Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Fifty-Mile Drone Flights Beckon as Industry Pushes FAA on Rules

Claude Paris/AP

Retailers, railroads and electricity companies are pressing for U.S. government approval to fly drones longer distances. Regulators, geared to an aviation industry that can take five years to get a new jetliner in the air, are struggling to adjust to the breakneck pace.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
May 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Peterbilt Displays All-Electric Class 8 Truck

Peterbilt all-electric truck Peterbilt Motors Co.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Peterbilt Motors Co. displayed its all-electric Model 579 day cab tractor at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo, which was held April 30-May 4.

Transport Topics
May 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Dana, Workhorse Focus on E-Drive Axle

Dana Matt Petit

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Dana Inc. and Workhorse Group Inc. showed a concept model medium-duty truck designed for city delivery featuring Dana’s Spicer Electrified, an integrated e-drive axle whose lighter weight allows for higher payloads.

Transport Topics
May 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Top 100

PepsiCo to Add Stemco’s Fuel-Efficiency Devices

Stemco TrailerTail Stemco TrailerTail/Stemco via YouTube

Stemco Products Inc. announced that PepsiCo Inc. will update 1,600 of its trailers with the company’s TrailerTail and EcoSkirt products to support its corporate sustainability targets.

Transport Topics
May 7, 2018
Business, Equipment

Big Trailer Rentals of Texas Opens Quinlan Location

A trailer rental company believes there is a big future in the Lone Star State.

Transport Topics
May 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Toyota to Build Autonomous Vehicle Testing Site in Michigan

Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg News

Toyota announced plans May 3 to build its own autonomous vehicle testing site within the Michigan Technical Resource Park, a privately operated automotive proving grounds.

Tyrel Linkhorn | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
May 4, 2018
Business, Equipment

VW CEO Herbert Diess Urges Corporate Culture Change Amid Sweeping Revamp

Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, speaks during the automaker's annual general meeting in Berlin, Germany, on May 3. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, pledged to step up integrity and compliance efforts as part of the German manufacturer’s deepest overhaul since the diesel-emissions scandal came to light in 2015.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
May 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Minnesota Safety Officials Look to Driverless Vehicles to Reduce Fatalities


The late snowfalls in Minnesota this year might help autonomous vehicle developers save lives.

John Molseed | Post-Bulletin
May 3, 2018
Business, Equipment

Meritor Reports 2Q Results in Busy Week

Meritor John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Parts supplier Meritor Inc. had a busy week, attending the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif., releasing quarterly results, buying a manufacturing company and announcing a collaboration with major truck manufacturer Peterbilt.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
May 3, 2018
Business, Equipment

Eaton Posts 12% Increase in 1Q Earnings

Eaton Corp. Eaton Corp.

Eaton Corp. reported May 1 that first-quarter net income was $488 million, up 12% or $1.10 per share, which compares with $435 million or $0.96 per share for the first quarter of 2017, according to the Dublin-based power management company.

Transport Topics
May 3, 2018