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Government, Business, Safety

Three Guidebooks Being Developed to Help States Improve Truck Parking

truck parking

The American Transportation Research Institute supports efforts to create three guidebooks to help states better manage and improve truck parking facilities.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Hacker Finds Way to Unlock Tesla Models, Start Cars

Tesla

Tesla Inc. customers might love the carmakers’ nifty keyless entry system, but one cybersecurity researcher has demonstrated how the same technology could allow thieves to drive off with certain models of the electric vehicles.

Margi Murphy | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Europe’s Push to Cut Russian Gas Faces Race Against Winter

Russia

While Europeans bask in the warmth of spring, governments are in a race against winter.

May 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

UK Startup Wants to Build Batteries for Boats

Batteries

U.K. battery company Britishvolt Ltd. received an investment from shipping firm Scorpio Group as it looks to develop technologies to help decarbonize the maritime sector.

Eddie Spence | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Worker Shortages Snarl Shipping Even as Shanghai Lockdown Eases

China

China appears to be gradually easing its lockdown of Shanghai, but that won’t bring immediate relief to global supply chain congestion, according to a major shipping company.

Ann Koh and Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Inspectors Begin Three-Day Roadcheck Enforcement Effort

A. Duie Pyle truck

A look at the first day of a three-day stepped-up law enforcement International Roadcheck inspection operation.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Truck Q1 Net Income Tumbles, Revenue Climbs

Daimler

Daimler Truck reported net income tumbled 81% and revenue increased 17% in the first quarter as it faced persistent supply chain bottlenecks and passed along rising costs amid increased demand.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 17, 2022
Government

Senate Confirms Senior USDOT Officials

U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters

Nominees to fill senior roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation recently were confirmed by the Senate. John Putnam was approved to serve as general counsel, and Vicky Wassmer was approved as chief financial officer.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

Maker of Smaller, Lighter Electric Motors Attracts Investors

Infinitum Electric's IEm series motor

Infinitum Electric, an electric motor maker based in Texas, has attracted $80 million in investment from several major energy-focused firms, enabling it to boost production.

Eric Roston | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Acting FMCSA Chief Robin Hutcheson Says Truck Parking a Top Issue

Robin Hutcheson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The acting head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said her agency and trucking are in alignment on top issues confronting the industry, and pledged to work collaboratively with fleets to address them.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 17, 2022
Government

Nearly 43,000 Deaths on US Roads in 2021, NHTSA Says

ambulance

DETROIT — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford-Backed Argo Goes Driverless in Miami, Austin

An Argo AI modified Ford Motor Co. Fusion autonomous vehicle

Argo AI, the driverless startup backed by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, has started testing self-driving vehicles in Miami and Austin, Texas, without a human behind the wheel.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022
Business, Fuel

Gas Tops $4 a Gallon in Every State for the First Time

Customer pumps gas

Gasoline pump prices have risen above $4 a gallon in all states in the U.S. for the first time ever as the last holdouts — Kansas, Oklahoma and Georgia — saw prices rise overnight, according to auto club AAA.

Chunzi Xu | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics

Ryder Expands Last-Mile Delivery Network With Boise Hub

Ryder

Ryder System Inc. opened a facility in Caldwell, Idaho, as part of a strategic expansion of its last-mile network, the company announced May 17.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

Secretary Walsh Touts Truck Drivers Amid Automation Advances

Transport Topics' Dan Ronan and Eugene Mulero with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

Truck drivers will continue to provide key contributions to the freight industry as automation is steadily adopted throughout the transportation landscape, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said recently.

Dan Ronan and Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporters
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Cities Find Easier Access to Infrastructure Funds

Vince Williams, LaToya Cantrell

While local communities have more access to federal infrastructure funds to improve transportation, rising project costs are creating difficulties.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Hydrogen Likely to Be Next Fuel for Trucking, Panelists Say

Hydrogen fuel cell panelists at 2022 Act Expo

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Hydrogen fuel cells are being adopted in transit fleets, and trucking is poised to be the second mover with the fuel — and ultimately see a price at production comparable to diesel, experts said at ACT Expo.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 17, 2022
Business, Logistics

Home Depot Overcomes Slow Start to Year, Rising Home Prices

Home Depot

Home Depot’s first-quarter sales improved despite a slow spring start, and the home improvement chain raised its full-year guidance.

Michelle Chapman | Associated Press
May 17, 2022
Business, Private

Walmart Profit Drags as Inflation Takes a Bite

Walmart

NEW YORK — Walmart reported stronger sales for the first quarter, but its profit took a beating as the nation’s largest retailer grappled with surging inflation on food and fuel and higher costs from a snarled global supply chain.

Anne D’Innocenzio | Associated Press
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Retail Sales Show Consumers Standing Firm in Face of Inflation

Retail

U.S. retail sales grew at a solid pace in April, reflecting broad-based gains and suggesting demand for merchandise remains resilient despite rampant inflation.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022