Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Experimental Starship Initiative Truck Completes Cross-Country Test

AirFlow Truck Company

A Starship landed in Jacksonville, Fla. But there were no aliens on board, just 40,000 pounds of reef-building material hauled cross-country in an experimental lightweight truck with streamlining everywhere.

Dan Scanlan | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
June 11, 2018
Technology, Autonomous

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight Illustration by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

The advent of automated driving technology is poised to transform the trucking industry in the years and decades to come, but it is clear that autonomous trucks will not be ready to handle all driving tasks and conditions anytime soon.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 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

Ryder Reserves 500 Chanje Electric Panel Vans

Chanje Energy electric delivery van (Chanje Energy)

Ryder System has reserved 500 new Chanje Energy medium-duty electric panel vans for its North American truck rental and ChoiceLease fleet, the company announced June 7.

Transport Topics
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Canadian Company Tests System That Converts CO2 Into Fuel

Carbon Engineering Ltd.

A Canadian startup is testing a system that sucks carbon dioxide from the air and converts it into fuel for cars and other vehicles.

Jim Efstathiou Jr. | Bloomberg News
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford Refuses to Rush Into Robo-Taxis, Even After GM, Waymo Deals


General Motors Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo rocked the auto industry last week with self-driving deals that will have each deploying thousands of robo-taxis onto U.S. roads over the next 18 months. Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, will continue biding its time.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Defining Driver Responsibility When Trucks Begin to Drive Themselves

A driver takes his hands off the wheel as a ZF concept truck drives itself on a test track. Managing handoffs between the driver and system is among the challenges facing developers. (ZF Group)

As truck makers and technology developers work toward introducing vehicles with some level of automated driving features in the years ahead, it will be essential for drivers to have a clear understanding of what those systems can and cannot do and how much they can rely on them.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

The Eyes of Autonomy

Uber Advanced Technologies Group Some self-driving truck developers, including Uber's Advanced Technologies group, are using lidar to track the vehicle's surroundings. (Uber Advanced Technologies Group)

Advances in sensor technology will play a key role in the development of increasingly sophisticated driver- assist systems and the eventual deployment of self-driving trucks in commercial fleets.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

Website Not Encrypted? Google Soon Will Add Warnings That Could Turn Visitors Away

Come July, Google Chrome will add stark security warnings that could turn business away from your website if it’s unencrypted. Specifically, Google will brand your site as “not secure” in the address bar of its popular web browser if it senses you’re operating without encryption. “Users presented with this warning will be less likely to interact with these sites or trust their content,” so it’s “imperative” that site operators get their websites encrypted, said Patrick Donahue, security engineering product lead at Cloudflare, a web services provider.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

The Future Is Autonomous, Not Jobless

Technology firm Embark Technology firms such as Embark aim to deploy unmanned trucks on freeways, but those trucks will need to work together with piloted trucks to move freight from origin to destination. (Embark)

If autonomous vehicles are the future of the trucking industry, what is the future of the truck driver? On the surface, it might appear to some casual observers that automation could soon spell the end of the truck driving profession, but that perception quickly falls apart when examining the current limitations of the technology and the stark realities of trucking’s labor needs.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Roadside Repairs by Fleets Rose 21% in 1Q, Study Says

Cummings FleetNet's Cummings speaks at the Benchmark session (Robert Braswell)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Fleets saw their roadside breakdowns increase by 21% in the first quarter this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study from American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018