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  • Feature Mobile and IT

    VIRTUAL TECHNICIAN EARNS HIS KEEP

    October 1, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    Meanwhile, Detroit’s Virtual Technician, who goes by the name Cody, is probably due for a raise. Virtual Technician is Detroit’s remote diagnostics program, which monitors fault codes from the company’s Redford, Mich. tech…

  • Feature Sustainability

    DO TRAILER FAIRINGS REALLY SAVE FUEL?

    October 1, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    So maybe you’ve been wondering, do those thing-a-ma-jiggers that go along the side of the trailer, or underneath it, just ahead of the axles, really save any fuel? I’m referring, of course, to trailer side skirts and aerodynamic…

  • Feature Transportation

    A COOLER REFRIGERATION SYSTEM?

    October 1, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    I spent Monday morning with John Manousaridis, owner of Cornell Logistics Services, to find out about a refrigeration technology he has imported from Italy. John has eight trucks and most of them haul ice cream for Nestle, so you understand why…

  • Feature Transportation

    A SMARTER CAMERA?

    September 15, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    Another interesting product that caught my eye is SmartDrive’s dash-cam. It’s a two-camera system – one faces the road, the other the driver – but unlike other systems, it connects to the engine ECU via CAN bus. As CEO Steve Mitgang…

  • Feature Transportation

    BIGGEST BRAKE MISTAKES

    September 15, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    In recent conversations with brake experts from Bendix and Meritor, I posed the question: What’s the one thing you see in the field that drives you nuts? Both Chad Mitts of Meritor and Gary Ganaway at Bendix said the same thing: Too many…

  • Feature Sustainability

    NAVISTAR ADDS MID-RANGE CUMMINS ENGINES

    September 15, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    Navistar recently announced it’ll be offering the Cummins ISB mid-range engine in its International DuraStar medium-duty trucks. Bill Kozek, president of North America Truck and Parts with Navistar, emphasized the company is not exiting…

  • Feature Transportation

    BETTER BRAKES = BIGGER MAINTENANCE CONSIDERATIONS

    September 15, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    Getting back to brakes for a second. In my interview with Bendix’s Gary Ganaway, he made what I thought was a pretty decent point about the evolution of the braking system. Today’s heavy truck brakes are better than they’ve…

  • Feature Transportation

    A TRULY SPECIAL CONVOY

    September 15, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    A new record was set at this year’s Ontario leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. Forty-eight trucks set out from the Paris (Ontario, naturally) Fairgrounds Sept. 14, with their drivers having collectively…

  • Feature Transportation

    A FITTING TRIBUTE

    September 15, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    The truck convoy. There’s something magical about a long line of big rigs, crawling along single file, their drivers united in mind and in spirit as they commemorate an event or contribute to a cause. Some convoys are to celebrate, to…

  • Feature Transportation

    A MADE-IN-CANADA SCALE BYPASS SYSTEM

    June 1, 2013 12:00AM by Truck News

    I’ve come across a couple promising technologies that I’d like to address in this edition of Hooked Up. Among them is a scale bypass system that was developed in Canada, but isn’t yet deployed here. Drivewyze developed a…