Cristina Commendatore

Digital 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.


Driver pay, trucking’s image, and the worsening driver shortage 3

The average age of the truck driver is 52 and each year that number continues to increase, according to Leah Shaver, COO at the National Transportation Institute. But as fleets are finding it more and more difficult to attract a younger driver base, partly because of an industry-wide image problem, what can they do to soften the blow of a deepening driver shortage?

Uber Freight expands, personalizes app for drivers 1

Since its public launch in May, Uber Freight announced today that it will expand its freight-matching services into a number of new metros and corridors across the country. Uber Freight also noted the app has been updated to provide a more personalized experience for the trucker drivers who use it.

Fleet exoneration: Using video to determine truck accident liability

Inattention, excessive speed, failure to yield, and unsafe lane changes are among the top causes of truck collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For fleet managers, preventing collisions caused by their own drivers can be quite challenging because risk factors must be measured before an accident occurs.

Florida set to test high-speed tolls, truck platooning technology

The Sunshine State is moving along in the connected vehicle and trucking space with two new pilot projects.

The first – known as SunTrax – will test highway speed toll technology, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for any vehicle that travels the Florida Turnpike. The second project will explore driver-assisted truck platooning (DATP) technology on the turnpike.

Traffic on steroids 

I live roughly 28 miles from the Fleet Owner office. On a good day, it takes me between an hour and an hour-and-a-half to get to work. But good days are hard to come by.

Case study: How one carrier reduced its work-related injury, accident rates

Over the past three years, LTL, truckload and logistics provider A. Duie Pyle has improved its work-related injury rate by 52% and accident rate by 23%. According to Pete Dannecker, vice president of risk and integrated resources, those improvements are driven by the company’s employees.

Ram: Heavy van segment sees year-over-year growth

CHELSEA, MI. For the past two years, sales of larger heavy-duty vans experienced double-digit growth even though sales in the small van segment in North America has plateaued, according to David Sowers, head of Ram Commercial Truck.

During an interview with Fleet Owner at FCA’s What’s New event at the Chelsea Proving Grounds earlier this week, Sowers attributed larger van growth to low fuel prices and fleets’ need for better payload capability.

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 1

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: Can your fleet repel high-tech criminals? 

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.