Safety
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Grants Aim to Improve Safety, Streamline CDL Process

Student driver Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent series of state-level grants will not only improve driver safety, but will also expedite the process of obtaining a commercial driver license, according to Tom Keane, director of the agency’s Office of Safety Programs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

GM Buys Lidar Startup Strobe to Accelerate Self-Driving Cars

General Motors Co. world headquarters stands in Detroit. Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

General Motors announced Oct. 9 that it is buying Strobe, a Pasadena startup that makes lidar, a laser-based sensor that most autonomous vehicles use to see the world around them.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
October 9, 2017
Government, Safety

CVSA Names Its Slate of New Officers

Captain Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol has been named the new president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the group representing certified commercial vehicle inspectors throughout North America has announced.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 9, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Big-Rig Technology Moving Quickly Down the On-Ramp

Daimler AG

While advancements in autonomous — or self-driving — cars get much of the attention, development of self-driving commercial vehicles is speeding forward.

Judy Keen | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
October 9, 2017
Safety, Autonomous

Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise, but Don’t Blame Texting

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Traffic fatalities in the U.S. rose for the second straight year in 2016 despite a dip in crash deaths linked to distracted driving, according to data released by federal highway safety regulators.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 6, 2017
Government, Safety

Industry Stakeholders Generally Support a National Academy of Sciences CSA Study, But Still See Challenges Ahead

National Academy of Sciences

While many trucking stakeholders have said for years that they support the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in concept, not all are convinced that the recommendations of an elite academic panel of the National Academy of Sciences will plug all the holes in the program.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 5, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hacking Risk Is What Worries Americans Most About Driverless Vehicles

chombosan/Getty Images

U.S. residents are “polarized” on whether to embrace driverless cars, according to a survey by insurer American International Group Inc.

Sonali Basak | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

NAFTA Talks Expose Disagreement Over Mexican Trucking Access

Ildefonso Guajardo, Chrystia Freeland, Robert Lighthizer Guajardo, Freeland and Lighthizer by Últimas Noticias via YouTube

As efforts to renegotiate terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement shift from Ottawa to Washington, two trucking industry groups and the Teamsters union are taking aim at a provision in the current agreement that allows trucks from Mexico to operate in the United States.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicles Raising Big Questions Around Drunk Driving, Seat Belts, Open Container Laws and More

Marco Verch/Flickr

The idea of highways being filled with self-driving cars may be alluring, but it has highway safety experts raising numerous questions about common contemporary issues like drunk driving, seat belt use and how other motorists might react to a car without a driver behind the wheel.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
October 5, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

DOT Seeks Comment on Review of Regulations, Including ELD Mandate, Driver Training

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking comments on its review of several existing regulations ranging from a requirement for electronic logging devices set to go into effect Dec.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2017

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