Driverless Trucks – When? How? Why?

The automotive and trucking industry has seen a boom in the development and testing of automated and autonomous technologies.

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By the Numbers (Part 2) UPDATED

Of course, the data only shows the numbers, not the reasons why. Much as I'd like to delve into this aspect, there's really a need for more methodical research in this area.

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Why Tire Temperature Matters

Checking your tire pressure? Temperature matters, too, so remember: Measuring psi when things are cool is the rule.

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The Dangers of Dual-Tire Pressure Imbalance

Everybody knows how important it is to keep your truck’s tires inflated to the right pressure: safety, stopping distance, fuel efficiency, operating costs, and tire life are all directly related to running on properly pressurized tires.

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The Vernacular of Autonomy – A Primer

Autonomous vehicles or automated vehicles?  Believe it or not, there is a difference.  And, for the most part, nearly everyone is using autonomous in the wrong way.

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Tips to Avoid CSA Violations

Keep your air system and brakes operating their best with these inspection and maintenance tips.

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By the Numbers (Part 1) – UPDATED with 2015 Numbers

Part one of this blog takes a look inside the numbers released in the FMCSA’s “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” report.

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Test Drive Your Technology

One of the neat things I get to do in my role at Bendix is manage the talented group that makes up our customer solutions demo team...

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What you need to know about friction temperature ratings.

Select the right friction—for performance, service life and safety—by understanding heat transfer in braking

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Everyday DIY: Taking Care of the Air

You like saving money, right? Well did you know that a properly maintained air treatment system can help save thousands of dollars in costly service and vehicle downtime?

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Designing Disc Brakes for Trailers

How Bendix built on the industry leading ADB22X to design an air disc brake specifically for trailers...

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Everyday DIY: Wheel-End Maintenance

Here are some simple steps vehicle owners can take to maximize uptime...

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Equipping Your Wheel-Ends Against Rust Jacking

Rust jacking affects two key drum brake components – shoes and friction – so both should be optimized to resist it...

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Foundations for the Future – Available Today

Just as ABS is the foundation for a lot of great braking system improvements, such as stability control, DAS technologies are the building blocks for the next generation – the future...

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A common definition of remanufacturing – What it means

As interest in remanufacturing continues to grow, there’s also an increased focus on establishing a common definition of just what “reman” means...

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Replacement Parts: Knowledge is Power

Back in the day, when you bought replacement parts for commercial vehicles, you had two, maybe three choices – and they were pretty well understood...

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Air System Care: Discussing Desiccants

Regardless of the season, water in your truck’s air brake system is never good – but water in the winter creates unique challenges, as cold temperatures create the possibility for freeze-ups and unexpected downtime.

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Why truckers are still needed

Why are drivers going to be around for longer than the technologically roaring 2020s? A few reasons come to mind...

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Why the Future Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Today, there’s a lot of talk about automated/autonomous vehicle technologies and, if you were to believe the pundits (and those beholden to venture capitalists), we’ll be riding around in driverless cars and trucks within the next 5-10 years...

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Thoughts on Future Autonomy – A Starting Point?

Like many of you, I’ve been thinking a lot about autonomous trucks, cars, and some of the implications of these rapidly advancing technologies for our industry.

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Reman vs. Rebuild – What They Mean and Why It Matters

Although the terms “remanufacturing” and “rebuilding” seem similar, they differ greatly when we’re talking about vehicle parts.

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Maintaining Driver Assistance Systems: Why Covering the Basics Takes Care of the Advanced Technologies

How do you maintain an advanced driver assistance system on a tractor or truck?

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Advancing the 4-Is to the 5-Is

The 4-Is of active safety and future autonomy--information, intelligence, intervention and insight will help systems advance from active safety technologies through driver assistance systems to truly driverless systems...

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Check Your Spec

Why check your spec?  Simple.  Because you may not be getting what you think you’re getting...

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The good mandate—ESC (Electronic Stability Control)

In 2014, over 15,000 heavy vehicles were involved in rollover and jackknife crashes.  That’s an average of 41 heavy trucks and busses rolling over or jackknifing every day. ESC will help reduce...

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Automated, Autonomous, Platooning – Oh My! The AV Q & A.

Who is leading the way in automation developments?  What do you foresee as the primary first use for any autonomous truck ...

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Driver Assistance is NOT Driver Replacement

More and more driver “assistance” systems are being sold – or at least interpreted – as driver “replacement” systems. This post discusses why it’s important for the driver to...

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Why Five?

In the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy the NHTSA has defined 5 levels of automation, In case you were wondering about those 5 levels...

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Getting to Safe Autonomous Vehicle Applications – NHTSAs “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy”

This blog takes a look at the “guidelines” released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

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Not the Only Luddite in the Room

Autonomous, or driverless, vehicles are a long ways away. And more than just one person thinks so.

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How We Got to Where We Are…

Driver assistance systems, they didn’t just appear overnight, right? This post discusses how antilock braking systems – or ABS – started us on the path to where we are today.

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