Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Grants Agriculture and Livestock Haulers ELD Waiver

Pigs Shutterstock

Federal trucking regulators have granted a 90-day waiver to agricultural commodities and livestock haulers from installing electronic logging devices in their trucks, and issued a separate clarification on potential miles that are exempt from hours-of-service requirements for agriculture haulers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 26, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda: The Best of 2017

Marcia Hale, Eugene Mulero Building America's Future President Marcia Hale with Transport Topics' Eugene Mulero. (Transport Topics via YouTube)

No matter your place on the political spectrum, it is undeniable passage of the Republican-led tax reform measure was a monumental feat. This week we highlight our favorite news items from Capitol Agenda in 2017.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 26, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

ATA President Chris Spear Proposes Infrastructure Fund at Senate Transportation Hearing

ATA President Chris Spear Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear asked Congress to consider establishing an infrastructure fund capable of generating about $340 billion over 10 years.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 21, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Jacksonville, Fla., Opens Test Track to Future for Self-Driving Shuttles

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The futuristic appeal of the autonomous vehicles that began operating Dec. 21 on the Jacksonville Transportation Authority test track is the prospect that eventually hundreds of them could be shuttling passengers around downtown.

David Bauerlein | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
December 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

If You Hate Driving in the Snow, a Robot Can Now Do It For You

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Self-driving cars may be the future, but relinquishing control of the wheel certainly takes some getting used to. It’s one thing to go (slowly) with the flow on well-marked city streets, for which many self-driving cars were initially developed and tested, but what happens when you throw icy winter road conditions into the mix?

Rachel Tepper Paley | Bloomberg News
December 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

New Deal Sends Autonomous Caterpillar Trucks to Australia

Caterpillar Inc.

Another fleet of mining trucks will join the growing ranks of machines operating autonomously using Caterpillar Inc. systems in Australia next year, reflecting the company’s push to cement industry partnerships with proprietary technology.

Matt Buedel | Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)
December 21, 2017
Government, Safety, Logistics

Toll-Road Veteran Is N.J. Governor-Elect’s Pick for State Transportation Chief


New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy chose a toll-road veteran to oversee transportation, charging her with fixing a commuter bus and rail system he called “a national disgrace.”

Elise Young | Bloomberg News
December 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATRI Appoints Four New Members to Board of Directors

The American Transportation Research Institute announced Dec. 19 that four new members will join its board of directors.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 20, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Canada Announces ELD Proposal as US Mandate Takes Hold

ELD example PeopleNet Communications Corp.

As the electronic logging device mandate takes effect in the United States, Canada has published its own first draft of rules that would require the devices for truck drivers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2017
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles Pose New Challenges to Future of Cybersecurity

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Today, as artificial intelligence (AI) technology is making a future full of self-driving cars increasingly likely, hacking has become a serious potential concern.

Erin Mundahl | (Washington, D.C.)
December 18, 2017