Writers of North America group has selected XM Satellite Radio
as winner of its 12th Annual Technical Achievement Award. A trophy
was presented to Neil Eastman, XM's vice president, advanced applications,
by TWNA president and award committee chairman Rolf Lockwood.
The award was presented during the recent meeting of the Technology
& Maintenance Council in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
benefit of TWNA members who couldn't attend TMC, a second presentation
of the award was made during the Mid-America Trucking Show in
Louisville, Kentucky. Accepting on that occasion was Matt Dillon,
director of OEM accounts at XM.
place was won by Nexiq Technologies for its revolutionary eTechnician
remote vehicle diagnostics tool, while third place was won jointly
by Truck-Lite and Intra Technologies for their headlamp-life
included Michelin's X-One tire and Hendrickson's Airtek front
suspension. The award is intended to celebrate technical excellence,
to honor a new product or service introduced within a given
calendar year that improves business life for the truck operators
of North America.
must have the potential to have a broad effect on the trucking
industry. XM Satellite Radio, which competed against other entries
from calendar year 2001, fulfills those criteria admirably.
It's the first TWNA award winner that isn't an example of excellence
in the hardware of trucking, said Lockwood.
victors have included engines, transmissions, tires, mufflers,
and lights, among others. The very first TWNA Technical Achievement
Award was won in 1990 by Grote Industries for the industry's first
LED lamp. Grote has sponsored the winner's trophy every year since
then. TWNA is comprised of mostly journalists writing about the
North American trucking industry in various media, as well as
many public relations professionals who join as associate members.
for the Technical Achievement Award can be made by any TWNA
member, but the winner is ultimately chosen by a select committee
of veteran journalists.
judges were Paul Abelson, John Baxter, Tom Berg, Tom Gelinas,
Bill Hudgins, Wendy Leavitt, Steve Sturgess, Tom Kelley and