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    WHAT WOMEN DEAL WITH

    July 21, 2014 by James Menzies

    There’s a really good article on Trucknews.com now from Motortruck Fleet Executive editor Carolyn Gruske. It’s called A Woman’s Job and looks at the types of issues women in the trucking industry deal with on a regular basis. It’s not

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    ZF WITH A TRUCK THAT CAN BE PARKED BY TABLET. AND A NEW TRANSMISSION.

    July 21, 2014 by James Menzies

    James here. There’s one thing I can’t neglect to write about in this week’s Hooked Up, and that is ZF’s recent demonstration of technological capabilities. The company hosted about 150 truck writers at a track near Aachen Germany earlier this

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    PASSING THE PEN TO PENNER

    July 21, 2014 by James Menzies

    Well, this is a first. Since I launched Hooked Up five years ago, I’ve never turned over the reins to a guest contributor, no strings attached. But that’s exactly what I’m doing this time out. I’m passing the pen to

  • PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS VS. FAST FOOD EMPLOYEES

    July 21, 2014 by Rob Penner

    There’s been a lot in the news regarding temporary foreign worker programs and the government’s tightening of the rules in an attempt to stem the flow of foreign workers entering the country. I don’t want to get into a debate

  • 6x2s SHOULDN’T BE ILLEGAL. BUT SINCE THEY ARE, WE SHOULDN’T RUN THEM.

    July 21, 2014 by Rob Penner

    And it’s a double-edged sword. Canadian regulatory policy is putting Canadian truckers at a distinct disadvantage with our American counterparts on all cross-border business and worse yet, American trucks spec’d with 6x2s and extended boat tails are operating within our

  • EXPOSING A GOVERNMENT COP-OUT

    July 21, 2014 by Rob Penner

    Sticking with the theme of fuel economy, nothing has been more frustrating than dealing with our governments and enforcement agencies on the above matters. We have taken up these issues many times over and are always met with the same

  • FUEL-SAVING TECHNOLOGIES WE’D LOVE TO USE IF ONLY WE WERE ALLOWED

    July 21, 2014 by Rob Penner

    When will Canada and the provinces put their words into actions. We say we are serious about the environment, yet there is tried and true technology that we as responsible business people cannot legally deploy in our fleet. There are

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    WHY DO SUCH TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED TRUCKS LACK THESE BASIC OPTIONS?

    July 21, 2014 by Rob Penner

    Have you ever stopped to think about the technology on-board today’s tractors, both from an OEM and an aftermarket perspective? The additional technology to promote fleet and driver safety is incredible. Roll stability, collision avoidance technology, on-board cameras (both forward

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    A CAUSE THAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME

    July 21, 2014 by Rob Penner

    Wreaths Across Canada (WAC) is a non-profit organization that specifically honours veterans buried in Canada. Not all of them died in battle, although many served in combat and peacekeeping missions, and during the Cold War. Some gave their lives or were

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    AUTONOMOUS-DRIVING TRUCKS HAVE ARRIVED

    July 7, 2014 by James Menzies

    I’m writing today from Berlin, where I’ve spent the last few days exploring, writing and yes, I’ll admit, doing a little bit of relaxing. I arrived here Monday June 30 to take in a technology demonstration from Daimler, which turned

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    BUNDLING EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES AND THEN SOME

    July 7, 2014 by James Menzies

    You’ll already be familiar with some of the technologies that make up the Highway Pilot, such as commercially available systems that monitor following distances, apply the brakes when required and promote lane-keeping. Then there are other systems that round out

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    LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK REQUIRED

    July 7, 2014 by James Menzies

    Daimler contended during the event that it could begin commercial production of its autonomous trucks nearly immediately, but there first must be a legislative framework put into place to allow for their use. This has already begun, with the Vienna

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    WHY DO WE NEED SELF-DRIVING TRUCKS?

    July 7, 2014 by James Menzies

    As with any radical new technology, there’s going to be a lot of skepticism. Daimler emphasized its autonomous trucks are not intended to replace drivers. They went so far as to claim a driver will always be required, though I

  • THE ADVANTAGES OF ‘MANAGEMENT BY WALKING AROUND’

    July 7, 2014 by James Menzies

    I heard a term at the Technology & Maintenance Council meetings several years cited by truck maintenance guru Darry Stuart, which really stuck with me. He was promoting the MBWA: Management by Walking Around. Fleet maintenance managers shouldn’t be holed

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    ONTARIO DRIVER NAMED TCA HIGHWAY ANGEL

    July 7, 2014 by James Menzies

    Gary de Vos, a driver with Bison Transport from Trenton, Ont., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association. What did he do to earn such a distinction? Early one April morning, Gary was travelling Hwy. 1