HDT Top News
Week of May 1, 2017
Top 5 News
1. Mother Searches for Trucker who Tried to Save her Daughter
The tragic death of a young woman in Oklahoma has led a grieving mother to search for a truck driver who stopped to try and save her daughter.
2. Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Positive Signs for Trucking Remain
The U.S. economy grew at the weakest rate in three years during the first quarter of 2017, according to an advanced estimate by the Commerce Department, but economists remain optimistic about future performance.
3. FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session
A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.
4. Western Star Celebrates a Half Century on and off the Highway
Western Star, the truck OEM that President Kelley Platt likes to tout as "the last of the custom truck builders" has hit the half-century mark. It also unveiled a new, 25-ton, off-highway truck designed to work in construction, mining and quarry applications to reporters in Phoenix.
5. Earnings Watch: Saia Improves 7.7%, Universal Logistics Falls 43%
Mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia Inc. saw its profit move higher in the first quarter of the year while multi-trucking service provider Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. saw lower net income despite more revenue.
Top 5 Articles
1. Driving Volvo’s SuperTruck
What you can see of Volvo’s SuperTruck vehicle is pretty spectacular, though fairly plain at heart. It’s what you can’t see that stirs the imagination. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this first-person Test Drive.
2. In-Cab Cameras Are Out of Sight, Always in Mind
They began as simple event recorders, but today’s in-cab camera systems are integrating with other systems to add power, depth and an unprecedented understanding to fleets.
3. Downspeeding Comes of Age
The question of how downspeeding is helping fleets save on fuel – and what's in store for the future – was the topic at a recent session at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.
4. To Outset, or Not to Outset
Fleets spec’ing wide single tires need to decide upfront whether to trade the vehicle as is or to spec axles and wheels for a later conversion to duals.
5. The Big and Small of Last Mile Delivery
E-commerce is driving a last-mile delivery boom, with everyone from startup drone makers to big less-than-truckload operations getting in on the business. Part four of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.
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