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Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA, NHTSA Should Study Side Underride Guards, GAO Says

Rear underride guard Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via YouTube

A federal government watchdog study has recommended that federal regulators take steps to collect better data on underride guard crashes and share information with police departments in identifying underride crashes.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola Rolls Out Trucks for Zero-Emissions Future

Nikola Two hydrogen fuel cell truck debut Nikola Two by Nikola Motor Co./YouTube

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nikola Motor Co. CEO Trevor Milton, 28 months after unveiling a prototype Class 8 sleeper, presented to about 2,000 attendees and a global audience watching online two heavy-duty trucks and three other specialty vehicles he said are ready to spark a zero-emissions future.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Business, Technology

Unveiling of Nikola Two, Nikola Tre

Nikola Motor Company showcased five zero-emission products at its Nikola World event in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 16, 2019, including its hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 Nikola Two for long-range driving.

Transport Topics
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Mapillary Assists Transportation Agencies With Safety

Mapillary street view Street view by Mapillary

Mapillary, a street-level imagery platform, has announced that photologs with 40 million images of about 270,000 miles of road data have been uploaded to its system to improve safety in the commercial and commuter transportation sectors.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Touts $4.5 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Tom Wolf A bridge crosses the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pa. (Paul Taggart/Bloomberg News)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently addressed thousands of township officials in an attempt to rally local support for his $4.5 billion infrastructure plan.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Grants SmartDrive Five-Year Exemption Regarding ADAS Camera Placement

FMCSA A previous application of SmartDrive camera technology. (SmartDrive System Inc.)

Federal trucking regulators on April 15 granted SmartDrive System Inc. a five-year exemption to allow an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) camera to be mounted lower on truck windshields than currently is permitted.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2019
Business, Equipment

March Trailer Orders Fall

Hyundai Translead trailer A Hyundai trailer on the road. (Hyundai Translead)

U.S. trailer orders in March slipped to the lowest level in nearly two years, landing in the 15,000-units range, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2019
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Americold Agrees to Acquire Cloverleaf Cold Storage

Americold signage Americold

Americold Logistics has agreed to buy Cloverleaf Cold Storage for $1.24 billion, a move that ramps up a trend toward consolidation in the refrigerated warehousing sector.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 16, 2019

Cargo Transporters Promotes Dennis Dellinger to CEO

Cargo Transporters Left to right: Dennis Dellinger, Jerry Sigmon Jr., Jerry Sigmon Sr. and Adam Heavner. (Cargo Transporters)

Cargo Transporters Inc. announced the promotion of Dennis Dellinger to CEO, along with several other management changes at the Claremont, N.C.-based dry van truckload carrier.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 16, 2019
Business, Top 100, TCA

UPS CEO David Abney Earns Horatio Alger Award

UPS CEO David Abney UPS CEO David Abney via Horatio Alger Association/YouTube

For more than 70 years, the Horatio Alger award has been bestowed upon individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve success and remained committed to both higher education and helping others. So UPS CEO David Abney is in good company. But his 3-year-old grandson's reaction to the news has kept him humble.

Gracie Bonds Staples | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 16, 2019