Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Storm Disrupts FedEx Hub, Causes Some Flight Cancellations at Memphis Airport

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

FedEx said a winter storm caused substantial disruptions to FedEx Express flights and sorting at Memphis and Indianapolis hubs Jan. 12.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
January 12, 2018
Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

California Mudslides Send Truckers Searching for Detours

A semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud on U.S. Highway 101, in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Truckers hauling goods and materials south through California’s San Luis Obispo County are facing longer drives and indefinite delays after deadly mudslides closed Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County.

Lindsey Holden | The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
January 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

GM Drops the Steering Wheel and Gives Robot Driver Control

General Motors Co.

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine.

David Welch and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

TRB Picks New Leaders, Honors Others for Service, Achievements

WASHINGTON — Each year, the annual meeting of Transportation Research Board brings together industry stakeholders from around the world to feast on a smörgåsbord of facts and figures, ideas, analysis and exhibits that push the frontier of geekiness.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

TRB Researchers Look at Safety, Relationship Between Pay and Driver Fatigue

Truck driver in his cab Thinkstock

WASHINGTON — The wages earned by truck drivers are too low, forcing them to work long hours, according to a report presented to trucking industry researchers at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
January 11, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

US Regulators Eye Policy for Autonomous Trucks

Daimler AG

Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy to guide the development of autonomous transportation beyond cars to include trucks, buses and other ground-based modes.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2018
Government, Safety

Expect 2018 to Be a Year of Technological Innovation, Deputy Administrator Says

WASHINGTON — A top federal regulatory official for trucking said her agency’s priorities this year will include a special emphasis on encouraging technological innovation in the commercial motor vehicle industry.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Top Truck Bottlenecks Report Coming Soon, ATRI President Says

Bottleneck in California 57/60 Confluence Project

WASHINGTON — The definitive guide to the country’s top truck bottlenecks will be released Jan. 25, the president of American Transportation Research Institute, which publishes the report, said Jan. 9.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Ford Partners With Postmates in Path to Driverless Delivery

Ford partnered with Domino’s in 2017 for autonomous pizza delivery trials. Photo by Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is expanding its driverless delivery experiment beyond pizza by partnering with Postmates to test what it will take to eventually remove the driver from on-demand distribution.

David Welch and Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
January 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Car Firm Aurora to Expand After Deal With VW, Hyundai


Deals inked by the self-driving car firm Aurora with two major auto manufacturers will mean more jobs and more test vehicles on the streets in Pittsburgh, one of the company’s co-founders told the Tribune-Review.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 8, 2018