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Unmanned Starsky Robotics Truck Navigates Florida Expressway

Starsky truck Starsky Robotics' Class 8 Volvo sleeper berth tractor-trailer travels at 55 mph down a 9.4-mile stretch of Florida’s Turnpike in Orlando on June 16. (Starsky Robotics/YouTube)

Automated truck technology startup Starsky Robotics successfully completed its first unmanned test drive on a public highway June 16.

June 26, 2019
Business, Safety

Virginia Crowns Two Grand Champions After Scoring Error

Photo of all first place winners at the Virginia Truck Driving Championships in Verona on June 8. (Virginia Trucking Association)

FedEx Freight driver Chuck Bird earned co-Grand Champions honors along with Mike Barnes of Walmart Transportation at the 68th annual Virginia Truck Driving Championships June 14-15.

June 21, 2019
Business, Safety

2018 Grand Champion Chris Outen Set to Go for Gold in Flatbed Class at Oregon Truck Driving Championships

2018 Oregon Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion Chris Outen with Oregon Trucking Associations President Jana Jarvis FedEx driver Chris Outen, the 2018 Oregon Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, poses with his plaque next to Oregon Trucking Associations President Jana Jarvis. (TT file photo)

Last year’s Grand Champion, Chris Outen of FedEx Freight, will compete at the Oregon Truck Driving Championships, taking place June 8 at Reddaway in Portland.

June 4, 2019
Business, Safety

David Lumpkin Named Grand Champion at Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships

2019 Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships participants Twenty-nine drivers participated in this year's Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships. (Monique Chartier/Rhode Island Trucking Association)

FedEx Express’ David Lumpkin captured the Grand Champion title at the Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships, which were held June 1 at the New England Tractor Trailer Training School in Pawtucket.

June 4, 2019
Business, Fuel

Diesel Drops 1.5¢ to $3.136; Oil Close to Bear Market Price

Diesel pump Diesel costs 14.9 cents more than it did a year ago when it was $2.987, DOE said June 3. (Thinkstock)

The U.S. average retail price of diesel dropped 1.5 cents to $3.136 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported. Crude oil plunged to $53 a barrel and flirted with a bear market as the tensions surrounding international trade mounted.

June 3, 2019
Business, Safety

Florida Truck Driving Championships to Welcome Largest Field Ever of 300-Plus Drivers

One Team Florida photo from 2018 Truck Driving Championships "One Team Florida" drivers gather for their 2018 group photo. (Florida Trucking Association)

The Florida Trucking Association will host what it is billing as the largest Truck Driving Championships in its history June 6-8 in Daytona Beach.

June 3, 2019
Business, Safety

UPS Freight’s Russell Atkin Eyes Second Straight Utah Grand Champion Title

Will it be twice as nice for Russell Atkin at the Utah Trucking Driving Championships? The UPS Freight driver will be aiming for his second consecutive Tank Truck crown (and trip to the National Truck Driving Championships) at the state event May 31- June 1 in Salt Lake City.

May 28, 2019
Business, Safety

Wide Open Competition Expected at Minnesota Truck Driving Championships

Truck drivers test at 2019 Minnesota TDC Drivers take the written test at the 2018 Minnesota Truck Driving Championships. (TT file photo)

Expect some fresh faces at the Minnesota Truck Driving Championships, taking place June 8-9 at Rihm Kenworth in Coon Rapids, a northern suburb of Minneapolis.

May 28, 2019
Business, Safety

XPO Logistics’ Joseph Hicks Returns to Defend Crown at Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships

Grand Champion John Hicks and RITA President Chris Maxwell at the 2018 Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships XPO Logistics driver Joseph Hicks, the 2018 Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, poses with his trophy and Rhode Island Trucking Association President Chris Maxwell at last year's RITDC. (TT file photo)

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but that doesn’t mean it lacks talented truck drivers.

May 21, 2019
Business, Safety

Three-peat Would Be Sweet Feat for FedEx Freight’s Gragg Wilson

Gragg Wilson of FedEx Freight (left) Gragg Wilson (left) of FedEx Freight poses with Paul Enos of the Nevada Trucking Association as he is presented his Sleeper Berth award in 2018. Wilson also earned Grand Champion honors. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

Different class, same goal in the Nevada Truck Driving Championships. FedEx Freight driver Gragg Wilson is setting his sights on capturing a third consecutive Nevada Grand Champion crown, this time by besting the field in the Straight Truck class on June 1. Last year, he prevailed in the Sleeper Berth division en route to claiming the overall title.

May 21, 2019

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