It’s hard to ignore the leaves dropping off the trees, the wind picking up and the nights drawing in. It signals one thing – the launch of the Autumn edition of Motion Magazine, now on the shelves. Well, not shelves exactly, rather in your inbox if you are a subscriber! It is available via the Motion website – transportinmotion.com – and it’s free to sign-up to receive if you haven’t already.
Clean and Green
This month our independent editor Sharon Clancy has focussed on “technologies that once seemed futuristic and implausible” such as electric trucks, 3D printing and platooning; and asks whether these technologies mark the beginning of a step-change in van and truck technology.
Learning from Others
You can read about Bibby Distribution and how it has consolidated the approach across its business to make technology the slave, not the master. Meanwhile builders’ merchant Alloway Timber shares its secret to operating in the ultra-competitive sector where it is responsible for supplying vital construction materials.
Technology and Government Policy
This quarter, the lead article looks at how the “dirty diesel” tag is influencing policy as Government desperately searches for ways to meet air quality guidelines in our biggest cities. Motion investigates the latest technologies currently being trialled and asks what the future has in store. The Road Haulage Association’s Richard Burnett also sets out his stall, calling on policymakers to delay the mandatory introduction of Euro 6 vehicles in a single step, saying it will be “damaging to UK businesses”.
Beyond that we speak to DAF Trucks Telematics Manager Jake Blowers who is celebrating having more than 10,000 active vehicle connections on the roads and we look at the wonderful world of data transmission. Do you know your SAE J1939 from your FMS-3? Well if not, it’s all packed into Motion.
Blood, Sweat and Tears
On a light-hearted note, read an amusing account of Transaid’s Cycle South Africa fundraiser from the perspective of participant and Microlise marketing bod Andree Corden. The insightful piece gives an idea of the blood, sweat and tears which made it possible for the combined riders to raise in excess of £220k for Transaid’s causes earlier this year.
Camera Systems: What You Need to Know
Each edition we ring-fence part of the magazine for one of our experts to offer insights on topics that we know are high on operators’ lists of considerations. This month it’s the turn of our Executive Director – Product Strategy Matt Hague who has written about camera systems, how they can help and what to look out for when buying.
In summary, once again it’s a bumper Motion Magazine this Autumn packed full of free, accessible information about technology in road transport. Sign up now to receive your free copy and all future editions, straight to your inbox.