Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Army Tests Autonomous Truck Driving Systems

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin

U.S. Army trucks using an autonomous driving system from Lockheed Martin logged more than 55,000 testing miles during a simulated warfare experiment program held at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Bliss, Texas, according to Lockheed Martin.

Transport Topics
December 4, 2017
Business, Technology

Ryder Sponsors Plug and Play’s Program for Startups

Ryder System Inc. announced it is sponsoring Plug and Play, a global startup ecosystem and venture fund specializing in the development of early-to-growth stage technology startups in 12 verticals.

Transport Topics
December 1, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s Request for ELD Delay Draws Rebuke

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Curtis T. Hill Jr./YouTube

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill published a letter Nov. 29 asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to delay the electronic logging device rule, a move that prompted a quick response from the trucking industry.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Efficient Drivetrains Announces New Class 8 Products

Efficient Drivetrains Inc. expanded its EDI PowerDrive product line to include a new powertrain suitable for Class 8 vehicle applications.

Transport Topics
December 1, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Automation Could Kill 73 Million US Jobs by 2030

Bryan Mitchell/Bloomberg News

Automation could destroy as many as 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030, but economic growth, rising productivity and other forces could more than offset the losses, according to a new report by McKinsey Global Institute.

Paul Davidson | USA Today
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Campbell Is Testing Online Soup Delivery

Robert Caplin/Bloomberg News

Campbell Soup Co. is testing an online service that will deliver soups to customers’ doors, part of an effort by the 148-year-old food giant to shake off a sales slump and update its business model.

Mark Gurman and Craig Giammona | Bloomberg News
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ACT Seeks Participants in Study of Electric Vehicle Market

ACT Research Co. is developing a multiclient study to define a vision of the United States and Canada market potential for electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles stretching into the year 2035.

Transport Topics
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

General Motors Says Self-Driving Taxi Fleets Coming in 2019

Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

Big fleets of robot taxis — with no backup drivers — from General Motors could hit the streets of San Francisco and other cities in less than two years, the company said Nov. 30.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Analysis: Recent Merger in China May Herald a Revolution in Hauling Freight

Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

On Nov. 27, China’s two largest apps for delivering Uber-like services for truckers and cargo owners agreed to merge. The resulting $2 billion behemoth is likely to reduce delays, cut down on pollution and improve life for the country’s 30 million truck drivers.

Adam Minter | Bloomberg News
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Warehouses Are Getting Bigger, Taller, Faster

Jim Young/Bloomberg News

Those boxes piling up on your doorstep over the holidays don’t ship from Santa’s workshop. As Americans spend more money shopping online, real estate developers are sinking record amounts of money into new warehouse space, building bigger, taller structures to meet the needs of e-commerce — and the robots that help it along.

Patrick Clark and Kim Bhasin | Bloomberg News
December 1, 2017