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The Trucker Newspaper - April 15, 2018

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• Expanding Our Reefer Fleet • Work for the shipper • Priority Loads from Cargill Plants • 100% Owner-Operator Fleet • Sign-on Bonus • Settlements Processed Twice Weekly • Year round Freight available • Fleet Owners Welcome New Mid-West Regional Opportunities! • Looking for Owner Operators with 2 years OTR experience • We Have Fleet Owners Looking for drivers • Base Plate Program available Sign On TOday 34 • April 15-30, 2018 Technology b Stability from page 33 b Full-stability systems, also called ESC (Electronic Stability Control) technology, include more sensors than stand-alone antilock braking systems (ABS) or roll-only technology, known as roll stability control (RSC). This enables the system to address both roll and directional stability, more quickly recognizing factors that could lead to vehicle rollovers or loss of control. Full-stability systems can also utilize automatic brake interventions involving the steer, drive, and trailer axles — where roll-only systems typically apply the brakes on only the drive and trailer axles. Bendix’s flagship integrated collision mitigation technology, Bendix Wingman Fusion, as well as Bendix Wingman Advanced, a collision mitigation technology, both rely on the underlying technology of Bendix ESP, so increased adoption of these systems has also boosted full-stability delivery, Bendix spokesmen said. “The strategy of the full-stability system provides the fundamental approach to the automated and autonomous vehicle braking capabilities of these advanced driver assistance systems,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, controls. “Because it’s connected to all tractor and trailer axles, the system can, by varying the pressure at each wheel-end, help reduce the impact of the forces that can lead to rollovers and loss-ofcontrol situations, plus optimize the performance of collision mitigation technologies.” A Bendix news release said the company emphasizes that technologies such as Bendix ESP and Wingman collision mitigation systems are designed to assist drivers, not replace them. b Bypass from page 33 b mine how much Drivewyze can potentially save before activating the subscription-based service. “Drivewyze has been a longtime, strategic partner of PeopleNet’s since 2013,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze. “We have supported their architecture evolution at every step of the way, and are excited about Drivewyze support for the powerful new People- Net Android platform. We are proud to have been “Professional drivers maintain responsibility for the safe operation of any vehicle; and proactive, ongoing driver training and support of safe, alert drivers practicing safe driving habits are the most important factors in commercial vehicle and highway safety.” As of last August 1, full stability is mandatory on new Class 7 and Class 8 6x4 tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 26,000 pounds, a majority of today’s tractors. If the regulation and scheduled dates remain unchanged, phase two will take effect June 24, impacting Class 8 buses; and phase three, encompassing most remaining Class 7 and 8 highway tractor and motorcoach applications, will go into effect on August 1, 2019. Bendix ESP complies fully with the new requirements and is offered as standard equipment on Class 8 trucks at most major North American truck manufacturers. The system is available for more than 80 percent of all medium-duty chassis configurations at Paccar and Navistar. For more information about Bendix stability systems and other technologies, call Bendix at (800) AIR-BRAKE or visit The Bendix multimedia center at provides additional technical material through blog posts, videos, podcasts, and the Bendix Tech Tips series archive. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. Contact 800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit 8 in lockstep with PeopleNet’s product direction over the years, so that our customers can always count on being able to use Drivewyze, even as their own needs change.” Drivewyze Inc. serves commercial drivers and fleets with innovative trucking services such as the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service, and the Drivewyze Analytics Weigh Station Loss Reporting service. PeopleNet’s network communications, mobility and analytics products are used by more than 2,000 truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets throughout North America. 8 b FMCSA from page 33 b ments on its financial responsibility requirements, not only because they’re not directly related to CMV technologies but because “insurance requirements will depend in part on the evolution of state tort law with respect to liability for the operation of ADS-equipped vehicles.” In other words, they’ll cross that bridge when they come to it because it’s impossible to predict what will happen. FMCSA understandably wants to gather all the information it can including data from OEMs and companies that are designing and testing this technology for commercial vehicles. Specifically, FMCSA wants information about the scenarios and environments where and when participants expect to be testing these CMVs and the carriers that may be adding them to their fleets. They also want to know the operational design domains in which these systems are being operated or would be tested and eventually deployed, the FMCSA notice stated. Comments must be received on or before May 10 and must be identified by Docket Number FMCSA-2018-0037 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001. • Delivery or courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Or, call • Fax: 1-202-493-2251. 8

Volvo transitions from production of legacy 670 to full production of VNL 760 Equipment April 15-30, 2018 • 35 Courtesy: MACK TRUCKS Mack Trucks shared additional details about Mack Connect, a suite of tools designed to help customers and drivers manage productivity and profitability during the recent 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. THE TRUCKER STAFF GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks has completed its transition from production of the legacy VNL 670 model to full production of the new VNL 760. Defined by efficiency, productivity, safety, and uptime innovations for today’s longhaul operations, the VNL 760 features an all-new 70-inch sleeper, said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Transitioning from the legacy VNL 670 into full production of the innovative new VNL 760 signifies the latest milestone on our long journey to deliver the safest, most comfortable and most efficient long-haul trucks on the market,” Nyberg said. “Exceptional design, efficiency and productivity-boosting interior features make the VNL 760 a fitting successor to the VNL 670, which has been a mainstay in our onhighway lineup since its 2002 introduction and our highest production volume model for North American fleets.” Designers of the new Volvo VNL 760 combined elements of Volvo’s design language with new performance features to appeal to today’s long-haul customers, Nyberg said, adding that swept-back headlights include signature Volvo daytime running lights and frame a new Volvo grille and hood. Redesigned and repositioned engine air intakes allow for less turbulent intake air delivery. Airflow up and around the cab has also been optimized with new chassis and roof fairings. The VNL 760’s “sleek new design” better controls airflow around the truck and its trailer, resulting in improved fuel efficiency. When combined with the efficiency benefits derived from the Volvo D13 Turbo Compound (D13 TC) engine, the new VNL can help drivers achieve up to a 7.5 percent increase in fuel efficiency when compared to a 2015 VNL model equipped with a GHG 2014 D13 engine, Nyberg said. The new VNL 760 comes standard with the 13-liter Volvo D13 engine and Volvo I- Shift 12-speed automated manual transmission. An available option, the D13 TC engine utilizes a mechanical waste heat recovery system to capture wasted energy from the engine’s exhaust. The result is an additional 50 horsepower fed back to the crankshaft and an improvement in fuel efficiency of up to 6.5 percent. The 15-liter Cummins X15 is also available for the VNL 760. Productivity is directly affected by driver comfort, which is why the new Volvo VNL 760 features an all-new dashboard which puts often-used controls within the driver’s reach, Nyberg said. Centered in the gauge cluster is a fiveinch color driver information display that provides detailed trip and diagnostic data. The driver information display is customizable, ensuring that critical information is always available to the driver at a quick glance. Like all models in the new VNL series, the Volvo VNL 760 is equipped with Volvo’s smart steering wheel, putting controls for nearly all of the driver interface functions at a driver’s fingertips. The smart steering wheel is attached to Volvo’s Perfect Position air-assisted, adjustable steering column, which enables drivers not only to tilt and telescope the steering column, but also tilt the steering wheel relative to THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mack Trucks has shared additional details about Mack Connect, a suite of tools designed to help customers and drivers manage productivity and profitability. Mack made the comments during the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. “Productivity translates to profitability, and our customers are always seeking the next advantage to gain an edge,” said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America. “With Mack Connect, we’re providing the tools required for our customers and their customers to be successful in today’s competitive trucking industry.” Randall said Mack Connect integrates intelligent software, predictive analytics and driver assist technologies into three pillars to Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA Volvo Trucks recently completed full transition of production from the legacy VNL 670 model to the new VNL 760. VNL 670s for Southeastern Freight Lines, left, were among the final legacy models produced. VNL 760 models destined for Volvo Trucks dealer S&S Volvo in Lima, Ohio, right, were the first off the assembly line following completion of the transition. boost productivity: connected support, connected business and connected driving. Mack Connect comes standard on all Mack models, including Mack’s newest highway model, the Mack Anthem. No aspect of productivity is more important than the driver, and Mack Connect offers several features to improve safety, efficiency and comfort, Randall said. “Bendix Wingman Fusion, a camera- and radar-based driver assistance solution, is available as part of Mack Connect and is standard on Mack Anthem models,” he said. “Fusion provides collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, assisting drivers in staying safe on the highway. New information and entertainment options, including Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and Apple Car Play integration, allow drivers to focus on the road ahead. Drivers can the steering column. This lets drivers find the perfect steering wheel position for optimal comfort and easily view the instrument cluster. A wide variety of seating options are available on the new VNL 760. An increase in seat travel fore and aft, as well as up and down, improves driving ergonomics. Premium features like seat heating and ventilation are also available. The VNL 760’s all-new 70-inch sleeper features curved cabinets that open toward the back to maximize space, as well as an integrated, reclining bunk, which is a trucking industry first in North America. LED interior lighting reduces power consumption and provides softer lighting. A redesigned sleeper control panel allows drivers to control heating and cooling, and adjust the audio system from a more ergonomic position on the bunk. In addition, drivers can lock the doors or activate a panic alarm if needed. Volvo Active Driver Assist (featuring Bendix Fusion), is standard on all Volvo VNL models. The camera and radar-based system combine forward collision mitigation warnings and active braking, even with stationary vehicles. The system features an industry-first heads up windshield display See Volvo on p36 m Mack Connect shares suite of tools for productivity, profitability also download additional applications, such as navigation, to help ease the demands of the open road. Mack Predictive Cruise, an intelligent cruise control system, is also part of Mack Connect and is available on Mack mDRIVEequipped models to help improve fuel efficiency by up to 1 percent. When cruise control is activated, Mack Predictive Cruise learns the topography of the route, storing up to 4,500 hills in its memory, along with information about engine load, weight, speed and the road gradient. The next time the driver travels the route, Mack Predictive Cruise engages the Mack mDRIVE to employ an optimized shift strategy and choose the most fuel-efficient gear, Mack spokesmen said. With unplanned downtime events estimated to cost heavy-duty trucking customers more See Mack on p36 m