Will Your Mirrors Be Replaced By Cameras?

PORTLAND, OR -- The parent company to truck makers Freightliner and Western Star has asked the U.S. federal government for permission to put newer technology in place of required equipment. In its petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) asked the agency to revise federal regulations so it can replace rear view mirrors with camera-monitor systems (CMS). The U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), number 111, requires rear view mirrors on each side of heavy-duty trucks. The reason, according to petition, "is necessary for manufacturers like DTNA to optimize vehicles for fuel efficiency." "DTNA strongly believes that CMS technology can achieve the same or better level of safety as outside rearview mirrors in providing the driver a view to the rear along both sides of the vehicle, but with enhanced environmental benefits, especially for large trucks," the company said in the petition.

Investment, Report Give Boost to Truck Platooning

ARLINGTON, VA and SOUTHFIELD, MI -- The concept of using wireless communication along roadways and in trucks to pair big rigs so they travel closely together has taken two steps forward. The vehicle technology supplier Denso International America Inc., along with Intel Capital, has entered into a US$16 million investment agreement with Peloton Technology, to help accelerate Peloton's development and deployment of platooning technology. The deal, which was finalized late last month, but just announced this week, aims to increase fuel economy and improve safety for the global trucking industry, according to Michigan-based Denso.

Boyd Bros.: A Customer Testimonial

When truckload carrier Boyd Bros. felt uncertain about how they were pricing certain lanes, they turned to TMW Systems for help. Pricing Manager Gary Jones believes that having access to Netwise and its Market Rate Index has not only allowed them to price their lanes with more certainty, it forced them to re-evaluate some of their long-held beliefs about who their good and bad customers are. Since implementing Netwise, they've also seen a 16% increase in revenue per mile!

Driver, Meet TABLET

TABLET is a powerful in-cab PC that runs all of our performance-enhancing applications and yours. TABLET is driver-friendly-personalized to driver preferences with a 7-inch touch screen, stylus and on-screen keyboard. And TABLET is fast, boosting communications speed with its 120 GB hard drive, 1.6 GHz CPU,1 GB RAM and Windows 7. But flexibility is what truly sets it apart. Drivers can take TABLET out of the cab to capture signatures, scan bar codes and take photos. Freedom meets productivity with the PeopleNet TABLET.