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Horsefly drone teams with E-Gen van, but roof support equipment can be installed on any walk-in van, Workhorse says. Photo: Workhorse Group

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.

Trimble Adds Asset Tracking to Fleet Management Suite

Trimble has launched Trimble Asset Tracking, a flexible solution that offers complete visibility into the location and utilization of portable assets from a convenient portal, according to the company.

Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee File Photo

House to Mark Up Highway Bill — At Last

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has finally scheduled a hearing to mark up its version of a long-term highway funding bill for Oct. 22 – seven days before the current short-term patch authorizing spending on transportation runs out.

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

GM, Telogis Ramping Up Factory Telematics Offering

Fleets have increasingly been opting for a factory-installed Telogis solution when purchasing General Motors vehicles, especially Chevrolet Silverado trucks, which will enter the 2016 model year with additional connectivity.

Photo courtesy of PERC.

Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Isuzu Cabover Shown

The Propane Education and Research Council showed a propane autogas-powered Isuzu NPR-HD cabover equipped with a Campbell-Parnell bi-fuel system at an industry trade show, the council has announced.

Photo of Mirai courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Sets On-Sale Date for Mirai

Toyota will begin selling its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle on Oct. 21 in California in a clever tie-in with Back to the Future in which Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly sets that date for his time travels.

Fleetio Featured in Zubie App Store

Fleetio has launched an integration with Zubie, a connected-car platform and service provider, that enables business customers to increase the efficiency of fleet operations and reduce costs through automated odometer updates and other features, according to the company.

Photo: Lytx

Lytx ActiveVision Addresses Drowsy and Distracted Drivers

Lytx says its new driver safety solution ActiveVision is designed to help detect, analyze and address distracted and drowsy driving.

Tenn. PD With Diesel Passats in Holding Pattern

Police Chieft Tim Christol told WRCB that his department made a major investment in purchasing seven Passat TDIs and that it could not afford to take them off the road immediately.

Photo via Center for American Progress.

National Parks Should Cut Emissions By 40%, Group Says

The National Parks Service can significantly reduce carbon emissions by replacing a fleet of gasoline-powered pickup trucks with electric vehicles, doubling the number of EV charging stations, and expanding its partnership with Clean Cities, according to the Center for American Progress.

Photo courtesy of Webtech Wireless

Iowa City Cuts Salt Use With Webtech System

Using Webtech Fleet Center, West Des Moines has cut its salt usage from 4,000 to 5,000 tons in 2007 and 2008, to less than 2,300 tons in 2012 and 2013 combined even with an expanded infrastructure.

Photo of 2016 Prius courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Details Next-Gen 2016 Prius Technology

Toyota's 2016 Prius features significant under-the-hood improvements, boosting fuel economy and efficiency.

Photo of NOFD ladder truck via Wikimedia.

New Orleans Opens Bids to Update Fire Truck Fleet

The bid asks for traditional fire trucks capable of carrying firefighters, water, hoses, ground ladders, and tools as well as being able to pump water, according to city leaders.

Photo: ConocoPhillips

Diesel Prices Up for Second Straight Week

The average price of diesel fuel was up for the second straight week following months of downward movement, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

KBB Names Best Buy Nominees for 2016

Three new or expanded truck models hope to topple the F-150 for Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy awards for the 2016 model year in the truck category, the publication has announced.

Photo courtesy of NREL.

Study Touts Hydraulic Hybrids for Refuse Fleets

Initial results from testing have shown that hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHV) offer significant fuel-saving opportunities compared to similar conventional diesel vehicles in refuse operation, according to a study performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

FLGAFA presented scholarships to two state colleges to assist in producing the next generation of fleet technicians. Photo courtesy of FLAGFA

FLAGFA Conference Spotlights Education, Purchasing

Approximately 260 regular and affiliate members attended the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) conference and exposition where education, flexibility, purchasing, recognition, and success were front and center.

Blossman Acquires Florida Propane Supplier

Blossman Gas, Inc. has acquired Southern Propane of Jacksonville, Fla., as the latest in a series of acquisitions by the fuel and fuel-systems provider.

The RoadMate Commercial RC9496T-LMB, photo courtesy of Magellan.

Magellan Integrates Nav with Position Logic's GPS Tracking

Magellan announced the integration of its RoadMate RC9496T-LMB fleet navigation device with Position Logic's GPS tracking software solution.

County Updates Fleet with $4.5M Purchase

Fort Bend County, Texas, is updating its fleet with 72 replacement vehicles and adding 21 new ones, increasing its fleet size to more than 700 vehicles.

Photo of 2014 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

September Depreciation Flat, Truck Segments Show Strength

Used vehicles sold at auction declined 1.5% in value in September — a depreciation pace relatively unchanged from August — in a month that saw relative strength in some truck segments and compact cars continue their slide, according to Black Book.

County officials get ready to cut the ribbon for the new CNG fueling station. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara County

Calif. County Opens Public-Access CNG Station

Santa Clara County in California cut the ribbon for its $1.5 million public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Oct. 8.

Video Tip: Uncontrolled Intersections

Uncontrolled intersections lack any stop or yield signs or traffic lights – and they can be very dangerous places. Here's some advice you can pass along to fleet drivers.

Fleet Automation Drives Up County’s Vehicle Utilization

The 15-vehicle motor pool at Charles County, Md., Department of Social Services (DSS) is utilized at maximum capacity on most days, often reaching 100%, as a result of implementing the web-based fleet management information system.

Edmond Yelle, Jr, automotive mechanic, City of Wichita Falls, Texas, (left) accepts his Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award from the city's fleet supervisor, Wade Looney. Photo courtesy of RMFMA.

RMFMA Names Board Officers, Award Winners

The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) announced new board officers and the winners of its annual awards at Fleetcon.

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