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Autonomous technologies now drive significant change in trucking and freight transportation. Transport Topics autonomous coverage provides a comprehensive look at that change. It provides the latest details on deployment concepts such as advanced driver-assist systems, transfer hubs, teleoperations, platooning and off-road automation and latest analysis of the companies who are manufacturing, adopting and investing in these technologies. Readers can follow the impact such deployment has on everything from policy and infrastructure initiatives to highway congestion, fuel consumption, fleet management, driver management and business investment.

Editorial, Business, Safety, Government, Fuel, Autonomous

Improving Fuel Efficiency

President Obama’s recent announcement that he was kicking off a major effort to improve the fuel efficiency of commercial vehicles was welcome news to the trucking industry.

June 7, 2010

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns Archive

How can autonomous trucks fit into the freight transportation industry? Host Seth Clevenger chats with Waabi's Vivian Sun and's Jan Becker.

Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Letters: Broker Bonds, Skinner and LaHood

Reading the May 24 “Opinion” column on how hard it would be for the smaller freight brokers to exist with a higher bond, my heart goes out to them, but my sympathies run with the trucking companies that use these brokers, small or large.

June 7, 2010
Business, Autonomous

Opinion: Dedicated Contract Carriage

What a difference a year makes: Just one year ago, trucking trade publications were reporting on truckload rates plummeting 27% over the previous year, trucking companies beating down shippers’ doors looking for business, carriers dealing with 50% to 100% excess capacity over the previous two years, and thousands of trucking companies going bankrupt.

June 7, 2010
Government, Business, Fuel, Safety, Autonomous

ATA Urges Senate to Address Advanced Technology Bill

American Trucking Associations, truck manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have urged the Senate to address a research and development bill on increasing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Michele Fuetsch | Staff Reporter
June 1, 2010
Editorial, Business, Government, Autonomous

Getting Ready for CSA 2010

Clearly, apprehension over the potential ramifications of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new truck safety ratings program is growing as we move closer to full implementation of the plan.

May 31, 2010
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

TTNews To Close Monday for Memorial Day

Transport Topics Online will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. Please check back on Tuesday, June 1, for the latest trucking and freight transportation news.

May 28, 2010
Business, Autonomous

UPS Adds 50 Hybrid Trucks in Philadelphia Area

UPS Inc. said it has deployed 50 hybrid electric delivery trucks to its fleet in the Philadelphia area.

May 27, 2010
Business, Autonomous

Medium Duties Show Fifth Straight Monthly Gain

Retail sales of medium-duty trucks totaled 19,991 units in April, a 7.9% increase from a year earlier, reported May 13.

May 26, 2010
Business, Safety, Equipment, Autonomous

April Orders for New Class 8s Rise 91%, ACT Report Says

New orders for heavy-duty trucks increased 91% in April, from the same month of 2009, ACT Research Co. reported.

May 25, 2010
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Boyd Bros. Orders 325 Navistar Tractors

Flatbed carrier Boyd Bros. Transportation has ordered 325 trucks with 2010 engines from Navistar Inc., the manufacturer said Thursday.

May 24, 2010