2017 MCE

Business, Technology

MCE Panel Lays Out Trucking’s Triumphs, Challenges

MCE panel discussion on driver shortage, NAFTA, storm response The session panelists speak at MCE 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ORLANDO, Fla. — The North American Free Trade Agreement needs updating, but the process appears frozen in adversarial positions, even as truckload freight has grown 4% over the past five month, panelists here said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Human-Machine Interaction, Computing Power Key to Development of Autonomous Trucks

Peterbilt Motors Co. Darryl Oster Oster by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ORLANDO, Fla. — To pave the way for autonomous trucks, technology developers will need to refine the interaction between the human and the machine, and add more advanced sensors and greater computing power to the vehicle, experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 23, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Navistar Announces Price Increases, New Services

Navistar's Michael Cancelliere Cancelliere, Truck and Parts president, speaks at Navistar's press conference. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Navistar International Corp. announced price increases of up to 2% for its model-year 2019 vehicles, citing rising commodity prices. The price increases may affect all product lines and classes of trucks and don’t single out Class 8 trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Driver Shortage Returns to Top of ATRI’s Survey of Critical Industry Issues

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The driver shortage has regained its status as the trucking industry’s most pressing concern for the first time since 2006, American Transportation Research Institute reported.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 23, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

‘Item Response Theory’ Model Has Potential to Reduce Crashes, FMCSA Says

FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo DeLorenzo by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new complex statistical model that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is exploring would utilize data to measure a motor carrier’s “safety culture,” rather than attempt to predict its likelihood of a crash, a top agency official said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 22, 2017
Government, Business

Industry Awaits $1 Trillion Infrastructure Funding Plan to Modernize Roads, ATA Official Says

Jonathan Peters of CUNY Peters by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Trump administration’s plan to boost funding for freight corridors and modernize outdated infrastructure would benefit the commercial transportation sector, a senior official with American Trucking Associations said during a seminar at the group’s annual conference Oct. 22.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 22, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomy Could Transform Trucking’s Future, Former GM Exec Says

Technology expert Larry Burns Burns by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ORLANDO, Fla. — Autonomous trucks could give rise to a future in which 90% of crashes are eliminated and transportation becomes dramatically more productive and cost effective, technology expert Larry Burns told industry executives here.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 22, 2017
Business, Technology

Help Launches ELD and Weigh Station Apps

Help Inc.'s Mark Doughty Doughty by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ORLANDO, Fla. — Help Inc. announced two new apps — one in the crowded electronic logging device field, and another as a mobile weigh station bypass app.

Transport Topics
October 22, 2017
Business

Twelve Chosen for Fifth LEAD ATA Class

The fifth class of LEAD ATA John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ORLANDO, Fla. — American Trucking Associations named its fifth class to the LEAD ATA industry leadership program and announced the graduation of the fourth class during the annual ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.

Transport Topics
October 22, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Lytx Upgrades Rair to Meet ELD Mandate

Liz Eller of Lytx Liz Eller of Lytx by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ORLANDO, Fla. — Lytx has upgraded its Rair Compliance Services program so clients can better meet the looming electronic logging device mandate, the video-based safety services vendor announced Oct. 22 at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Transport Topics
October 22, 2017

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