Seth Clevenger

Seth Clevenger

Managing Editor, Features

@sethclevenger

Seth Clevenger is managing editor of features at Transport Topics. He plans, writes and edits news features for Transport Topics’ weekly newspaper, supplemental publications and TTNews.com. 


Business, Top 100

A Closer Look at the 2021 For-Hire Sector Rankings

Like others in the mail delivery space, FedEx is working to electrify its van fleet. Like others in the mail delivery space, FedEx is working to electrify its van fleet. (FedEx Corp.)

Although trucking companies are benefiting from a favorable business environment and strong economic growth this year, the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic took a significant toll on the industry in 2020.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 18, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Unveiling the 2021 Top 100 For-Hire Carriers

UPS, which ranks No. 1 on the for-hire list, recently sold its LTL division UPS Freight to TFI. UPS, which ranks No. 1 on the for-hire list, recently sold its LTL division UPS Freight to TFI. (Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News)

The trucking firms that appear on the 2021 Transport Topics Top 100 For-Hire Carriers list are split nearly evenly between companies that reported a revenue decline in 2020 and those that still managed to grow during the year of COVID-19.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 18, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Trucking Turns From Pandemic to Prosperity

Hirschbach, like many carriers, endured highly volatile market conditions in 2020 due to COVID-19. Hirschbach, like many carriers, endured highly volatile market conditions in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Hirschbach Motor Lines)

After navigating the disruption and uncertainty wrought by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the trucking industry has entered a historically strong business environment that many analysts expect to endure for the rest of 2021 and beyond.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

J.B. Hunt, Waymo Partner to Test Self-Driving Trucks in Texas

J.B. Hunt Left: Waymo technology on a Class 8 truck. (Waymo) Right: A J.B. Hunt truck. (J.B. Hunt Transport Services)

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has partnered with autonomous vehicle developer Waymo to move freight with self-driving trucks in Texas.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 10, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Looking Ahead to Autonomous Trucking

Workers clean an autonomous Embark truck Technology developers such as Embark are working to make autonomous trucking a reality. (Embark)

Although autonomous trucks are still in their infancy, the continued development and eventual deployment of these vehicles represents a new frontier for the freight transportation business. As this technology advances in the coming years and decades, fleet operators that adopt self-driving trucks will encounter a new management challenge: finding the best ways to combine automation with human labor.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 21, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Some Self-Driving Truck Developers Make Case for Supervised Autonomy

Locomation Locomation is testing and developing a form of human-guided autonomy that combines automated driving technology with truck platooning. (Locomation)

While most developers of Level 4 autonomous truck technology are targeting driverless operation, some see near-term business cases for highly automated, self-driving trucks with a driver still in the vehicle.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 21, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

When Will Trucks Drive Themselves?

Aurora Peterbilt Autonomous truck developers such as Aurora are testing and validating their technology on public highways, particularly in the U.S. Southwest. (Aurora Innovation)

The road to autonomous trucking is long and littered with obstacles, but developers of self-driving systems for commercial vehicles are making clear and tangible progress in their mission to bring this technology to market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 21, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

TuSimple Raises $1.35 Billion Through IPO

TuSimple Nasdaq Company executives rang the bell to open Nasdaq trading on April 15. (TuSimple)

Autonomous truck developer TuSimple raised $1.35 billion through its initial public offering, a move that will help fund the company’s push to commercialize self-driving trucks and expand its autonomous freight network across the United States.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 15, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

A Fresh Look at the 2021 Top 50 Logistics Companies

C.H. Robinson, which ranks No. 1 on the 2021 list, has expanded its fulfillment capabilities through acquisitions. C.H. Robinson has expanded its fulfillment capabilities through its 2020 acquisition of Prime Distribution Services. (C.H. Robinson Worldwide)

Transport Topics has produced an annual ranking of the largest companies in this dynamic segment of the transportation business for nearly two decades, but much like the industry itself, this list continues to evolve.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 3, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Provides Look Inside Self-Driving Truck Testing

Waymo test drive A Waymo self-driving truck autonomously navigates highway traffic near Phoenix during a March 24 virtual ride-along. (Waymo)

Autonomous vehicle developer Waymo offered a look inside the day-to-day testing of its self-driving trucks on public roads through a virtual ride-along event for members of the press.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 25, 2021

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