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Diesel Laptops, ADTC partner to improve tech recruiting, training

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Diesel Laptops and ADTC will also jointly produce and distribute training in other modalities, including live webinars and instructor-led training. (Courtesy: DIESEL LAPTOPS)

GILBERT, S.C. — Diesel Laptops and American Diesel Training Centers (ADTC) have formed a strategic partnership designed to address the diesel technician shortage and on-going career development that is essential to improving employee retention.

Diagnostic skills and accompanying use of technology are critical in attracting new entrants into the field of diesel repair and maintenance, according to JB Ryan, senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Diesel Laptops.

He said advancing those skills with more in-depth training and use of the most modern technology and services available ensures that technicians stay current with market-place needs, which effectively services customers and provides a strong return on investment for their employers.

All American Diesel Training Center facilities will be outfitted with all relevant Diesel Laptops hardware and software products for integration into the 300-hour ADTC Training Curriculum. That includes diagnostic testing and hardware kits and cross-platform online repair information.

Diesel Laptops and ADTC will also jointly produce and distribute training in other modalities, including live webinars and instructor-led training that will be offered through ADTC’s rapidly growing footprint of shop-based training facilities across the U.S.

“ADTC and Diesel Laptops essentially have the same mission, to provide the industry with the workforce, knowledge, and technology to most effectively keep the United States moving and growing. We’re completely aligned in mission and shared values,” said Timothy Spurlock, president and co-founder of American Diesel Training Centers.

“It is no secret that there is a real shortage of techs coming into the industry. Combining resources with ADTC addresses this problem head-on while educating them on the most critical parts of diagnostics and troubleshooting,” Ryan said

Diesel Laptops, founded in 2014, provides specialized diesel diagnostic equipment for the commercial truck, construction, automobile, agriculture, and off-highway markets. Diesel Laptops is the industry leader in diesel diagnostic tools and repair information. The team there prides itself in being the diesel diagnostic experts and providing customers with world class customer service.

For more information, visit www.DieselLaptops.com.

American Diesel Training Centers, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest producers of diesel technicians in the United States. Founded in 2017, it uses an innovative “sharing model” where it partners with shops, dealers and fleets to deploy its recruiting and 300-hour entry level technician training system. Graduates of its program work for more than 100 U.S. companies.

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Pilot Flying J’s new mobile app hits the road

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The new Pilot Flying J app provides professional truck drivers with improved location listings. (Courtesy: PILOT FLYING J)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J has launched its new mobile app.

With features specifically geared toward the professional driver as well as the auto traveler and RV customer, the app is designed to make travel easier for everyone on the road, according to Mike Rodgers, senior vice president and chief strategy and information officer.

Developed with drivers in mind, Rodgers said the new Pilot Flying J app saves users time and money with a more personalized experience tailored to drivers’ type of travel, location, preferences and needs.

“By focusing on the moments that matter most to our guests, we designed our new mobile app to meet the needs of the driver, whoever and wherever they are on their journey,” Rodgers said. “We know drivers are always looking for convenient and reliable platforms that make their lives easier while on the road. Delivering an intelligent interface with expanded capabilities, our new app allows us to personalize, simplify and improve the guest experience while navigating the highways.”

The updated Pilot Flying J app features a streamlined onboarding that allows users to self-select their driver profile, such as professional driver, auto traveler or RVer.

Based on that selection, the home screen and features are then customized to meet the drivers’ needs based upon geographic location, preferred stops and amenities.

Rodgers said these features include:

  • Pros of the road. While on the road, professional drivers can call Pilot Flying J Truck Care at the push of a button, easily plan their routes with improved location listings and saved preferences and also reduce time searching for parking with Prime Parking reservations. Recognizing when professional drivers arrive on property, the modified home screen delivers time-saving features like mobile fueling, shower reservations and viewing saved offers. Additionally, the new message inbox and transaction history simplifies doing business from the road.
  • Auto travelers. The enhanced trip planner makes planning a road trip easy, helping to find and receive directions to Pilot and Flying J locations, view amenities, fuel prices and more. Guests can also save money with the app, including a 3-cent gas or auto diesel discount and exclusive offers on favorite food items and drinks when the app is used at the time of purchase.
  • RVers. Finding locations with RV amenities is a breeze with the new RV home screen that provides recommended stops with RV fueling lanes, dump stations and propane refills. Good Sam Club members receive exclusive promotions and deals to save on fuel, dumping fees, propane and more. To learn more about RV services, visit /.

Pilot Flying J is celebrating its new app with free drink deals every day in April.

 

 

 

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Nikola CEO Trevor Milton unveils zero-emission vehicle future

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Nikola Motor CEO and Founder Trevor Milton reveals the Nikola Two, a hydrogen-electric class 8 zero-emission commercial truck, at Nikola World 2019. (Courtesy: NIKOLA)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nikola CEO Trevor Milton gave thousands of attendees at a Nikola World event here Monday the first peek into a global zero-emission future.

As is often the case at a Nikola event, there was glitz and glamour.

Milton arrived on stage with the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, representing the company’s iconic client, Anheuser-Busch, that has ordered 800 Class 8 zero-emission trucks from Nikola as part of its sustainability strategy.

“We want to transform everything about the transportation industry,” Milton said. “With Nikola’s vision, the world will be cleaner, safer and healthier.”

The first product unveiled was the autonomous-capable Nikola Reckless, the military all-terrain vehicle that was driven on stage via remote control.

“With virtually no sound and no heat signature, the Reckless provides new meaning to stealth and is defying all standards,” said Andrew Christian, Nikola Powersports vice president of business development and defense.  “We believe all military vehicles will transform to battery electric and hydrogen fuel cells in the future.”

As part of the evening, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey discussed Nikola’s contribution to Arizona’s growing economy, adding 2,000 new jobs at their Phoenix headquarters, planned manufacturing plant and hydrogen and fuel cell R&D center.

Milton and Nikola Powersports President Michael Erickson highlighted how Nikola is transforming zero-emission recreational vehicles on land and water.

“The technology and platforms we are developing are mutually beneficial helping us leverage speed to market and scale,” Erickson said. “With our powersports products, you have an experience that is safer with precise control and a near silent ride that heightens your senses.”

Milton and Erickson then introduced the redesigned NZT.  Attendees at the event will be able to ride in the NZT Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) on a closed course track at WestWorld on Day Two of Nikola World on April 17.

Then, for the first time, Nikola World attendees saw the Nikola Water Adventure Vehicle (WAV) concept which has been teased for some time and is now a reality.  Jordan Darling, vice president of Nikola Powersports and an industry pioneer in the electrification of personal watercraft, said “We at Nikola are creating the world’s first “wakeboard” architecture, which enables us to push the limits in design and propulsion.”

“Nikola is bringing zero-emission sustainability and technology to the water,” Milton said.  “With WAV, you can feel the rush of power and acceleration in your chest, with the sound of the water and breeze in your ears. It’s zero impact and pure fun,” Darling added.

Nikola’s Executive Vice President of Hydrogen Jesse Schneider discussed Nikola’s hydrogen fuel cell vision, which vision consists of the world’s first purpose-built fuel cell Class 8 truck, enabling more hydrogen storage, optimized placement of the powertrain, and a robust 70MPa hydrogen fueling network.

“We recently opened our first hydrogen station at our Phoenix headquarters,” he said. “We are leading the way and working with industry and other OEMs to develop hydrogen standards to enable fueling in less than 15 minutes. The goal is safety and interoperability, so that anyone can fuel at our station. This is a big deal.”

At the conclusion of the night, Milton reflected on the small, but mighty, team that started Nikola five years ago in his basement with an idea.

“We now have five products in development that will change transportation for the better,” he said.

He then unveiled “the most advanced commercial truck the world has ever seen, the Nikola Two.” The Nikola Two will be driven on the demonstration track on the second day of Nikola World.

There are currently more than 13,000 Nikola trucks on order.  The Nikola trucks feature up to 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft-lbs of torque.  Nikola recently announced a battery-electric vehicle option for the urban, short haul trucking market.

 

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Driver input needed on truck parking information systems

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ATRI’s research findings will provide states and private sector entities providing truck parking information with the driver-preferred data formats and methods of information delivery. (Courtesy: ATRI)

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Transportation Research Institute has launched an online survey to solicit professional driver input on preferences for data formats and delivery mechanisms of truck parking availability information. This data collection is part of ATRI’s 2019 top priority research topic to standardize truck parking information systems based on driver preferences.

ATRI initially surveyed drivers on this topic at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky,last month where over 300 drivers completed surveys. The online survey launched today will provide drivers who were not able to attend MATS the opportunity to provide input on this topic. The lack of available truck parking continues to rank as a top industry issue in ATRI’s annual industry survey and in 2018 was the number two issue for drivers after the Hours-of-Service rules.

ATRI’s research findings will provide states and private sector entities providing truck parking information with the driver-preferred data formats and methods of information delivery.

ATRI will collect driver responses on the truck parking survey through the end of May.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

 

 

 

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