Government, Equipment, Safety

Audit: Excessive Detention Time Contributes to Higher Crash Rate, Reduced Income

Truck drivers waiting at a loading dock TT File Photo

An audit of FMCSA safety data shows that truck driver detention time increases the number of fatal, injury and tow-away crashes, and costs drivers and motor carriers a significant loss of income.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo, Uber Trade Barbs in Court Over Trade-Secret Theft Suit

Photos by Seth Wenig, Eric Risberg/AP

Waymo and Uber lawyers squared off in a federal court on Feb. 5 on the first day of a bombshell trade-secret theft case.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Embark Self-Driving Truck Completes Coast-to-Coast Test Run

Embark Truck Embark

A self-driving truck operated by tech startup Embark recently completed a test run from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla., which the company hailed as the first coast-to-coast journey by an automated truck.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Survey: US Manufacturers Say Autonomous Trucks Could Cut Costs

Daimler Future Truck 2025 Autonomous vehicles, such as Daimler's Future Truck 2025, could provide substantial cost savings over the next decade if aggressively adopted for longhaul trucking, U.S. manufacturers say. (Daimler AG)

Manufacturers could save nearly 30% of their total transportation costs through 2040 if autonomous, longhaul trucking is aggressively adopted, according to an analysis of a new survey of U.S. manufacturers by PwC and the Manufacturing Institute.

Transport Topics
February 6, 2018
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Diesel Rises 1.6¢ to $3.086 a Gallon

Diesel truck stop Thinkstock

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 1.6 cents to $3.086 as oil slipped and continued to slide below $64 a barrel. It marked the fourth consecutive week of average diesel prices above $3.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2018
Equipment, Fuel, Opinion

Opinion: Extreme Winter Temperatures Can Ravage Fuel Filters

The historic cold snap that gripped New England and the Mid-Atlantic to kick off the new year challenged fuel handlers, causing sporadic operational issues for diesel fuel distributors and their fleet customers.

Paul Nazzaro | Founder and President Advanced Fuel Solutions Inc.
February 5, 2018
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Orders Leap to Second-Highest Level Ever

New trucks roll off at a Mack Trucks plant Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

North American Class 8 orders in January unexpectedly surged to the second-highest total amid new tax breaks, strong freight rates, dwindling production slots and efficient vertically integrated powertrains, analysts reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

UPS Orders 14 More Boeing 747s

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The famed Boeing Co. 747 airplane now has a slightly longer lease on life — at least in the cargo transport industry.

Samantha Masunaga | Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Feb. 5: Country Club Builder

Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster N.J. Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, N.J. (HMKramer via YouTube)

Building hotels, resorts and country clubs isn't the same as building roads and bridges, according to one transportation policy expert. A look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Universal Logistics Buys Fore Transportation, Expands in Chicago Market

Universal Logistics truck Universal Logistics Holdings Inc.

Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. has acquired intermodal carrier Fore Transportation Inc. for $34.9 million in cash, the Warren, Mich.-based truckload company announced Feb. 2.

Transport Topics
February 5, 2018