Cristina Commendatore

Cristina
Commendatore
Associate Editor,
Fleet Owner

Cristina Commendatore joined Fleet Owner in April 2015. She has many years of experience as a journalist covering a variety of news. She has a master's degree from Quinnipiac University.

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Highlights from Movin’On by Michelin 2017

This week Michelin hosted its 2017 Movin’On Conference on sustainable mobility in Montreal, Que. The conference grounds hosted thousands of attendees and various seminars, workshops and brainstorming sessions that tackled upcoming regulations, sustainable transportation and community efforts, and new visionary tire concepts. Michelin also announced it will return to Montreal in 2018 for another conference.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s event. (Photos: Cristina Commendatore/Fleet Owner)

Trucking: A ‘poster child’ or ‘problem child’ for automation? 1

MONTREAL, QUE. Is the heavy trucking industry the poster child for automation or the problem child? It’s a question that moderator Peter Sweatman, a co-founding principal at CAVita, posed to a panel of transportation experts discussing platooning and autonomous trucking here at Michelin’s Movin’On Conference on sustainable mobility.

More regulations in store for truck tires, technology

MONTREAL, QUE. Incoming regulations are expected to bring more demand on technology for truck tires that will reduce resistance and noise, according to Serge Lafon, head of Group Michelin Truck.

During Michelin’s Movin’On sustainable mobility event here in Montreal this week, Lafon told reporters that better, safer and cleaner mobility has been a trend within in the trucking industry for some time now, but that improvements still need to be made.

Michelin unveils airless, connected tire concept

MONTREAL, QUE. Imagine this: a tire that is airless, made of recycled materials, and will never inflate. That is what Michelin calls its Vision Concept.

Terry Gettys, executive vice president of research and development at Michelin Group, unveiled the prototype of the concept during a press conference here at Michelin’s Movin'On sustainable mobility event.

ELDs, NAFTA, Uber: Disruptions ahead for trucking

Electronic logging devices (ELDs), key trade deals, companies like Uber stepping into the game, and the timeline for autonomous trucks are the major issues industry analysts are keeping their eyes on right now. And according to two experts at FTR, these disruptions are happening amid a turbulent political climate, which adds uncertainty to their projections.

Cybersecurity 

Over the years, Donald Frazier, senior vice president of information technology at Arpin Group, has found that a fleet’s strongest and weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity defenses is its employees. Since 2009, the household goods moving conglomerate has been conducting yearly network penetration tests in which it hires a third-party company to send spoof emails to employees and “hack” its network.

Industry slow to adopt Uber-for-freight model 2

The Uber model for trucking still may be poised to revolutionize freight mobility, but its growth may be moving at a slower pace than anticipated. And that could be because the trucking industry as a whole is still resistant to it.

ELD mandate: A business burden or technology upgrade? 1

Ready or not, by Dec. 18, 2017, most commercial truck drivers will be required to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to record their hours of service. For carriers, that means driver retention and productivity challenges lie ahead.

Gamification of Trucking 

Year-after-year, Southeastern-based carrier G&P Trucking brought home the gold for safety in the competitions it entered. More recently, however, the company noticed an increase in accidents, and though it still won trophies for safety, they weren’t first place. That’s when safety director John Billingsley stepped in.

Keeping your drivers focused in a world of distractions

Fuel prices are down, fuel-efficiency technologies are thriving, and that means big savings in fuel costs for trucking and the rest of the motoring public. That’s a good thing for fleets, right? It depends on how you look at it.

Low fuel prices nationwide mean more vehicles on the road. And, according to Christopher Hayes, second vice president of Risk Control, Transportation Services at Travelers, it’s all happening in an environment where more distractions abound.

Step it up for your drivers 

I’m a competitive person. Ask anyone who’s done a Fitbit step challenge with me.

They say that 10,000 steps a day is what you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And by “they” I mean the health experts—or the marketing folks at Fitbit or other fitness wearable companies that want you to buy their trackers.

Complying with FSMA: Is your fleet ready? 2

The date for carriers to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new food safety rule is around the corner. The rule falls under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which passed in 2011 in response to listeria and salmonella outbreaks mainly stemming from the manufacturing, processing, and handling of food.