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Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Aurora, FedEx Expand Texas Autonomous Routes

Aurora

Aurora Innovation Inc. and FedEx have expanded their autonomous trucking partnership to include freight hauling between terminals in Fort Worth, and El Paso, Texas.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

California to Join $8 Billion Hydrogen Hub Race

Energy Observer, a former race boat turned into autonomous navigation powered by hydrogen

California will seek some of the $8 billion President Joe Biden set aside for building hydrogen production hubs, joining a crowded race among states angling for the money.

David R. Baker | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Supply Chain Woes Threaten Electric Grid

 The sun rises over power lines near Imperial, Calif.

A vast swath of North America from the Great Lakes to the West Coast is at risk of blackouts this summer as heat, drought, shuttered power plants and supply chain woes strain the electric grid, according to a report.

May 18, 2022
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales in April Present Mixed Picture

International Terrastar truck

Classes 4-7 U.S. retail sales in April dropped 15.4% compared with a year earlier, Wards Intelligence reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Leaders of VTNA, Navistar Stake Out EV Turf

Peter Voorhoeve, Mathias Carlbaum

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The leaders of Volvo Trucks North America and Navistar expect broader competition when it comes to delivering electric trucks to customers, and even closer collaboration with more parties to ensure such trucks are ready to work, they said in separate interviews with Transport...

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2022
Business, Safety, Logistics

Industry Faces Obstacles in Bid to Mitigate Driver Shortage

Panelists Donna Kintop of DDC Group, Andrew Boyle of Boyle Transportation and ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello at 2022 MYMS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Accelerated retirements, an aging workforce, a decadeslong declining birthrate and low unemployment rate continue to cause challenges for the trucking industry as it seeks to overcome the 80,000-plus driver shortage.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 18, 2022
Business

Target Plummets Most Since 1987 as Inflation Saps Margins

Shoppers carry Target shopping bags in front of a store in San Francisco

Target Corp. plunged the most since 1987’s Black Monday crash after becoming the second big retailer in two days to trim its profit forecast.

Brendan Case | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2022
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