Business
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

MoDOT Grapples With Issues Related to Vehicle Automation

Tesla Self-Driving Tesla Model S with self-driving technology by Andreas Arnold/Bloomberg

As the auto market becomes more saturated with electric vehicles and vehicles with automation capabilities, the Missouri Department of Transportation is grappling with the changes these types of vehicles present.

Eric Dundon | Hannibal Courier - Post
April 16, 2018
Business, Equipment

VW Truck Division Signals Possible Takeover of Navistar

VW Building Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG’s heavy-vehicle division is open to a takeover of U.S. affiliate Navistar International Corp. as the German company seeks scale to compete with global leaders Daimler AG and Volvo AB.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
April 16, 2018
Business

Warehouse Theft Nets 20,000 Cases of Beer

Empty warehouse Thinkstock

Crooks on March 12 stole about C$500,000 worth of beer, pepperoni and dried beef in a theft from a warehouse in Boucherville on Montreal’s South Shore. Police report the thieves are attempting to sell the haul to businesses across two Canadian provinces.

Transport Topics
April 16, 2018
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: How Long Will the Good Times Last?

The trucking industry is definitely having a moment. Recently, an industry executive spoke from the White House about the positive effects federal tax reform has had on his business, and a noted industry economist predicted that trucking likely has several good years ahead of it before the threat of an economic downturn might rear its ugly head. Plus, sales of new trucks just keep rising.

April 16, 2018
Business, Technology

New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Adds Digital Tools for Drivers, Fleets

New Sprinter next to its predecessors. The new Sprinter on display next to its predecessors: the previous two Sprinter generations launched in 2006 and 1995 and the TN introduced in 1977. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

AMSTERDAM — The updated Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van will offer a multitude of new options and features when it hits the market later this year, but the most significant additions could be its new connected-vehicle services.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 13, 2018
Government, Business

States, Territories to Receive $1 Billion in Storm Relief, USDOT Announces

Hurricane Harvey floodwaters A truck drives through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas last September. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Nearly three dozen states and territories will receive $1 billion to repair infrastructure recently damaged by severe weather and natural disasters, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced April 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 13, 2018
Government, Business

Trump Convenes Task Force to Study Postal Service Operations

USPS Trucks Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — After weeks of railing against online shopping giant Amazon.com, President Donald Trump signed an executive order April 12 creating a task force to study the United States Postal Service.

Jill Colvin | Associated Press
April 13, 2018
Business, Equipment

March Trailer Orders Total 29,500

Meritor Workers Meritor trailer axles on the assembly line. (Meritor)

U.S. trailer orders for March jumped 36% to top 29,000 as demand roared on and manufacturers began to grapple with the surging costs of key materials.

Transport Topics
April 13, 2018
Business

US Industrial Space Declines for 31st Consecutive Quarter

Warehouse space Getty Images

The amount of industrial space in the United States declined for the 31st straight quarter in the first three months of 2018, according to CBRE Group.

Transport Topics
April 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Peter Thiel-Backed Autonomous Car Supplier Slashing Costs, Scaling Up

Luminar's Lidar Luminar lidar by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Luminar Technologies Inc., the sensor startup backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, is rolling out a cheaper-to-make version of its laser technology and ramping up production to supply the key component for autonomous vehicles.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
April 13, 2018

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