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    Mountain Driving: The art and science of mountaineering

    This story stems from a horrific truck crash that occurred on Interstate 70 near Denver, Colo. in late April 2019. An apparently out-of-control truck careened down an 8-km stretch of steep highway at 135 km/h before slamming into a line of stopped traffic. Four people died in the ensuing inferno. A dozen others were seriously injured. The speed limit for trucks on that hill is posted at 70 km/h, yet witnesses have video showing the truck scorching past a runaway-truck ramp at well over 100 km/h. Most newly minted truck drivers have yet to see the mountains. (Photo: istock) Published reports indicate the driver, 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos of Texas,…

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    Andy Transport hires new VP

    Andy Transport has named Franck Marvel Ngandui its vice-president, legal and corporate development. Franck Marvel Ngandui (Photo: Andy Transport) Ngandui has nearly 10 years of experience as a corporate and commercial legal advisor. He comes from Robic LLP, where he advised tech companies in several areas including M&A, private financings, complex licensing arrangements and other commercial transactions, Andy announced. “I am very pleased that Franck will join us. We appreciate the strong analytical mindset that Franck has already demonstrated during his previous roles with Andy,” said Ilie Crisan, president of Andy Transport. “I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and I look forward to joining Andy Transport’s incredible…

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    Mountain Driving 101: Video series guides truck drivers in the mountains

    Drivers exposed to long mountain grades for the first time face a dilemma. They may not be aware of the physical limitations of their equipment to keep them at a safe speed during the descent. They probably won’t be aware of the profile of the grade, or where the steeper sections are, so they won’t be able to determine a safe speed for the descent. (Photo: Volvo Trucks North America) They may also be led down a dangerous path by observing the speed of other trucks on the hill. Those trucks may be empty or loaded lightly compared to their own truck. If they follow the guidance found in many…

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    DTNA using augmented reality to collaborate with technicians

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has successfully piloted Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality technology as a way to collaborate with dealers and customers. “The global pandemic has had an impact on every facet of the industry, causing businesses across all sectors to re-evaluate how they interact with their customers,” said Lutz Beck, chief information officer at DTNA. “One of the key questions that DTNA asked itself last year is how can we transform the future of service with technology to better collaborate with our dealer partners and customers. We believe that HoloLens is one of the ways in which we answer this question.” The technologies were used to allow service technicians…

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    Two Canadians on Kenworth Service Council

    Ryan Dicken of GreatWest Kenworth in Calgary, Alta., and Nicolas Letendre of Kenworth Maska in Sherbrooke, Que., have been named to Kenworth’s 2021 Service Council. (Kenworth) They are joined on the council, which will be led by chairman Jeff Minter of Wisconsin Kenworth, by representatives from Kenworth dealers in the U.S. The council works in partnership with Kenworth to support customers throughout the Kenworth dealer network in the U.S. and Canada.  Software transportes 3000

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    Meritor preparing to roll out electric powertrain

    Meritor has announced it will commercially launch its electric powertrain later this year. Based on the 14X, the electric powertrain will initially be sold to Lion Electric, Autocar and European electric truck startup Volta Trucks. The 14Xe is part of Meritor’s Blue Horizon electrification platform. “The 14Xe ePowertrain has been tested in various conditions around the world with several OEMs, vehicle types and applications, so we can offer the industry a proven electric powertrain technology,” said T.J. Reed, vice-president of global electrification for Meritor. “In January 2020, we announced our agreement with Paccar to be its non-exclusive supplier of electric powertrains. One year later, we are nearing production and preparing…

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    Kummer to lead CVSA crash initiative

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is in the midst of developing a uniform standard for conducting commercial motor vehicle crash investigations – and Terry Kummer will be at the helm of the project. The director of crash data and investigation standards, who joined CVSA on Jan. 11, will also develop training material to support crash investigations and reconstructions. He’ll be responsible for managing crash data collection processes and system, and evaluating the statistics and data quality to identify and implement related strategies. (Photo: CVSA) Kummer has about 30 years of law enforcement experience with the Kansas Highway Patrol, where he helped develop its crash reconstruction team and served as…

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    Scientist Show & Tell

    The National Academies of Sciences LabX program has launched a new weekly social media feature called Scientist Show & Tell.  Scientist Show & Tell is all about scientists sharing the most interesting, strange, and/or meaningful (non-science) objects they own. Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences, who shared an amazing World War II family heirloom. Check out the Instagram post that tells the story of the Liberty silver dollar that stopped a Nazi bullet from killing Dr. McNutt’s father. Share your interesting, strange, or meaningful objects with LabX to be featured online. This Summary Last Modified On: 1/27/2021 Software transportes 3000

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    2021 Innovations in Freight Data – accepting abstracts through February 22

    Convened by TRB, Innovations in Freight Data will be held September 21-23, 2021 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. The workshop will bring together freight data users and decision makers to learn and share the latest applications of traditional and emerging freight data sources, development of value-added features, integration of data sets, and other innovations. Submit an abstract by February 22, 2021. This Summary Last Modified On: 2/3/2021 Software transportes 3000

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    Triage programs, organized tasks keep trucks rolling through the bays

    Time is money in every shop, and that means taking every possible step to enhance efficiencies. Understanding the repairs to be completed, and even having the right tools on hand, are only part of the process. Today, the goal is to strip away every possible delay, and pay attention to the details that will ultimately ensure quicker repairs. The increasing use of “triage technicians” to quickly diagnose problems offers an example of that. By sorting trucks based on the severity of the problem, shops are able to prioritize work, and put vehicles needing only minor repairs back on the road more quickly. Sheehan’s Truck Centre of Burlington, Ont., a member…