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Business, Safety, Logistics

Some Fleets Embrace Paid Lodging for Drivers as Alternative to Sleeper Cabs

Carbon Express rig parked at motel Carbon Express provides its drivers with lodging in hotel rooms rather than having them rest in sleeper berths. The fleet purchases only daycabs. (Carbon Express)

Some companies are embracing daycabs and hotel stays for drivers, rather than sleeper cabs. Benefits include safety and better sleep.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
April 15, 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

Averitt Express Expands in Texas

Averitt Express An Averitt Express truck. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Averitt Express announced the opening of a service center near Austin, Texas, that has 10 times the square footage compared with its previous site.

April 12, 2019
Business, Equipment

Mack Makes Battery Refresher Standard

Mack Trucks lineup Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks announced it is making a battery refresher standard on all Mack models to maximize uptime and significantly extend the life of electrical charging-system components.

April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Trucking Executives, Transportation Experts Discuss Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Part of the distracted driving roundtable. (NTSBgov via YouTube)

Transportation companies — including trucking groups — can improve safety by promoting accountability at the individual, executive and peer levels, according to industry representatives.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Spring Snowstorm Buries Midwest, Tornadoes Possible in South

snow Snow plows clear Interstate 29 on April 11, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Briana Sanchez/Associated Press)

Strong winds and more snow hit the Midwest on April 12 after a spring storm buried several states in snow and created dangerous travel conditions, while forecasters warned of potential weekend tornadoes in the South.

Associated Press
April 12, 2019
Business, Logistics

Port Logistics Group Expands Into Midwest

Port Logistics Group A Port Logistics Group truck. (TT File Photo)

Port Logistics Group, a Los Angeles-based warehousing and transloading company, announced its first expansion into the Midwest on April 4.

April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

More Women See Roles Expanding on Family Farms

Farmers Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

As the average U.S. farmer ages, more women are stepping up as decision makers to help feed a booming global population.

Bloomberg News
April 12, 2019
Business, Technology

Fleetilla, Polte Team on Asset-Tracking Tech

Fleetilla, an asset-tracking and fleet management company, announced a collaboration with Polte Corp., a location-technology company, and will integrate Polte’s technologies into its services, according to a news release.

April 12, 2019

Waterfall, TRP Capital Partners Invest in Truck Rental Firm Flex Fleet

Flex Fleet Rental, a Salt Lake City company that provides commercial truck rentals, is receiving financial backing from Waterfall Asset Management and TRP Capital Partners to expand its business and establish a national presence.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber’s Investment in Autonomous Tech Tops $1 Billion Since 2015

Uber A fleet of Uber's autonomous vehicles. (Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. has spent more than $1 billion on autonomous vehicle technology to compete with giants such as Alphabet Inc., Apple Inc. and General Motors Co.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
April 12, 2019