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John Deere Adds Telogis Telematics for Equipment

John Deere will offer a telematics and asset tracking system with its heavy equipment under a new partnership with Telogis announced at the Telogis Latitude Conference in Dana Point, Calif.

Police Fleet Suffers Heat Damage

The Danville Police Department (Va.) accumulated $19,000 in repairs for patrol cars damaged by heat from April to September. The department dealt with air conditioning parts and batteries regularly melting or needing repair.

Ratto will deploy at least 15 Freightliner Condors retrofitted with Wrightspeed's Route turbine-electric hybrid powertrain over the next year.  Photo: Wrightspeed Powertrains

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Trash Truck Deployed

The Ratto Group says existing vehicles are being equipped with Wrightspeed’s Route heavy-duty powertrain consisting of a turbine engine, generator, battery pack and electronic controls.

'Outdated and Broken' New Orleans Fire Trucks Discussed

Many of the New Orleans Fire Department's trucks are "outdated and broken" and need to be replaced, the head of the city's firefighting union said during a presentation to the city's elected leaders.

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Audit: Okla. Fleet Performed Services Without Approval

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office failed to follow protocol by insourcing additional work, renting out its facility, and accepting vehicle donations without approval from county leadership, according to a report from the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced the switch to renewable diesel at a press conference. Photo courtesy of the City of San Diego

San Diego Adopts Renewable Diesel

The City of San Diego has joined the growing list of West Coast fleets making the switch to renewable diesel. 900 of the city's heavy- and medium-duty vehicles will run on renewable diesel to start, including refuse trucks, construction equipment, and street sweepers.

Photo via Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's Twitter feed.

Alabama Pipeline Explosion Will Mean Higher Fuel Prices in Some States

An explosion in Alabama on what’s said to be the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S. Monday will likely lead to a temporary price spike in diesel and gasoline in the Southeast states served by the pipeline and also may affect the Northeast.

Diesel Prices Plateau Again, Crude Oil Hits Month Low

Diesel fuel prices in the U.S. have plateaued again, changing by less than a cent over the past three weeks, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Graphic of Toyota's Mobility Services Platform courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota's Carsharing Partnership Could Fit Fleets

Toyota has formed a partnership with carsharing provider Getaround that could eventually find a place in commercial or government fleets that manage a portion of their vehicles as an in-house rental fleet.

Chevin's FleetWave Increasing Technician Retention

Chevin Fleet Solutions is experiencing steady growth in the adoption of its products, a trend the company attributes in part to its software's technician workforce management and job planning capabilities, the company announced.

Eaton Launches Remote Diagnostics Tool for Automated Transmissions

Eaton recently launched IntelliConnect, a suite of connected solutions designed to improve uptime and efficiency. The initial module in the suite provides near real-time monitoring of vehicle fault codes.

Keith Scheibe and Sree Nilakanta, associate professors of information systems, and David May, Iowa Department of Transportation fleet manager. Photo: Christopher Gannon, Iowa State University

Iowa DOT Changes Replacement Schedule for Snow Plows

Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is changing its replacement schedule after a study found that the fleet could save $2 to $7 million annually by replacing its snow plows earlier.

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Fleet Manager Leaves Industry

Blanche Harrison previously served as the fleet manager for the City of Lenoir, N.C.

Safety Tip: Adjusting to the Time Change

A return to standard time generally means more driving during dusk and after-dark hours. Here's advice to help fleet drivers make the transition more smoothly.

Ga. City Earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

The fleet maintenance division of the City of Marietta, Ga., recently received the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence's (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence.

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VW to Set Up Trust for Government Projects, Investment in ZEVs

A judge has approved Volkswagen's settlement in its diesel emissions scandal, including buybacks of affected vehicles, a trust to fund projects reducing emissions, and the promotion of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology.

Photo courtesy of the American Lung Association.

Health Costs From Vehicle Emissions Studied

The health and climate costs of gasoline-powered vehicles operating in 10 states added $18.42 to the overall impact of a 16-gallon tank of gasoline in 2015, the American Lung Association claims in a new report.

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Netradyne Adds New Detection Features to Driveri Platform

Netradyne added three new artificial intelligence deep-learning features to its Driveri platform, including Traffic Light Detection, Relative Speed Determination and Pedestrian Identification.

Photo by Chris Wolski.

GM's Duramax 6.6L Boosts Capability, Resale Value

GM’s redesigned Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel offers a number of advantages to fleets including increased horsepower and torque, and fleets are showing interest in the new engine, which will be available in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

Parts Technician Arrested for Child Porn Charges

A City of Dallas automotive parts technician was arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess child pornography.

Renewable Diesel Coming to Washington

Targa Sound Terminal in Tacoma, Wash., will become what is believed to be the first terminal in the state to offer renewable diesel (R99) in early 2017. The terminal, which sells to distributors, is making the fuel available due to increasing demand from government agencies.

Pittsburgh Renews Maintenance Contract Despite Complaints

The City of Pittsburgh has approved a five-year, $46 million contract with service provider First Vehicle of Cincinnati despite complaints about the high price tag and insufficient service.

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Santa Fe Police Upgrade Vehicle Video Systems

The Santa Fe Police Department, N.M., has ordered new in-vehicle cameras as part of its plan to upgrade its entire fleet to an integrated solution from Digital Ally, including in-car, motorcycle, and body-worn cameras.

Green Commuter Awarded Calif. Tax Credit to Expand EV Sharing

The California Competes Tax Credit Committee has approved a $250,000 tax credit for Green Commuter to assist the Los Angeles-based company with continued expansion of its electric vehicle car sharing, vanpool and fleet replacement service.

Apollo Video Technology Honored for Revenue Growth

Apollo Video Technology has been ranked number 68 on Puget Sound Business Journal list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Washington for 2016.



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