Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of April 16: Road to NTDC

2017 NTDC for Capitol Agenda, April 16, 2018 A driver gets ready to take the course during the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Fla. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The journey to crown this year’s top truck driver is officially underway. Elite truckers passionate about safety are focusing their talents at their state truck driving championships for a chance to qualify for the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

MoDOT Grapples With Issues Related to Vehicle Automation

Tesla Self-Driving Tesla Model S with self-driving technology by Andreas Arnold/Bloomberg

As the auto market becomes more saturated with electric vehicles and vehicles with automation capabilities, the Missouri Department of Transportation is grappling with the changes these types of vehicles present.

Eric Dundon | Hannibal Courier - Post
April 16, 2018
Business, Technology

New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Adds Digital Tools for Drivers, Fleets

New Sprinter next to its predecessors. The new Sprinter on display next to its predecessors: the previous two Sprinter generations launched in 2006 and 1995 and the TN introduced in 1977. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

AMSTERDAM — The updated Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van will offer a multitude of new options and features when it hits the market later this year, but the most significant additions could be its new connected-vehicle services.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 13, 2018
Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Buses Will Be Introduced at University of Michigan

Navya Vehicle (Navya)

A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor, Mich., later in April in an ambitious test of the new technology.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Peter Thiel-Backed Autonomous Car Supplier Slashing Costs, Scaling Up

Luminar's Lidar Luminar lidar by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Luminar Technologies Inc., the sensor startup backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, is rolling out a cheaper-to-make version of its laser technology and ramping up production to supply the key component for autonomous vehicles.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
April 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Freight Brokers Using Technology to Automate Processes

TIA panel of experts on automation Panelists (from left) Jason Kerner of Project 44, Robert Nathan of LoadDelivered, Tom Heine of Aljex Software, Noam Frankel of FreightFriend, Scott Moscrip of and moderator Ramona Hood of FedEx Supply Chain. (Daniel P. Bearth/TT)

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Automation isn’t just for trucks. There was plenty of evidence at the Transportation Intermediaries Association Capital Ideas conference and exhibition here that it’s also going to change the way freight is managed by shippers and third-party logistics companies.

April 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Group Introduces All-Electric, Heavy-Duty Truck for European Market

Volvo's new FL electric model Volvo's new FL electric model — its first all-electric truck for commercial use. (Volvo Group)

Volvo Trucks on April 12 introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use, with sales and production of its FL Electric model to start in Europe in 2019.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Hyperloop Could Provide ‘Resilient Solution’ for Transportation, Expert Says

Hyperloop Hyperloop concept drawing. (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)

The high-speed Hyperloop transit system entrepreneur Elon Musk proposes to build on the East Coast has the potential to withstand the impact severe weather may have on older infrastructure.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Hires BMW Executive Jesse Schneider to Spearhead Fuel-Cell R&D

Nikola Motor Co. has hired Jesse Schneider as vice president of hydrogen and fuel-cell technologies.

Transport Topics
April 12, 2018
Business, Technology

Walmart Favored Over Amazon to Buy India’s Flipkart

Flipkart Shirt Flipkart shirt by Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Walmart Inc. looks likely to take the next round in the battle for India’s retail market over rival

Saritha Rai | Bloomberg News
April 11, 2018