Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Cars Need Humans Less and Less, California Data Shows

General Motors Co.

The robot cars test-driving on California roads seem to need their human overseers less and less.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2018
Business, Technology

UPS Seeks Driver ‘Flexibility’ in Contract Talks With Teamsters

An experimental UPS drone The union's demands included a ban on drones and autonomous vehicles to deliver packages. (UPS Inc.)

Contract negotiations between UPS Inc. and the Teamsters Union began in January with the union and the package delivery firm taking a measured approach to reaching a deal before the July 31 deadline.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 31, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless Udelv Cargo Vehicle Goes Live

Udelv Truck Udelv

An autonomous vehicle designed for last-mile deliveries and e-commerce returns conducted a live test Jan. 30 on public roads in San Mateo, Calif., driving a 2.5 mile loop from a grocery store to two customers.

Transport Topics
January 31, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Cummins Acquires Battery Systems Business From Johnson Matthey

Cummins Aeos Cummins' Aeos by Steve Sturgess

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. continued its push into commercial vehicle electrification. The company announced it has acquired Johnson Matthey’s UK automotive battery systems business, a subsidiary that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 31, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Regulators Consider Up to One-Year Exemptions for ELD Integration Challenges

Old Dominion Freight Line truck Old Dominion Freight Line on Jan. 19 was granted a 90-day waiver from HOS laws as they applied to the ELD mandate that went into effect Dec. 18. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal trucking regulators are considering granting a one-year exemption from certain technical requirements of the electronic logging device mandate for carriers having difficulty integrating ELD software updates with their fleet managment systems.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2018
Business, Technology

Flexport Opening New Office in Chicago

Flexport's Petersen Petersen speaks at Flexport's San Francisco office. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Flexport, a technology-based freight forwarder, will open a fifth U.S. office in March with a location in Chicago, adding about 100 jobs over the next two years.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2018
Business, Technology

Nikola, Cummins Expand Electrification Efforts

Nikola Arizona Announcement The Nikola Arizona headquarters announcement. (Nikola Motor Co.)

Nikola Motor Co. and Cummins Inc. each expanded their ability to address the growing focus on electrification of commercial vehicles through, respectively, choosing the location for a truck production facility and an acquisition related to battery systems.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Sequoia Capital Leads Group Pumping in Cash to Startup Next Trucking

Next Trucking has received $21 million in a round of financing led by Sequoia Capital, the freight marketplace startup announced Jan. 30.

Transport Topics
January 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Toll-Management Providers Help Make Life Easier for Fleets

An EZ-Pass toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Maryland. An EZ-Pass toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Maryland. (TT File Photo)

Tolls can cause administrative headaches and bring additional costs to trucking companies, but toll-management providers are offering services that could help alleviate both burdens.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
January 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Buys ‘Thousands’ More Chrysler Vans for Driverless Service

Paul Sancya/AP

At some point this year, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo plans to roll out a ride-hailing service using driverless cars. It just bought more vehicles to make that happen.

Mark Bergen and Jamie Butters | Bloomberg News
January 30, 2018