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Trucking Industry Adjusts to ELD Mandate as Focus on HOS Compliance Sharpens

ELD (ERoad)

The U.S. trucking industry is continuing to adjust to the federal electronic logging device mandate that took effect late last year.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

DTNA Expands Connectivity Services on Cascadia Model

Freightliner Cascadia (Freightliner)

Daimler Trucks North America introduced two new connectivity services into its Detroit Connect portfolio, Detroit Connect Direct and a wireless in-cab device connection.

Transport Topics
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Motor Co. Launches Hiring Drive

Nikola One (Nikola Motor Co.)

Nikola Motor Co. is starting the hiring process to staff its new Arizona research and development center, slated to open in November.

Transport Topics
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Allison Partnerships Will Provide Data on Transmissions

Allison transmissions (Allison Transmission)

Allison Transmission Inc. has partnered with multiple North American telematics service providers to deliver transmission-health information by year-end.

Transport Topics
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

With Promised Semi on the Horizon, Tesla Cuts 9% of Workforce

Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs in an effort to deliver on CEO Elon Musk’s promise to turn a profit in the second half of the year.

Associated Press
June 12, 2018
Business, Equipment

May Trailer Orders Boom Amid Jammed Up Supply Chain

UPS trailers David Guo/Flickr

ACT Research Co. reported trailer orders in May climbed 30% to 23,300, based on its preliminary estimate. Trailer makers called the ongoing surge unprecedented.

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

Driverless Delivery Startup Uses $92 Million to Focus on Safety


In an abandoned lot on the outskirts of Sacramento, Calif., R1, a domed gray vehicle half the size of a Toyota Corolla, is practicing driving itself. It stops at stop signs, yields to people, and handles sharp turns, as other self-driving vehicles do on test courses in Silicon Valley, Detroit, and China.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Experimental Starship Initiative Truck Completes Cross-Country Test

AirFlow Truck Company

A Starship landed in Jacksonville, Fla. But there were no aliens on board, just 40,000 pounds of reef-building material hauled cross-country in an experimental lightweight truck with streamlining everywhere.

Dan Scanlan | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford Refuses to Rush Into Robo-Taxis, Even After GM, Waymo Deals


General Motors Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo rocked the auto industry last week with self-driving deals that will have each deploying thousands of robo-taxis onto U.S. roads over the next 18 months. Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, will continue biding its time.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Defining Driver Responsibility When Trucks Begin to Drive Themselves

A driver takes his hands off the wheel as a ZF concept truck drives itself on a test track. Managing handoffs between the driver and system is among the challenges facing developers. (ZF Group)

As truck makers and technology developers work toward introducing vehicles with some level of automated driving features in the years ahead, it will be essential for drivers to have a clear understanding of what those systems can and cannot do and how much they can rely on them.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018