Business, Technology

Penske Truck Leasing Adds Digital Prompts for Maintenance Technicians

Penske John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Penske Truck Leasing Co. has begun using fully digital and voice-directed truck fleet preventive maintenance processes that technicians follow when working on its fleet of more than 266,000 vehicles.

Transport Topics
March 19, 2018
Technology, Safety

European Truckers Face Growing Theft Challenge

Transported Asset Protection Association Transported Asset Protection Association via YouTube

A global group that battles cargo theft is experiencing record growth in the take up of its supply chain security standards in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Transport Topics
March 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Hyliion Offers Own Trucks to Customers Wanting to Test Hybrid Electric Axle


The electrification company Hyliion announced it is making its hybrid electric 6X4HE axle available to potential customers to test on the company’s own Class 8 trucks.

Transport Topics
March 19, 2018
Business, Technology

GasBuddy Supplies B2B Software to Pilot Flying J

Danny Johnston/AP

GasBuddy announced that Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, has selected its software-as-a-service application, GasBuddy Business Pages, to drive customers to its 750 locations.

Transport Topics
March 19, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of March 19: Listening in Louisville

MATS 2017 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Trucking regulators at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week are scheduled to hear directly from the men and women who drive commercial trucks and keep the economy humming.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Suspends Autonomous Truck Testing After Arizona Pedestrian Death Involving Car

Uber trucks Uber Advanced Technologies Group

Uber Freight is temporarily suspending its autonomous vehicle operations — including trucks — in the wake of an accident with one of its autonomous cars that resulted in a fatality, the company confirmed March 19 to Transport Topics.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

'Fast and Furious' Driverless Cars Aren’t as Crazy as They Sound

Employees wearing virtual reality headsets wheel controllers to perform maneuvers on virtual simulations on the Ascent Robotics Inc. Atlas software in Tokyo. (Akio Kon/Bloomberg News)

Self-driving cars will rarely have to deal with a pack of drivers who think they are in a “Fast and Furious” movie, but training them to do so might just be what it takes to reach true autonomy.

Pavel Alpeyev and Yuki Furukawa | Bloomberg News
March 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Lyft, Auto Parts Maker Magna Partner on Autonomous Vehicles


Ride-hailing company Lyft is joining with large Canadian auto parts supplier Magna to develop self-driving vehicles, sharing expenses on a multi-year project that could vault them onto the leader board in autonomous technology.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
March 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets Rely on In-House, Outside Expertise to Keep Onboard Technology Up and Running

A Velociti technician works on in-cab technology A Velociti technician installs an onboard computer in a truck cab. (Velociti)

The rapid expansion of onboard technology — electronic logging devices, telematics systems and in-cab video — brings with it the challenge of servicing this equipment. Ensuring that repairs are handled quickly is essential to maximizing utilization and staying compliant with the ELD mandate.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Report: Uber Keen to Sell Self-Driving Technology to Toyota

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Ride-hailing company Uber is in talks to start selling its self-driving technology to Toyota Motor, Japanese media reported March 16.

dpa | (Hamburg, Germany)
March 16, 2018