TMC/SAE Symposium - Latest Findings from DOE's SuperTruck 2/3 Program

Technical Session #1

ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and SAE International are once again teaming up to present the TMC/SAE Symposium, which this year is focusing on the latest findings from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck II program, as well as offering a sneak peak at what industry can expect from the soon-to-launch SuperTruck III.

Development of a Trucking Fleet Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for Managing Automated Driving System-Equipped Trucks in Mixed Fleets

Technical Session #2

Manufacturers and suppliers have been rapidly developing and testing automated driving systems (ADS) for use in commercial vehicles in recent years. However, other stakeholders in the road freight ecosystem — such as fleets, shippers, brokers, state governments, and service and maintenance providers —do not have a clear picture of how ADS will fit into their daily operations. At present, technical progress in this promising technology is outpacing the ability of truck fleets to plan for ADS deployment. This adversely affects adoption by truck fleets and associated industries, resulting in the delayed realization of safety, productivity, and efficiency benefits of ADS- equipped trucks. If ADS is to gain traction in the U.S. trucking industry, current stakeholders and new entrants need a rigorous, data-driven Fleet Concept of Operations (or CONOPS).

The Ins and Outs of Your Shop: When to Keep Maintenance In-House or Send It Out

Technical Session #3 

Fleets are always looking for more cost-efficient and productive ways of performing maintenance. To this end, many fleets are turning to outsourcing and co-sourcing arrangements for this important function. As a result, service providers are finding a greater need to accumulate and share performance data with customers, and fleets are looking to optimize the client-vendor relationship through better communication, information exchange, consistency and accountability—in accordance with agreed upon standards.