Five truck trend takeaways from December
David Sickels Fleet Equipment Magazine 2020 01 13
We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from December focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
5. The industry is hitting the next mile marker on the road to predictive truck maintenance
One of the latest indications of maintenance recommendation innovation is Volvo Trucks’ recently-announced Dynamic Maintenance. By partnering with Noregon, the new service uses existing connected technologies and data analytics, namely Volvo ASIST, combined with Noregon’s TripVision vehicle health monitoring system, to enable customized service plans to an individual-vehicle level.
4. Realizing the importance of tire sidewalls
One of the three functions of a tire is to cushion the vehicle, and this function is primarily handled by the sidewall; however, this is counterintuitive to the idea of achieving the ever-expanding need for fuel savings. The more elasticity built into a tire, the more energy that is consumed as the tire goes through the process of deforming and returning to its original shape.
3. The present and future of electric axles
Axle manufacturers have been working on eAxle solutions for years, but in the time since these products came about, engineering innovation has only increased. FE decided to check in with the makers of electric axles to see where these axles are now, and where they are going.
2. Executive Interview: Hino stretches into new markets
The rollout of Hino’s new XL Series provided the platform for the extended cab and crew cab configurations for both the XL and L Series—which the company showed off in its booth at this year’s NACV show.
1. The 2019 Truck Equipment Trend of the Year
2019’s Fleet Equipment Trucking Trend of the Year is the new innovations and products being put forward by the trucking industry’s suppliers. Managing Editor Alex Crissey investigates how 2019 has shown us a glimpse into what the trucks of the future will look like.