Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: New FMCSA Chief Shows Vision

Ray Martinez, the newly installed head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, made the rounds last week, speaking first to trucking executives at American Trucking Associations’ midyear management meeting May 20 and then to lawmakers in the House of Representatives in Washington at a hearing by the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

Transport Topics
May 24, 2018

Consumer Comfort Snaps Four-Week Skid on Views of Finances

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U.S. household sentiment improved for the first time in five weeks on more upbeat views about personal finances and the economy, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed May 24.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump’s Auto-Tariff Threat Adds New Pressure to NAFTA Talks

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President Donald Trump’s threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on imported automobiles may be an attempt to pressure his NAFTA partners into striking a deal that would help drive manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Self-Driving Car in Fatal Crash Wasn’t Programmed to Brake

This March 19, 2018 still image taken from video provided by ABC-15, shows investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber car on the street in Tempe, Ariz. ( via AP)

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle wasn’t programmed to stop for obstructions in its path, including the pedestrian it struck and killed last March in Arizona, according to federal investigators.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

1Q Numbers for Ports Show Continued Strong Growth

Port of Los Angeles A truck leaves a terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg)

With data now in for the first third of the year, operators of some of the nation’s ports said they are setting records as the economy keeps booming — even as volume dipped at the nation’s largest port.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Start of Summer Driving Season Means More Motorists, Analysts Say

Memorial Day traffic Memorial Day travel (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

The unofficial start of the summer driving season is finally upon us and that means for millions of drivers it will be that time again to hire a dogsitter, pack the swimsuits, sunblock and folding chairs, and drive to the beach (or lake, or pool) to stay cool.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 24, 2018
Business, Safety

Kentucky State Truck Driving Championships

Photo coverage of winners and scenes from the 2018 Kentucky Truck Driving Championships May 18-19 in Sparta, Ky., and Florence, Ind.

Transport Topics
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Ends Testing of Self-Driving Cars, Trucks in Arizona

Uber trucks Uber Advanced Technologies Group

Uber Technologies Inc. confirmed it is shutting down its autonomous vehicle operations in Arizona, including its self-driving trucks, two months after one of its self-driving passenger cars struck and killed a pedestrian in the state.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 24, 2018

AASHTO’s Bud Wright Announces Retirement

Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, will retire at the end of the year.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Aims to Restart Self-Driving Car Tests in Pittsburgh This Summer

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Uber is shutting down testing operations in Arizona and focusing instead on testing in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, according to an internal e-mail from Eric Meyhofer, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and the head of Uber’s self-driving car operations.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 24, 2018