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Uber and OttoAccording to recent claims Uber has begun its venture into the trucking world. Take our poll on this this story. Let us know how you feel autonomous big rigs will impact the industry.

You can also see our earlier story on Uber-like trucking companies and the headway they have made.

The ride-hailing network’s acquisition of Otto is the most recent indication of Uber’s ambitions for autonomous vehicles that cater to both consumers and businesses.

See the official story below.

Tales of Truck Salesmen (Q&A)

Discover the dedicated movers and shakers that push our success
Charlie RatcliffUnderstanding The Knowledge Behind the Salesman

Charlie Ratcliff began his career in truck sales 16 years ago. It was a time he fondly refers to as The Good Ole Days, when trucking was trucking.
 
“Back then we didn’t think the trucks would go past $200 K,” says Ratcliff.
 
He leans back in his chair, with heavy consideration on the differences between then and now. There’s a level of intense wisdom radiating from him stare not easily dismissed.
 

Towing With A Tesla

Towing a Boat Tesla Style

TeslaHow do you get a boat out of your drive way without calling a tow man? Drive a Tesla apparently – Towing with a Tesla. The new Model X has a gross weight of 6,000 lbs, goes 0-60 in 3.2 seconds with a P90D modification. Tesla recommends this car to those in the market for an SUV with a need to tow. The model features a smooth interior with comfort designated seating and built in technology and medical grade HEPA filters for added safety.

Log ScreenSome of the biggest trucking stories and most impactful changes in the auto transport industry took off in 2015.  From electronic logging mandates to self-driving trucks, scandals and more… It’s customary to round up the events and take a look back as we spring forward into the new year; enjoy these top picks. Let’s get our gears set for greatness in 2016!

Truck Tank Winners Create Driver Retention App

Workhound App Aims to Lower 97% Turnover Rate

 

Truck DriversDriver retention is on the forefront of every company’s agenda these days, especially with a 97% annual turnover rate. Often drivers’ complaints of feeling like just a number and working conditions go unheard.

Uber-like Companies Set to Transform Trucking

Mobile Brokerage Will Haul in Billions

Volvo ATA TruckUber-like mobile transport apps are getting bigger – literally! The San Francisco based transportation company has inspired many copycats with its peer-to-peer taxi like platform that connects local riders to drivers, and now has some companies shelling out millions to be coined Uber-for-trucking.

GPSCMVSYou’ve seen the videos and pictures on the web. You know it happens – just not to you. And this is exactly how it starts.   Every day we see a video of a truck carrying a large load hitting a bridge, underpass or some other object of civil engineering. In fact, over 60 percent of states say that over-height accidents are considered a significant problem. The problem is so bad in the empire state that New York is installing “Over-Height Vehicle Detection Systems” to alleviate it. (You have to wait for troopers to guide you to another route if you’re over height, and that can’t be an enjoyable process.)   So, how do these strikes happen so frequently when we all know to measure twice and plan the route accordingly? It’s all about safety culture and technology. Just like
Supreme CourtSupreme Court Decision Now Protects Your Phone Information

We are a mobile society, and always have been. Moving about seems to be tied to our curiosity as a species. Moreover, when you travel as much as some of our readers, you’re probably going to want to take as much of your information with you as possible. It’s not only convenient, it now seems absolutely necessary. Previous to the Supreme Court’s decision, this might have posed a problem – if you’re a privacy advocate. With technology making huge amounts of information available, both the world’s and yours, privacy has become a sticking point for numerous organizations. Warrantless searches of phones had been quite common. The contents could be downloaded by a device in an officer’s car in a matter of moments – includi [...]

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Navistar Says SCR Systems Can Be Defeated
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Navistar Inc. recently attacked competitors’ 2010 selective catalytic control engines on two fronts, telling environmental regulators that pollution controls on the engines could be easily defeated, and telling fleet managers that every gallon of diesel fuel an SCR engine saves will come at the cost of at least that much diesel exhaust fluid consumed.

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