Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 16: LiveOnWeb’s 2018 Government Outlook

Transport Topics' Eugene Mulero (left), ATA's Bill Sullivan Transport Topics' Mulero with American Trucking Associations' Sullivan. (LiveOnWeb via YouTube)

Approval of a provision that would clarify meal-and-rest break rules for truckers will be delayed if Congress clears for President Donald Trump this week a short-term funding measure. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Maersk, IBM Form New Blockchain Company for International Cargo

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg News

IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have started a company that will use new technologies such as blockchain, a digital ledger best known for underpinning bitcoin, to track cargo movements and automate paperwork for shipping across international borders.

Jing Cao and Olga Kharif | Bloomberg News
January 16, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Trailer Orders Surge in December, Close in on All-Time High

Plant worders assemble a Strick trailer Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics

U.S. trailer orders soared in December to record levels — the second-highest all-time, according to one analyst — as manufacturers ended a busy, successful year on a high note.

Transport Topics
January 12, 2018
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Sales Jump 43% in December to Cap Strong 2017

Kenworth Dealership TruckPR/Flickr

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in December cleared 22,000 for the highest volume since mid-2015, reported, as analysts forecast higher volumes for the year ahead.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

GM Drops the Steering Wheel and Gives Robot Driver Control

General Motors Co.

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine.

David Welch and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Electric Trucks Show Rapid Development

Class 8 International tractor equipped with TransPower electric drive system Class 8 International tractor equipped with a TransPower electric drive system. (TransPower)

WASHINGTON — Electric-vehicle technology for the medium- and heavy-duty sector is developing rapidly, but the price and range of these vehicles must improve for widespread deployment to take hold, industry experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

TRB Picks New Leaders, Honors Others for Service, Achievements

WASHINGTON — Each year, the annual meeting of Transportation Research Board brings together industry stakeholders from around the world to feast on a smörgåsbord of facts and figures, ideas, analysis and exhibits that push the frontier of geekiness.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 11, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

US Regulators Eye Policy for Autonomous Trucks

Daimler AG

Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy to guide the development of autonomous transportation beyond cars to include trucks, buses and other ground-based modes.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2018
Equipment, Fuel

Blame Animal Fat if Your Diesel Engine Freezes Up This Winter

Biomass Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg News

When freezing weather strikes, cold-weather pros know to treat diesel with additives to prevent the fuel from gumming up their engines.

Laura Blewitt | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

Trump's NAFTA Ideas Are a 'Lose-Lose-Lose' for Carmakers, Says Auto Supplier

Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

The chief executive of North America’s biggest auto supplier warned that overly complex NAFTA changes could result in a “lose-lose-lose” situation that leaves U.S., Mexican and Canadian manufacturers vulnerable.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2018