Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Tech Platform Consolidates Port of Oakland Data

Port of Oakland Port of Oakland

The Oakland Portal, a new high-tech platform, has been introduced by the Port of Oakland, Calif., to provide a single point for information about its operation, according to the West Coast hub.

Transport Topics
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

New York, Los Angeles Team With Schumer on Self-Driving Vehicle Rules

Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg News

New York City and Los Angeles, worried that a Senate self-driving car bill would make them hand over control of their streets to the federal government, have found a powerful ally: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Shaun Courtney | Bloomberg News
May 31, 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
Business, Technology, Top 100

Marten Turns to WorkHound for Driver Feedback

Marten Transport John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Fifty truck drivers who were considering leaving their carrier decided to stay after using an anonymous smartphone-based system designed to improve communication between staff and management.

Transport Topics
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

FHWA Drops Plan for States to Track Greenhouse Gas Levels on U.S. Highways

Interstate 65 in Kentucky Traffic on I-65 in Louisville, Ky. (Kentucky Department of Transportation)

The Federal Highway Administration has withdrawn its rule that would have required state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to report year-over-year changes in carbon dioxide emissions on U.S. interstates and major highways.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 31, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

GM Partners With Tech Investment Firm to Bring Self-Driving Vehicles to Market Next Year

Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

General Motors Co. and the SoftBank Vision Fund are partnering to invest in GM Cruise to bring self-driving vehicles to market by next year, the company said May 31.

Jamie LaReau | Detroit Free Press
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

More Fleets Request Downsped Engines, Driven by Fuel Savings, GHG Regulations

Cummins X15 engine A Cummins engine. Downsped applications are on the rise. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

More fleets are requesting downsped engines that run at about 1,100 rpm at highway speeds, significantly slower than previous generations of diesels.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

Colorado Set to Be First State to Test ‘Smart Pavement’

Integrated Roadways

Tim Sylvester, CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Integrated Roadways, thinks his startup company’s “smart pavement” — bristling with sensors and the latest fiber-optic and wireless technology — could be a lifesaver in mishaps.

John Aguilar | The Denver Post
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

CARB Approves Tougher Opacity Limits

CARB exhaust Getty Images

The California Air Resources Board has approved amendments to toughen state standards on heavy truck smoke opacity limits as well as require motor carriers with two or more trucks to report their annual smoke test results to the agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 30, 2018
Government, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Public Input Wanted for Virginia’s I-81 Improvement Study

Virginia Interstate 81 Interstate 81 near Roanoke, Va., carries heavy traffic. (Virginia Department of Transportation/Flickr)

Virginia transportation officials have planned a series of meetings in June to gather public feedback as their study of the Interstate 81 corridor takes shape.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Senate Bill Would Ease HOS, ELD Demands for Ag Haulers

Livestock hauler Livestock hauler by David B./Flickr

A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced a bill that would relax both electronic logging device and hours-of-service requirements for livestock haulers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 29, 2018