Business, Equipment

The Lost Art of ‘Gear Jamming’

Trucks on a test track Trucks travel around the test track at the Transportation Research Center proving ground, where Cummins Inc. held its test-drive event. (John Baxter)

When Cummins Inc. invited industry journalists to the introduction of its X15, the new generation of its 15-liter truck engine, the event showcased not only the latest in heavy-duty truck engines, but also the evolution of transmission technology in trucking.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

FedEx, Alphabet, Uber Win Drone Sweepstakes; Amazon Left Out

Mercedes-Benz Vans

At Memphis International Airport, drones may soon be inspecting planes and delivering airplane parts for FedEx Corp. In Reno, Nev., they will test airlifting life-saving defibrillators to patients. And customers in Virginia could be awaiting Alphabet Inc.’s flying devices to get goods they ordered.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA, Top 100

UPS to Use Futuristic-Looking Fleet of Electric Delivery Trucks in London, Paris

UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. plans to deploy a small fleet of futuristic, boxy-looking all-electric delivery trucks as part of a pilot program in London and Paris by the end of this year.

Benjamin Raven |, Walker, Mich.
May 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Self-Driving Software Reportedly Decided Not to React Before Fatal Collision

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Uber believes its self-driving software that chooses how to react when it detects objects in the roadway is the cause behind a fatal collision between one of its vehicles and a pedestrian.

Benjamin Raven | (Walker, Mich.)
May 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Roush Gets Electric With Ford F-650

Roush ACT Expo 2018

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Roush CleanTech unveiled its all-electric technology in a Ford F-650, marking an expansion of its alternative-fuel market beyond propane autogas and compressed natural gas.

Transport Topics
May 8, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Logistics

ENow Shows 53-Foot Trailer With Solar-Based Refrigeration

eNow refrigerated trailer eNow

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Solar technology provider eNow unveiled a 53-foot refrigerated trailer with solar panels mounted on its roof, calling it the first such all-electric solar-based refrigeration system to be deployed.

Transport Topics
May 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

April Class 8 Orders Miss Historic Mark

Volvo truck bodies Volvo truck bodies at the company's plant in Virginia. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Class 8 orders in April cleared 34,000, while the swollen backlog from months of strong demand kept them from going even higher, according to ACT Research Co., and others pointed to a parts supply chain under strain.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Nation’s First Self-Driving Car Service for the Public Coming to Texas

FRISCO, Texas — The nation’s first self-driving car service for the public will begin here in July.

Valerie Wigglesworth | The Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

Paccar Increases Quarterly Dividend

Paccar trailer Truck PR

Paccar Inc. declared a 12% increase to the regular quarterly cash dividend.

Transport Topics
May 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

Dodge’s and Chevy’s Deep Discounts Portend Old-Pickup Price War

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and General Motors Co. have trimmer, high-tech trucks coming this year that will fetch top-dollar prices. For now, the automakers are dialing up discounts on outgoing models.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
May 8, 2018