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Government, Technology, Safety

House Panel Schedules Hearing on Positive Train Control

PTC PTC System (MetroLink)

The status of automatic braking technology implementation will headline a Feb. 15 hearing of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee in the House, the panel’s chairman announced.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 1, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Stakeholders Curious About Trump Infrastructure Package

Trump's State of the Union Win McNamee/Bloomberg Finance

Much of the transportation community — freight and business executives, the construction sector, local leaders and experts — said President Donald Trump’s call for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that also would streamline project permitting to two years during his State of the Union address left them with more questions than answers, particularly on the matter of funding.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 1, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Cars Need Humans Less and Less, California Data Shows

General Motors Co.

The robot cars test-driving on California roads seem to need their human overseers less and less.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comment on National Consumer Complaint Database

Truck Driver Fuse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on ways the agency can improve its online National Consumer Complaint Database. The database allows the public and drivers to file complaints against unsafe and unscrupulous motor carriers and their employees.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 1, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Regulators Consider Up to One-Year Exemptions for ELD Integration Challenges

Old Dominion Freight Line truck Old Dominion Freight Line on Jan. 19 was granted a 90-day waiver from HOS laws as they applied to the ELD mandate that went into effect Dec. 18. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal trucking regulators are considering granting a one-year exemption from certain technical requirements of the electronic logging device mandate for carriers having difficulty integrating ELD software updates with their fleet managment systems.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Buys ‘Thousands’ More Chrysler Vans for Driverless Service

Paul Sancya/AP

At some point this year, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo plans to roll out a ride-hailing service using driverless cars. It just bought more vehicles to make that happen.

Mark Bergen and Jamie Butters | Bloomberg News
January 30, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 29: State of the Bridges

Eastbound on Arlington Memorial Bridge Eastbound on Arlington Memorial Bridge (roadwaywiz via YouTube)

One-fifth of Iowa’s bridges are structurally deficient, as are more than 4,100 bridges in Pennsylvania. Twenty-three percent of bridges in Rhode Island are in that category. And, Washington, D.C., has eight of them. What's Congress going to do about them? Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Why Self-Driving Cars Will Likely Be Light-Colored

Getty Images

The issue involving something as simple as choice of paint color underscores the sweeping effects of self-driving cars for automotive engineering, said Samit Ghosh, CEO of automotive consulting and engineering firm P3 North America.

Nathan Bomey | USA Today
January 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Iowa Tops ARTBA List of States With Deficient Bridges

Centennial Bridge in Iowa Iowa's Centennial Bridge is on the list of structurally deficient bridges. (ercwttmn/Flickr)

Iowa is home to the most structurally deficient bridges, while the District of Columbia contains the fewest, according to a recent report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Concerned About Self-Driving Cars? You’re Not Alone

chombosan/Getty Images

As automakers push aggressive time frames for introducing driverless vehicles, the outreach needed to convince the public that the technology represents a positive development appears still to be wanting.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
January 26, 2018

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