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Automation Holds Promise But Success Hinges on Sensible Regulations 
WASHINGTON — Autonomous truck technology holds the potential to enhance safety, efficiency and productivity in the trucking industry, but its successful deployment hinges on regulations that help rather than hinder it, said Chris Spear, president of American Trucking Associations.

Rental Spaces, Better Data Could Ease Parking Crunch 
Finding a secure place to park or drop a trailer has become an all-too-common challenge for truck drivers, but some carriers have found a novel way to help ease that problem — renting parking spaces through third-party firms.

DOT Nominee Chao Outlines Funding, Infrastructure Priorities 
WASHINGTON — Elaine Chao, chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, pledged to collaborate with Congress on boosting funding for highway projects and modernizing the country’s freight networks during a friendly confirmation hearing in the Senate on Jan. 11.





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Kansas City Southern Profits Decline in Fourth Quarter
Kansas City Southern reported lower profits in the fourth quarter and full calendar year 2016 compared with the same period of 2015, although the freight railroad was most hurt due to foreign exchange rate losses from its international business.

Mack Trucks Adds Features to AMTs
Mack Trucks introduced Mack mDRIVE rolling start and auto neutral, two new features designed to improve the job-site performance and safety of trucks equipped with Mack’s mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD automated manual transmissions.

Kenworth Dealer Rihm Acquires LTX Inc.
Kenworth dealership Rihm Family Cos. Inc. said it acquired LTX Inc., which owns Lawrence Leasing Inc., the operator of Lawrence NationaLease — a commercial truck leasing company with 15 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.


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