Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA’s Chris Spear Cautions Against Further ELD Exemptions

Chris Spear; Cathy Gautreaux; James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic, Gregory Feary Chris Spear (left), Cathy Gautreaux, James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic and Gregory Feary. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — The head of American Trucking Associations warned during a legal seminar here that further exemptions from Congress to electronic logging requirements for agricultural haulers could threaten safety on the nation’s roads.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Uber Freight Launches ‘Fleet Mode’

Uber Freight has added a “fleet mode” to its mobile app to enable dispatchers at small fleets to find and book loads and assign them to their drivers.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Opinion

Opinion: Managing Contracts for Maximum Efficiency and Minimum Risk

Trucking fleets work every day to draft, negotiate and execute contracts with suppliers, employees, subcontractors and customers that maximize revenue and produce efficiencies for all involved. But in a heavily regulated industry such as trucking, compliance issues related to federal, state and local laws must be directly reflected in these contracts, and that can get burdensome.

Timothy Donaghy | Vice President of Technology, Contract Logix LLC
June 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Driverless Tech Part of SoftBank’s 300-Year Plan

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SoftBank Group Corp.’s Masayoshi Son wants his company to grow for 300 years, and he’s willing to pour billions of dollars into far-out technology to make it happen.

Alistair Barr and Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
June 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 4: The Word

Rep. Bill Shuster Shuster by Fox News via YouTube

In a small side room at Washington’s Union Station, this year’s Infrastructure Week kicked off with a keynote address from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. She again pointed to the private sector and state and municipal officials as being the key drivers on infrastructure funding. Before the secretary’s address, Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler had offered the infrastructure intelligentsia in attendance a different message. A look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

WiseTech Global Buys SaaS Transportation

International logistics software firm WiseTech Global purchased SaaS Transportation, a provider of less-than-truckload and logistics transportation management solutions that include integrated quoting, booking and tracking.

Transport Topics
June 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

Energy Revolution: California Approves $768 Million for Electric Vehicles

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California’s electric utility companies will spend nearly $768 million on charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks and buses, under a series of proposals approved May 31 by state regulators.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Michelin Introduces Microchips to Make Truck Tires Smart

Michelin tires Michelin North America Inc.

Michelin, the French tiremaker that also publishes the eponymous restaurant guide, is betting on a future paved with chips — microchips, that is.

Frederic Tomesco and Ania Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
June 1, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Top 100

Pitt Ohio Tests Two Mack Anthem Natural Gas Trucks

A Mack Anthem truck (John Sterling Ruth Photography)

Carrier Pitt Ohio is testing two natural gas-powered Mack Anthem models equipped with Cummins Westport ISX12N engines as it seeks to use alternative fuels to reduce emissions.

Transport Topics
June 1, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Why GM and Waymo Rely on Allies in Self-Driving Race

Waymo The hubcap of a Jaguar I-Pace with Waymo autonomous electric vehicle technology. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

An automaker like General Motors Co. brings two advantages to the development of self-driving vehicles: knowledge of how to build a car and the factories to do it. Silicon Valley’s biggest entrants into autonomous vehicles, particularly Alphabet Inc., have legions of coders and piles of cash.

David Welch and Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
June 1, 2018