Model 579 Epiq day cab is available with the fuel-efficient Paccar MX-13 or MX-11 engine in a wide range of horsepower and torque ratings.

    The three-piece collapsible roof fairing is an industry-unique design that in a few minutes allows the roof fairing to be lowered, according to Peterbilt. This allows the truck to be transported without the need to completely remove the roof fairing, as is common with most day cabs.

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    Economists mildly optimistic over economy, freight

    Diane Swonk and ATA's Bob Costello offer economic outlook for ATA conference

    LAS VEGAS. While everyone has been waiting for "the big rebound" in the current economic recovery, the U.S. GDP probably won't grow more than 1.6% this year, according to economist Diane Swonk, founder and CEO of DS Economics “This year could deliver the weakest growth since the Great Recession,” she said speaking at an economic forum during the American Trucking Assns.' annual conference.

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    Paccar Adds Drive Axle, Updates Engines

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    Paccar says its new drive axle is the lightest in its class.

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    LAS VEGAS — In a step toward more integrated drivetrains in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, Paccar announced a new 40,000-pound tandem axle that saves weight and improves fuel economy.

    This axle is “really helping us make steps toward an integrated powertrain,” Landon Sproull, Paccar vice president, told reporters at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

    The new axle is designed for line haul, regional haul and pick-up and delivery customers, rated at 40,000 pounds and supporting a gross combination weight of 80,000 pounds. It offers ratios from 2.47 to 3.70 with engine torque compatibility up to 1,650 lb-ft and multi-torque rating compatibility up to 1,750 lb-ft.

    The Paccar axle features a pinion-through-shaft design that simplifies power flow in the axle for maximum efficiency. A laser-welded carrier design eliminates internal fasteners, and reduces oil churn and weight. Overall the axle offers up to 150 pounds of weight savings, according to the company. Sproull did not specify the fuel economy improvements, noting that it would vary by application.

    Kenworth and Peterbilt will begin offering the axle to customers in January 2017. It carries a warranty of five years or 750,000 miles.

    Also available in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks in January will be new power, torque and fuel efficiency enhancements to Paccar MX-13 and MX-11 engines for North America. Nearly 50% of Peterbilt and Kenworth heavy-duty trucks currently are produced with Paccar MX engines, according to Sproull.

    Paccar increased the MX-13 engine's output to 510 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque and increased the MX-11 engine's output to 430 hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque. The enhanced Paccar MX-11 engine also adds a new 335 hp and 1,150 lb-ft torque rating in the lower end of the power range. Paccar's MX engines now deliver peak torque ...Read the rest of this story

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    Vigillo and J.J. Keller Reveal Data-Driven Driver Training Solution

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    Vigillo CEO Steven Bryan outlines new Prescriptive Analytics Solution developed in partnership with J.J. Keller. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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    Vigillo CEO Steven Bryan outlines new Prescriptive Analytics Solution developed in partnership with J.J. Keller. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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    LAS VEGAS. Vigillo LLC and J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. have partnered to launch a Prescriptive Analytics Solution that identifies unsafe behavior by truck drivers and then assigns training designed to address the issues, announced Vigillo CEO Steven Bryan on Oct. 2 here at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition.

    Bryan explained that solution leverages the data that Vigillo routinely gathers from over 500,000 truck drivers to diagnose driver behavior that may lead to unsafe operations.

    For example, he said that CSA violation data from law enforcement is combined with critical event data from on-board technology to create “a rich profile of driver behavior.”

    The resulting “map of risky behavior” is then matched with subject matter from the extensive J. J. Keller Training On Demand library of interactive driver training courses to remediate those unsafe behaviors, Bryan explained.

    “Identifying training opportunities, then deploying a training solution virtually in real time, is just another example of taking the power of data and turning it into actionable solutions,” said Bryan. “We are thrilled to be working with J. J. Keller on this innovative use of our technology.”

    “This partnership taps into our companies' core strengths — safety training for J. J. Keller and data mining for Vigillo — to improve driver safety,” Rustin Keller, executive vice president & COO of J. J. Keller noted in a statement. “And that's really what it's all about.”

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    Lytx Releases “Client-Centric” Improvements to DriveCam Safety Program

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    Lytx Chairman & CEO Brandon Nixon describes new enhancements to the DriveCam video-based telematics safety program. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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    LAS VEGAS. Lytx announced new enhancements to its DriveCam video-based telematics safety program that Chairman and CEO Brandon Nixon said “will streamline workflow, capture even more unsafe driving behaviors, and make fleet tracking easier for fleet managers on the go.”

    The announcement was made on Oct. 2 here at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition. Nixon noted that the company also recently unveiled its new “video-without-limits” Unisyn platform as well as ActiveVision service updates.

    "We have deep partnerships with our clients, and they're our best collaborators in the DriveCam program's evolution," said Nixon. "We are constantly looking for new ways to make their tough jobs easier, and to make the time they have with their drivers more effective."

    Nixon said that Lytx has developed and patented a new way for fleets to identify when their drivers go through a posted stop sign without coming to a complete stop. He said the new Rolling Stop trigger will initiate video capture for use by fleets in coaching the driver to help eliminate the behavior.

    Lytx has also developed a new Roll Stability trigger, which Nixon called “an innovative way for fleets to identify when their drivers are triggering their third-party roll-stability system, indicating that driving behavior, such as speed, and/or road conditions are inconsistent with the load the driver is hauling.” The triggered and captured video can be used by fleets in coaching drivers to help decrease the likelihood of rollover events.

    In addition, Lytx announced its new Mobile Fleet Tracking solution, which allows tracking and managing vehicles from any mobile device. Nixon said the solution, designed with an intuitive map interface, enables:

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