Business, Technology, Logistics

Data Sharing Can Help Freight Movement, Panelists Say

TRB panelists say data sharing can help freight movement. John Barton by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Coordination among trucks, ports, departments of transportation, city representatives and law enforcement officers is important to facilitating mobility, according to John Barton, senior vice president of the infrastructure firm HNTB Corp.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Experts: Trucking Companies Should Use Data Collected to Improve Margins, Decrease Downtime

Steve Chaffee, director of fleet innovation, research and development for Hitachi Group Steve Chaffee, director of fleet innovation, research and development for Hitachi Group, speaks June 26 at the Fleet Data Management & Cybersecurity Conference. (Rachel Akpotu/Technology & Maintenance Council)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Trucking companies that effectively mine the data generated by their operations can free up time and capital to invest in other areas of their businesses, experts said at an industry meeting here.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
June 27, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

NAFC Panels: Data Is Used to Cut Repair Costs, Improve Policy

Jim Buell Jim Buell by Jim Stinson/Transport Topics

INDIANAPOLIS — Why does an average truckload fleet’s trucks go 8,400 miles before a breakdown but the “best-in-class” fleet goes 44,600 before one? It’s all about data.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2019
Business, Technology

Renovus Capital Partners Buys Majority Stake in KSM Consulting

KSM office KSM

Renovus Capital Partners, a Wayne, Pa.-based investment firm that holds stakes in nearly two dozen companies that provide education and training services, has acquired a majority interest in KSM Consulting in Indianapolis.

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

TRB Panelists Outline Benefits of Freight Data

Freight Data Eren Yuksel (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Analyzing and visualizing data can help state departments of transportation and planning organizations better understand traffic flow, safety concerns and capacity needs, according to a group of panelists assembled at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 16.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Freight Brokers, 3PLs Must Embrace Technology or Face Disruption, Experts Say

 Embrace Technology Cavano (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rapid advances in technology and an infusion of venture capital are fueling innovation that is transforming the freight transportation industry.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

SaferWatch Adds CarrierLists to Service Offerings

SaferWatch, a provider of motor carrier licensing, insurance and safety data, has agreed to partner with CarrierLists to supply information about carrier capacity and freight-hauling preferences of truck operators.

May 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Load Boards Evolve

Perry and Hutto of's Perry (left) and Hutto debut the load board operator's spot-market rate forecasting service, which the company launched last fall. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Load boards have changed a lot from their humble beginnings about 40 years ago. Long gone are written notes tacked up on truck stop bulletin boards to help drivers find freight, or using telephones at truck stop restaurant tables and paying expensive long-distance rates to get loads lined up.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
April 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Idaho Hack May Have Revealed Truckers’ Personal Data

Truck on a snowy Idaho highway A truck on a snowy Idaho highway. The personal information of more than 100 truck drivers in the state may have been compromised in mid-December. (Tom Brandt/Flickr)

The personal information of more than 100 truck drivers may have been compromised during a recent hack of two Idaho Transportation Department e-mail accounts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Creative Use of Big Data Key to Predicting Crash Risk, DOT Official Says

Deborah Hersman Deborah Hersman by Eric Miller/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Innovations in the growth of “big data” are moving traffic research from the reactive to the predictive, a top U.S. Department of Transportation official said.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 9, 2018