Jerry Hirsch

Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Targets Southwest Freight Corridor for Autonomous Truck Tests

Waymo A Waymo autonomous Chrysler Pacifica and Peterbilt truck. (Waymo)

As it moves forward with autonomous truck development, Waymo plans to focus its 2020 testing efforts on the southwest shipping corridor that includes Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
June 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Starsky Robotics Founder Discusses Future of Autonomous Trucking

Starsky Robotics autonomous truck A Starsky Robotics autonomous truck. (Starsky Robotics via YouTube)

Automated technology developers are shooting for the moon when they could instead be implementing ground-level initiatives in trucking, the founder of Starsky Robotics says.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
June 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Industry Trends, Driver Preference Pave Way for Hub-to-Hub Routes

Greg Orr CFI President Greg Orr with CFI trucks. (CFI)

Some motor carrier executives, freight brokerages and others in the industry are using hub-to-hub business models that address the problems of driver turnover, deadhead miles and long waits at loading docks by reshaping how cargo is shipped.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
June 15, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous, Top 100

California Becomes Epicenter of Emerging Truck Technology

California Self-driving truck firm TuSimple’s headquarters are in San Diego. The company is testing and developing SAE Level 4 automated driving technology for heavy-duty trucks. (TuSimple)

With its emissions mandates, tough labor laws, inspection requirements and extensive regulations, California has become both a difficult and expensive environment for trucking.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 22, 2020
Business, Logistics

Titanium Reports Revenue, Net Income Grow in Q1

Titanium Transportation Group Titanium Transportation Group, based in Bolton, Ontario, has opened offices in Charlotte, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn., within the past year and plans to find more locations throughout the U.S. (Vision Group)

Titanium Transportation Group reported solid revenue growth and a profit gain in the first quarter.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 13, 2020
Business, Logistics

ArcBest Records 61% Decline in Q1 Net Income

ABF Freight truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ArcBest Corp. reported a drop in revenue and profits for the first quarter, and business took a turn for the worse at the beginning of the second quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 7, 2020
Business, Top 50, Top 100

Hub Group Posts Dips in Revenue, Net Income in First Quarter

Hub Group Hub Group trucks. (Hub Group)

Hub Group reported double-digit declines in profits and revenue during the first quarter as it saw a drop in intermodal revenue and a decrease in its truck brokerage business.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 4, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Deployment of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Trucks Will Require Fueling Networks, Clear Business Cases

Hyundai Hyundai’s H2 Xcient fuel cell trucks will haul freight in Switzerland. (Hyundai)

A hydrogen-powered commercial truck built by Hyundai was set to begin hauling groceries in Switzerland in April, representing the first of 1,600 fuel cell electric trucks that the manufacturer plans to put on highways in the Alpine nation by 2025.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
April 24, 2020
Business, Top 100

TFI Posts Solid Q1 Results; Workforce Measures Taken

TFI TFI International operates TST Overland Express. (TFI International)

TFI International Inc. posted a strong first quarter, logging record operating income for the period and solid profit growth.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
April 23, 2020

Trucking Volume Linked to Future Spending Trends, Experts Say

Trucks in traffic Continued purchases of medical supplies, food and beverages will bolster the refrigerated market, according to ACT Research. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Where and how consumers and businesses are spending money now, and how those habits might shift in the near future, will shape how the economy — and the trucking industry — will manage through the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, experts said.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
April 6, 2020