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18 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
The evolving camera technology in today's trucks
The debates about inward-facing cameras in trucks are significant, but what’s not up for debate is the fact that this camera technology has evolved significantly recently. Take one announcement from this summer, which was the launch of the AI DashCam from KeepTruckin. The technology provider partnered with Ambarella on the image processing capabilities of the camera to provide a device with ADAS and driver monitoring capabilities. Wanting to know more, I sat down with members of KeepTruckin and Ambarella to get the details. Joining me on this episode of Fleet Future are Abhishek Gupta, director of product management at KeepTruckin; and Senya Pertsel, senior director of marketing at Ambarella.
23 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Recapping the 2021 TMC Fall Meeting
Another week, another trade show recap! The gang's all here once again as Editor Jason Morgan and Senior Editor David Sickels join the podcast to talk about last month's TMC Fall Meeting, which took place in Cleveland and was host to a bevy of OEM and supplier news. We talk about the news of the show, which heavily featured tires and smart trailers, as well as the challenges facing today's fleets, many of which were discussed at the show and heavily feature supply chain issues.
17 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
ACT Expo: A recap podcast, part 2
It's time for part two! For those who missed it, the last episode of Fleet Future featured Editor Jason Morgan, Senior Editor David Sickels and yours truly, Managing Editor Alex Crissey, recapping September's zero-emissions focused ACT Expo. Jason attended the show, but David and I did not, so we peppered him with questions for enough time that the conversation had to be broken into two parts.
24 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
ACT Expo: A recap podcast, part 1
Part 1 of 2 in which FE's Jason Morgan, Alex Crissey and David Sickels recap the ACT Expo.
12 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
What fleets need to know about electrification and truck charging stations
In this episode of Fleet Future, FE Managing Editor Alex Crissey and Senior Editor David Sickels sit down in the podcast studio to talk about the rise of electrification in 2021.
15 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
How electrification will change truck tires
Continental announced in July that it has been testing tires specifically built for electric trucks in Germany. When I saw this news I instantly wanted to know more – to start with, why do electric trucks need specialized tires? For that answer and several others, I spoke with Hinnerk Kaiser, head of tire development for truck and bus tires at Continental.
17 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
What your fleet needs to know about tire maintenance
Tire maintenance: with tire costs being what they are, it’s always going to be a hot topic. From routine checks to investing in equipment like TPMS and ATIS, it’s all important when cutting those costs and making sure you don’t fall victim to an unexpected roadside breakdown or another similarly nasty surprise. For more on this, I sat down with two Bridgestone representatives, Greg Kidd and Randy Patterson, to talk through everything fleets need to know about their tire maintenance. You will not be surprised to learn that the word inflation appears multiple times in our conversation.
5 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Podcast: Extras from FE's Mack Trucks Executive Interview
This episode of Fleet Future features Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and commercial operations, with a bit more info on Mack’s role when it comes to infrastructure, charging, and everything else that will go along with making electrification more widespread.
19 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
The potential benefits of replacing truck mirrors with cameras
In today's Fleet Future podcast, I spoke with two members of Stoneridge, a company that makes MirrorEye, a system through which mirrors on the sides of trucks are replaced by cameras, which the company says provides greater visibility and improved aerodynamics.
19 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Driver training, retaining and the trucking industry's "oral tradition," with CarriersEdge
The driver shortage is always a hot topic—and recruiting is only one piece of that; retaining is another. One overlooked aspect of retaining is in training—after all, the training process is the first impression drivers have of your company. To discuss this topic, today’s guest is Jane Jazrawy, co-founder of CarriersEdge.
16 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
A look at the state of the trucking market with FTR
It has been, to put it mildly, an absolutely wild year for the US economy, and by extension, the trucking industry. So what can fleets expect from the market the rest of this year, and what’s on the horizon for 2022? I spoke Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles for FTR, to find out how they're seeing the market.
12 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Thermo King on the challenges and potential benefits of electrification
There is a lot of excitement in the air about electrification, but also a lot of questions. And this was the subject of a recent Thermo King webinar, hosted by Paul Kroes, the company’s market insights leader for North America. Paul took some time to discuss some of the biggest issues in electrification, from infrastructure and regulation to vehicle and battery development to when it will all make sense from an ROI perspective. And of course with this being Thermo King, special attention was paid to the refrigeration side of things.
7 minutes | May 26, 2021
Michelin on the importance of the right truck tires in the right applications
Joining me on today’s podcast is Coy Jones, senior marketing manager for on road with Michelin to talk about the company's new truck tires, the technology used in making them, and why it’s so important to get the right tire for the right application.
15 minutes | May 19, 2021
Telematics, routing and staying ahead of the truck technology curve
Joining me on today’s episode of the Fleet Future podcast is Alex Osaki, product marketing manager for Here Technologies, which is a supplier of telematics, including routing and mapping technology, to the trucking industry. Alex and I had a great conversation about routing and mapping technology, the struggles of adopting telematics, and how telematics will play into electrification.
15 minutes | May 12, 2021
How telematics can help in last mile delivery, with electric fleets, and more
The growth of both the last mile delivery market and the ascendancy of electric trucks have rarely been out of the news for the past year. With that in mind, joining me in this episode of the Fleet Future podcast is Travis Hunt, business development manager for Ford Commercial Solutions. Our conversation focused on telematics, from how telematics can help electric vehicles succeed, to Ford’s recent announcement in March that it will be expanding Ford Telematics to serve all makes and models, not just Ford.
12 minutes | May 5, 2021
How electric trucks will change your fleet management process
Electric trucks are here. At this point, every major OEM either has trucks available for order or in development, but if you are interested in adding some of these models to your fleet, there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done ahead of time. Joining me on this episode to discuss this topic is Dave Downs of CalAmp, a telematics provider.
17 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Podcast: New electric and diesel trucks, plus the effects of the microchip shortage
Fleet Equipment Editor Jason Morgan and Managing Editor Alex Crissey go over the biggest trucking news of the past month, including: - The ongoing microchip shortage and its potential impacts on trucking - The newly available electric trucks from Freightliner - Driving new heavy-duty trucks from Peterbilt and Kenworth, as well as new medium-duty models from both OEMs - How fleets can prepare their shops for the arrival of an electric truck
11 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The role of e-axles and power systems in the electric future
The electric future has arrived, with several major OEMs making battery electric trucks available now, some that will be available soon, and even a growing push toward hydrogen fuel cell power. So what will the role of suppliers be in this electric future? To answer that question, I talked with Jeremy Frenznick, senior director of CV engineering at Dana. Dana is providing e-axles and/or power systems for electric trucks from Peterbilt, Kenworth and Hyliion.
16 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Why tracking the right metrics is key for your maintenance operation
Precise data: it’s one of the most important keys to running a good business, in the fleet world or elsewhere. After all, how will you know where to start improving your business if you don’t have a real sense of where the business is now? This was the theme of a recent talk by Jacob Findlay, founder and CEO of Fullbay, a provider of shop management software, at this year’s Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. Jacob joins me on this week’s podcast to go over some of the main points of his HDAW talk, as well as a new report that Fullbay released with TMC called the State of Heavy Duty Repair.
9 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
The impact of emissions standards on trucking equipment
For this episode of Fleet Future I talked with Robb Janak, director of new technologies at Jacobs Vehicle Systems, about CARB and EPA emissions regulations and the technology Jacobs is developing to meet them.
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