Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Safety, Insurance Costs Cited in Study as Reasons to Consider Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous cab (Ohio Department of Transportation)

As autonomous vehicles become more commonplace on our highways and roads, drivers of both trucks and passenger cars are likely to become more accepting of the technology, a survey of U.S. consumers by the market research firm J.D. Power found.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Brexit Britain Wants to Become a Leader in Driverless Vehicles

An attendee takes a photograph of an RDM Autonomous Vehicles Pod vehicle outside the SMMT Connected conference on autonomous vehicles in London, on March 30, 2017. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

Britain is stepping up its plans to be a leader in self-driving cars. The government is awarding 25 million pounds ($33 million) this week to as many as six projects that will research and test autonomous vehicles on highways and on trials of remote-control parking.

Anna Hirtenstein | Bloomberg News
June 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA’s Chris Spear Cautions Against Further ELD Exemptions

Chris Spear; Cathy Gautreaux; James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic, Gregory Feary Chris Spear (left), Cathy Gautreaux, James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic and Gregory Feary. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — The head of American Trucking Associations warned during a legal seminar here that further exemptions from Congress to electronic logging requirements for agricultural haulers could threaten safety on the nation’s roads.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Uber Freight Launches ‘Fleet Mode’

Uber Freight has added a “fleet mode” to its mobile app to enable dispatchers at small fleets to find and book loads and assign them to their drivers.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Driverless Tech Part of SoftBank’s 300-Year Plan

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SoftBank Group Corp.’s Masayoshi Son wants his company to grow for 300 years, and he’s willing to pour billions of dollars into far-out technology to make it happen.

Alistair Barr and Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
June 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 4: The Word

Rep. Bill Shuster Shuster by Fox News via YouTube

In a small side room at Washington’s Union Station, this year’s Infrastructure Week kicked off with a keynote address from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. She again pointed to the private sector and state and municipal officials as being the key drivers on infrastructure funding. Before the secretary’s address, Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler had offered the infrastructure intelligentsia in attendance a different message. A look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 4, 2018
Business, Equipment

Navistar Sees Market Share Gains as VW Considers Stronger Links

Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News

Navistar International Corp. is pivoting from a largely complete turnaround effort to seeking greater share in a robust U.S. truck market, potentially paving the way for closer ties or even a merger with alliance partner Volkswagen AG.

John Lippert and Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
June 4, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

This Year’s Roadcheck to Focus on HOS Compliance

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

This year’s International Roadcheck will take place from June 5-7, with a focus on hours of service.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Michelin Introduces Microchips to Make Truck Tires Smart

Michelin tires Michelin North America Inc.

Michelin, the French tiremaker that also publishes the eponymous restaurant guide, is betting on a future paved with chips — microchips, that is.

Frederic Tomesco and Ania Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
June 1, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, TCA

Mack Defense Wins Army Contract Valued at Up to $296 Million

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Mack Defense of Upper Macungie Township, Pa., has landed one of its largest contracts, a deal that has the potential to keep the Mack Trucks’ subsidiary busy for the next seven years.

Jon Harris | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
May 31, 2018