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Research Links Personality Traits to Truck Driver Turnover

SOUTH BEND, IN - Preliminary results from a study show certain personality traits of truck drivers are predictive of turnover and safety performance. The research project with the University of Notre Dame began two years ago. It includes some carrier clients of the driver retention company Stay Metrics and 450 drivers from company fleets, which provided data for the study. Drivers completed an in-depth, online survey developed by professors Timothy Judge and Mike Crant from the Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame. The survey was used to assess their personality traits while carriers provided safety scores and turnover data on the drivers throughout the course of the study. Their full study is currently in the peer review process and is expected to be published in academic journals within 12 to 18 months. Meanwhile, Dr. Judge, who is Stay Metrics' director of research, has used the results from the study to create two predictive models that link key personality traits of drivers to turnover and safety, respectively, according to Stay Metrics. Each model uses a predictive index based on four personality traits that strongly correlate with turnover and safety.

New Report Questions Truck Engine Fuel Use Data

MONTREAL, QC -- Relying on the electronic data from a truck's engine computer may not be the most accurate gauge of fuel economy, according to a not-for profit engineering and research group for the North America trucking industry. The report from Performance Innovation Transport Group (PIT Group) details electronic control module (ECM) data precision and accuracy between engine manufacturers and among engine models from a single manufacturer. The study compares engine ECM data with actual test track fuel consumption and was conducted in the fall of 2014 on 14 different vehicles with engines from four manufacturers. The test track evaluations, which followed the Joint TMC/SAE Fuel Consumption Test Procedure Type II, compared fuel consumption data provided by the engine ECMs, a procedure that is generally regarded as an industry standard for testing.

Here Come the Trucking Robots

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN -- Robots might soon find their way into a very specialized, vocational side of the trucking industry, according to one truck manufacturer. "Imagine a robot that quietly and discreetly enters your neighborhood, collects your refuse bin and empties it into the refuse truck. It is done without waking the sleeping families and without heavy lifting for the refuse truck's driver," the Volvo Group said in a recent press release. It's about 'ROAR', a joint project aiming to develop tomorrow's smart transport systems. ROAR, stands for 'Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling', and the goal is to introduce a robot that, with instructions sent from a truck's operating system, can collect refuse bins in a neighborhood, bring them to the truck, and empty them. All of this happens under the supervision of the truck's driver.

Researchers Need Your Help to Tackle Truck Driving Vibration

WATERLOO, ON -- Now is your opportunity to take part in a research study that aims to address a serious problem truckers face everyday, vibration in trucks and the seats drivers use. A collaborative effort between researchers at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Waterloo, along with the MFL Occupational Centre and the Manitoba Trucking Association, is looking for both fleets and drivers that will allow them measure the vibration in trucks along different Manitoba roadways while comparing different types of seats. There is clear evidence that long-term seated exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) leads to low back pain and disability, according to Nicolette Carlan, project coordinator at the University of Waterloo.