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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.

Business, Safety, Equipment, Autonomous

ATA Report Shows Increase in Trucking Miles

Class 8 trucks rolled up 139.3 billion miles in 2006, up from 130.5 billion in 2005, according to American Trucking Associations’ American Trucking Trends 2008-2009 report, released this week.

December 19, 2008

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Business, Fuel, Government, Autonomous

Navistar to Seek 2010 Delay

Truck and engine maker Navistar Inc. said it will take a “leadership role” in trying to convince Congress and the new administration to delay full implementation of 2010 heavy-duty truck engine emission mandates.

December 1, 2008
Business, Government, Autonomous

Congress May Link Change in Truck Size to Vehicle Miles Tax, DeFazio Says

WASHINGTON — Congress may link any change in truck size- and-weight limits in upcoming highway legislation to a new commercial vehicle-miles-traveled tax, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Highway and Transit Subcommittee, said last week.

September 23, 2008
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Oregon County Using Cameras to Monitor Truckers’ Seat-Belt Use

The Clackamas County, Ore., sheriff’s office is using high-tech cameras to catch truck drivers who don’t buckle up, the Oregonian newspaper reported Tuesday.

September 16, 2008
Business, Equipment, Autonomous

Cummins Plans to Invest $100 Million in Brazil

Cummins Inc., the maker of more than one third of North America’s heavy-duty truck engines, plans to invest another $100 million in Brazil during the next four years to meet higher demand in that country, Bloomberg reported.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Court Denies Calif. Port Stay; ATA Files Expedited Appeal

A federal judge last week denied American Trucking Associations’ request for a preliminary injunction against controversial portions of emission-reduction programs at the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Trucking Companies Face Growing Cash Crunch as Shippers Struggle to Survive Downturn

Astronomic fuel prices are only part of the economic drag on trucking these days. Add the growing length of time on accounts receivables, more customer bankruptcies and the tightening of credit by suppliers and lenders, and it’s easy to see how carriers’ cash flow has ebbed.

September 15, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Editorial: Reducing Highway Fatalities

Trucking-related highway fatalities fell again last year, to their lowest level in 15 years, according to data from the Department of Transportation.

September 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Judge Tentatively Denies Injunction in SoCal Port Suit; ATA to Appeal

A federal judge tentatively denied American Trucking Associations’ request for an injunction that would delay the start of concessionaire programs for drayage drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

September 9, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Fed ‘Beige Book’ Cites Continuing Economic Sluggishness

U.S. economic activity, including trucking and freight transportation, was sluggish in July and August, according to a Federal Reserve report released Wednesday.

September 3, 2008