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March 22, 2018
Emerging and Future Fleet Data Technologies
<p><strong>Predictive analytics can help keep trucks on the road. Navistar has been piloting a new OnCommand Connection feature called Live Action Plans, which predicts when a part is going to fail before it does.</strong> <em>Photo: Navistar</em></p> Predictive analytics, blockchain, and other emerging technologies represent the future of data usage for trucking fleets.

ELD Mandate: Don’t Rest Easy If You’re Grandfathered with AOBRDs
<p><strong>Grandfather clause in the ELD rule excuses carriers and drivers from complying so long as they are already using automatic onboard recording devices. But it&rsquo;s only a temporary fix &mdash; the clause expires in less than two years.</strong></p> The roughly two-year grace period for grandfathered users of AOBRDs buys time, but it risks complicating things for trucking fleets in the future.


FMCSA Widens Stance on AOBRD Grandfather Clause
<p><em>Photo: J.J. Keller &amp; Associates</em></p> The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has slightly liberalized its stance on the use automatic on-board recording devices by some fleets that are using those devices under the terms of the AOBRD grandfather clause within the electronic logging device rule.

Scania Inks Historic Platooning Agreement
<p><strong>Scania cabover tractor-trailers conduct a platooning test on a track in Europe. </strong><em>Photo: Scania</em></p> European truck OEM Scania has inked what it calls a "landmark" agreement to begin testing platooning operations on Scandinavian highways.


Where Did the Hours of Service Rules Come From, Anyway?
<p><strong>HOS rules were created in 1930 and would remain fundamentally unchanged until 1995, when Congress directed the DOT to establish a new set rules incorporating the latest scientific understanding of human fatigue and alertness.&nbsp;</strong></p> How the hours of service rules for truck drivers ever became a safety regulation is a question that has vexed many in the industry.

Uber Freight Offers Discounts on Trucks, Fuel
<p><strong>The new Uber Freight Plus program offers discounts on items from fuel to new trucks.</strong> <em>Photo: Uber Freight</em></p> “Book a load, reap the benefits.” That’s what Uber Freight is promising drivers, owner-operators and small fleets who use the Uber Freight app, with discounts on everything from a new or used International truck to fuel and tires through its new Uber Freight Plus program.

Cloud-Based TMS Promises 'Friction-Free' Connections Between Broker, Shipper, Carrier
<p><strong>This carrier sourcing screen is one example of how the EKA Omni-TMS cloud platform offers intuitive, graphic-based tools to brokers, carriers, and shippers.</strong> <em>Screenshot courtesy EKA</em></p> Imagine an affordable, cloud-based software platform that would allow brokers, carriers, and shippers to easily assign and track loads, including back-end billing and financial functions. That’s the thinking behind the new EKA Omni-TMS cloud-based supply chain platform from EKA Solutions.

RoadPro Introduces Roadking Bluetooth Headsets
RoadPro has introduced a new line of Bluetooth headsets and mobile tech accessories from RoadKing, featuring noise canceling technology.

Got Questions
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