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Navistar recalling certain 2018-2019 models for transmission issue

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WASHINGTON — Navistar is recalling certain almost 21,000 2019 International HV, MV, 2018-2019 HX, LT, RH, LoneStar, ProStar, WorkStar, and 2018 TranStar automated manual transmission vehicles, equipped with certain Eaton ECA heavy-duty truck clutches, according to a notice from the Newsal Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

An internal component in the clutch assembly may fail, possibly resulting in unintended vehicle movement, the NHTSA notice said.

Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the Transmission Control Module (TCM), free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin January 18, 2019.

Owners may contact Navistar customer service at 800-448-7825. Navistar’s number for this recall is 18518. NHTSA’s campaign number is 18V826000.

Owners may also contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov.

The following models are included in the recall:

  • International HV 2019
  • International HX 2018-2019
  • International LoneStar 2018-2019
  • International LT 2018-2019
  • International MV 2019
  • International ProStar 2018-2019
  • International RH 2018-2019
  • International TranStar 2018
  • International WorkStar 2018-2019

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WABCO introduces Active Lateral Safety technology suite

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Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas, said the company is pioneering the creation of Active Lateral Safety as it did with forward safety when it introduced its OnGuard ADAS system. (Courtesy: WABCO)

ATLANTA — WABCO Holdings Inc., a global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies designed to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, Monday introduced an integrated Active Lateral Safety technology suite to help fleets reduce accidents and increase driver control and comfort in a full range of operating environments.

The new suite, which will be available later this year, integrates the company’s active steering technology with two Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to establish a comprehensive cocoon of safety around the vehicle.

The announcement came during the American Trucking Associations Technology and Maintenance Council meeting here.

“By combining these technologies into an integrated safety package, we have extended the benefits of active steering to two of the most common critical events leading to accidents — drifting out of the desired travel lane and failing to detect a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot,” said Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas. “We are pioneering the creation of Active Lateral Safety as we did with forward safety when we introduced our OnGuard ADAS system.  Together, these solutions enhance vehicle intelligence and protection to support the overall success and safety of on-highway fleets.”

The new Active Lateral Safety suite consists of three proven, integrated safety solutions from WABCO:

  • Active steering system featuring a Sheppard hydraulic power steering gear equipped with magnetic torque overlay technology
  • OnLaneASSIST active lane keeping assist system
  • OnSideASSIST blind spot assist system

Morrison said WABCO’s active steering technology utilizes a magnetic torque overlay to enable several new, smart features that help maximize safety, increase uptime and improve driver comfort and acceptance:

  • Road crown compensation
  • Wheel imbalance rejection
  • Return-to-center
  • Adjustable steering feel
  • Side wind compensation
  • Active steering damping
  • Speed-dependent steering effort

WABCO OnLaneASSIST combines active steering with a forward-looking camera for active lane correction. Rather than simply warning of vehicle drift, the system applies assistive torque to the steering wheel, when necessary, to help the driver stay in the lane. Once the vehicle is again targeting the lane center, the overlay torque is released. Drivers can override the assistive steering input at any time.

Fleets also can choose to add optional video capture to the OnLaneASSIST system for increased insight to driving performance. This capability is available through the OnLane camera and affiliated SmartDrive program.

WABCO OnSideASSIST provides a 160-degree range of lateral radar coverage as well as rearward reach of up to 33 feet to help drivers avoid collisions both in overtaking and lane change maneuvers, regardless of visibility conditions. It has been estimated that blind spot detection systems can prevent or mitigate up to 50 percent of driver vision-related crashes. As an added safety feature, OnSideASSIST is designed to detect the presence of another vehicle in an adjacent lane and provide a bit of resistance to the steering wheel to alert the driver when changing lanes.

“WABCO is dedicated to helping fleets improve safety, uptime, on-time performance and driver retention through the mobilization of advanced vehicle intelligence. This exclusive new suite of technologies is engineered to meet the current requirements of today’s on-highway vehicles while also serving as a bridge to the autonomous, connected and electric vehicles of the future,” Morrison said.

 

 

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Trimble expands connectivity capabilities through new module

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With TMT ServiceConnect, fleet operations managers are able to see the status of all equipment being worked on across service locations within the new module. (Courtesy: Trimble)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Trimble Monday introduced its new TMT ServiceConnect module, enabling fleet shops using Trimble’s TMT Fleet Maintenance (TMT) software to be connected to more than 4,500 medium- and heavy-duty service locations, including many original equipment manufacturers dealers throughout North America.

By licensing the add-on module, TMT users will gain direct connectivity to thousands of service centers to ultimately get equipment back on the road faster, according to Scott Vanselous, general manager, asset management software (AMS) for Trimble Transportation Enterprise.

The TMT ServiceConnect module, powered by Decisiv Service Relationship Management technology, extends Trimble’s first commercially available paperless shop solution — the Interactive Workstation (IWS )— beyond the walls of a fleet’s shop to a connected network of shops.

Vanselous said this results in reduced duplication of data entry, fewer data entry errors and more accurate and complete information across the entire lifecycle of a fleet’s equipment. The new module provides more seamless collaboration between fleets and heavy-duty repair shops to: schedule repair and maintenance activities; track service status; record service, parts replaced and labor; and create invoices for the service performed.

With TMT ServiceConnect, fleet operations managers are able to see the status of all equipment being worked on across service locations within the new module. TMT ServiceConnect also enables fleet maintenance shops to communicate directly with all service providers across their networks to schedule and approve repair work to be completed.

“Over the last two years, we have been laser focused to deliver innovation for fleets to improve equipment utilization,” Vanselous said. “The combination of the new TMT ServiceConnect module and our fault code prediction capabilities provide fleet operations managers the ability to make more informed and faster service and repair decisions to minimize or even eliminate potential downtime.”

“With TMT ServiceConnect, fleet users of TMT software from Trimble will drive asset utilization and performance through better communication and collaboration during service events,” said Dick Hyatt, president and CEO of Decisiv. “Through a more seamless connection to a network of service providers and a shared understanding of the repair status of every asset in every location, the new module brings added value to Trimble customers and expands our growing service ecosystem.”

The optional TMT ServiceConnect module is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2019 from Trimble as an add-on to the TMT Fleet Maintenance software.

For additional information regarding the TMT ServiceConnect module and other TMT solutions, contact a Trimble sales representative, visit .

 

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Report finds costs of truck repairs increasing

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During the fourth quarter of 2018 the average participating truckload carrier ran 10,663 miles between breakdowns, 3 percent less than the same quarter previous year. (Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS)

ATLANTA — The average cost of mechanical repairs in the trucking industry increased for the second straight quarter, while miles between unscheduled roadside maintenance remained unchanged, according to the latest benchmarking report from American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America, an ArcBest company.

The Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study, released Sunday during TMC’s annual meeting, covers events during the final quarter of 2018.

Among the report’s other findings was one fleet was able to set a new industry best for miles between unscheduled maintenance.

“This is a clear indication that fleets can reduce their roadside repairs, driving down costs and improving customer service,” said Jim Buell, executive vice president of sales and marketing for FleetNet America. “If one fleet can run 75,000 miles between breakdowns, why can’t all fleets in the industry? It’s a matter of using data to direct where you have the best opportunities to improve.”

During the fourth quarter the average participating truckload carrier ran 10,663 miles between breakdowns, 3 percent less than the same quarter previous year. The top performing participating fleet operated with one breakdown every 75,528 miles.

The average cost of a roadside mechanical repair increased to $334 in the fourth quarter, up from $317 in the third quarter and $299 in the second quarter.

“TMC is dedicated to helping members run better, more profitable maintenance operations. When costs are increasing our members need to find ways to control those costs and peer-to-peer benchmarking can help them do just that,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell.

The Vertical Benchmarking Program is a benefit for TMC fleet members and a partnership with FleetNet America. In addition to the executive summary, which is available to TMC fleet members, carriers that participate by sharing their data are provided an analytic tool that allows them to drill into their data, comparing it to the industry average.

The program is a strategic collaboration between TMC/ATA and FleetNet America and is open to TMC fleet executive level members and FleetNet America customers. The analytics provided via the program will be cumulative and non-fleet specific.

For information about the TMC/FleetNet Vertical Benchmarking Program, visit .

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