Equipment
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

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

Ford

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
Business, Equipment, Logistics, Top 100

Driver Turnover Puts Pressure on Large Carriers

Maverick Transportation truck Maverick Transportation said, effective June 17, it would raise the pay of student drivers to 47 cents to 53 cents per mile. (Russ MacNeil)

The rise in freight being carried nationwide led to a rise in truck driver turnover in the first quarter as large trucking firms demanded more qualified drivers to transport goods.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 8, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics, Top 100

KLLM Announces Another Pay Increase for Drivers

KLLM Transport Services truck (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

KLLM Transport Services will institute another pay hike for company drivers, bringing the increase to 30% in just the past eight months, the Jackson, Miss.-based over-the road carrier announced.

Transport Topics
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Roadside Repairs by Fleets Rose 21% in 1Q, Study Says

Cummings FleetNet's Cummings speaks at the Benchmark session (Robert Braswell)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Fleets saw their roadside breakdowns increase by 21% in the first quarter this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study from American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

North American Class 8 Orders Continue Strong Growth in May

Class 8 orders (Arne Edstrom/Volvo Trucks)

Orders for new Class 8 trucks more than doubled last month versus year-ago levels, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 7, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Sacramento Begins Experiment With Digital License Plates

screenshot via Reviver Auto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The digital license plate on display outside Sacramento City Hall on June 4 does a lot of things other technology can already do.

Ben Miller | Government Technology
June 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Cyberattacks Called a Growing Threat to Trucking Industry

Ross Froat, Chris Cooper, Randy Goggans Ross Froat (left), Chris Cooper and Randy Goggans address the conference. (Robert Braswell/TMC)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The threat of cyberattacks to the trucking and logistics industries is real, the number of attacks are growing and each attack has the potential to cripple a company, according to a panel of experts June 6 at the Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference here.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018
Business, Equipment

Daimler Trucks CEO Says Possible Listing Is Up to Shareholders

Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler’s truck unit. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG could split its truck unit and passenger-car business into separate companies, but it’s not a necessity and won’t happen unless stockholders want it to.

Gabrielle Coppola and Olga Kharif | Bloomberg News
June 7, 2018
Business, Equipment

Navistar Posts 2Q Profit

Navistar LT Series over-the-road tractor LT Series on-highway tractor/Navistar

Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. reported net income of $55 million, or 55 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2018, rebounding from a net loss of $80 million, or 86 cents, in the year-ago period, the company announced

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
June 6, 2018

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