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Technology Used to Strengthen Truck and Trailer Inspection Procedures

Trailer inspection at Boyle Transportation Updating truck repair status is a big part of performance bonuses for fleets, creating an incentive for drivers to take the initiative on maintenance. (Boyle Transportation)

Given the importance of pre- and post-trip inspections, many fleets have implemented technology to guarantee drivers are conducting them properly and to transmit the findings early.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Adapting to the Virtual Environment

vehicle damage In TMC's study group, Vice Chairman Chris Sterwerf described the impact that minor vehicle damage can have on an ADAS system. (Chris Sterwerf)

Societal changes — accelerated by technology and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis — are transforming the way fleets specify and operate equipment in both intentional and unintended ways.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Telematics Strengthens Communication Between Delivery Driver and Dispatch

Ford Transit As this Ford Transit makes a delivery, telematics is helping fleets keep up with efficient productivity as well as regular maintenance. (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

Last-mile delivery for any fleet operation — big or small — is only as efficient as the communication between the driver and dispatch.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Colorado DOT Starts Work on Military Access Project

Colorado Route 94 near Colorado Springs State Route 94 is the main road connecting Colorado Springs, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force base. (Colorado Department of Transportation)

Colorado is beginning work on the Military Access, Mobility and Safety Improvement Project, which is meant to improve the infrastructure that serves the military bases in Colorado Springs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

A Lesson in Idling

child in car seat The precious cargo: Mikale and his "blankie." (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

I was presented the opportunity to drive the 2020 Ford Transit for a week.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Unveils Prototype of Rivian-Built Electric Delivery Van

Amazon Rivian van Amazon

Amazon .com Inc. unveiled a prototype of one of three electric vehicles being developed in partnership with startup EV truck manufacturer Rivian.

Robert Channick | Chicago Tribune
October 9, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

N.Y. Leaders Break Ground on Intermodal Hub at Long Island Airport

Groundbreaking at Long Island MacArthur International Airport Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken (from left), New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Regional Director for Empire State Development Cara Longworth at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Daniel Goodrich/Town of Islip)

New York officials recently announced the groundbreaking for a project to build an intermodal transportation hub at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Honda Beefs Up Pickup, SUVs to Bolster Light-Truck Market Share

Honda Ridgeline 2021 Honda Ridgeline (Honda)

Honda Motor Co. plans to revamp three key midsized vehicles — two sport utilities and a pickup — by giving them beefier looks. It also will play up their off-road capabilities in marketing to appeal to more-traditional truck buyers.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

US Fuel Cell Truck Startup Hyzon Gets Investment From French Oil Giant

Hydrogen refueling A hydrogen vehicle is refueled. (Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg)

Total SE is making an investment as part of a small funding round in U.S. fuel cell truck startup Hyzon Motors, an effort by the French oil giant to boost development of cleaner energy sources.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

Executives See Bright Future for Savvy Fleets

CQ Roll Call panel

Three trucking executives said they remain enthusiastic about the future of their businesses after technology helped them weather the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the video from the TT/CQ Roll Call Symposium.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 8, 2020