Business, Equipment, TCA

Ford’s Commercial Vehicle Strategy Powers the Company Through Thick and Thin


While Wall Street pounds Ford Motor Co.’s response to high-profile, recent trends like self-driving vehicles and the shift from sedans to SUVs, an underappreciated, century-old company mainstay continues to chug along, delivering dominant sales and consistent profits.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Technology of Tomorrow to Be Key Topic at TMC Annual Meeting

TMC 2017 exhibit floor A view of the exhibit floor during TMC 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. This year's annual meeting will be in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Future advancements in the trucking industry will be at the forefront of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition set for early next month.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
February 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Suit, Said to Pay $245 Million

Photos by Seth Wenig, Eric Risberg/AP

Uber Technologies Inc. settled the high-stakes trade-secret theft lawsuit brought by Waymo, resolving a conflict that already cost the ride-hailing giant its top driverless car engineer and threatened to further embarrass the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
February 9, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Defies EPA, Retains Obama Era Phase 2 GHG Rule

Glider Kits Fitzgerald Glider Kits booth at MATS by Philip Scott Andrews for Transport Topics

The California Air Resources Board on Feb. 8 unanimously approved plans to retain two Obama administration Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions rule provisions for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that would regulate glider kits and trailer emissions.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Kenworth Preps Hydrogen-Electric T680 for Drayage at SoCal Ports

ZECT Kenworth T680 day cab The Zero Emissions Cargo Transport, a Kenworth T680 day cab equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, at Kenworth's Feb. 6 ride-and-drive event. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Kenworth Truck Co. is wrapping up tests on a zero-emissions hydrogen-electric Class 8 truck that will be operating in drayage applications in Southern California by the end of March, company executives said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Google Emails Show Internal Concern Over Losing Driverless Lead

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Three years ago, the head of Google’s self-driving car project emailed co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to sound an alarm.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Autonomous Coast-to-Coast Tesla Trip Past Deadline, Still Coming

Tesla Inc. Model X P100D sports utility vehicles sit on display at the company's new showroom in New York. Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. hasn’t thrown its plan to demonstrate an autonomous cross-country drive out the window — it’s just tapped the brakes.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Wintry Weather Illustrates One Challenge Facing Vehicle Automation

Oregon DOT/Flickr

Snow-covered blacktop can be a big problem for autonomous vehicles, which to this point largely use cameras that zero in on lane markings to guide the car down the highway.

Tyrel Linkhorn | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
February 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Kalanick: We Didn’t Hire Waymo Engineer to Steal Self-Driving Secrets

Travis Kalanick, co-founder and former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, Feb. 6, 2018. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Travis Kalanick got some vindication in court on Feb. 7. Under friendly cross-examination by a lawyer for Uber — the ride-hailing company he co-founded and led until it ousted him last June — Kalanick got a chance to present himself as an earnest guy who loved his work, cared about the future and didn’t take illicit shortcuts as he competed aggressively in the race for self-driving cars.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Even With Autonomous Vehicles, Brand Identity Will Be Key

Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

The term generic might imply a reasonable, cost-effective choice at the grocery store, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says it’s no way to think about cars.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
February 7, 2018