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Biodiesel, Mudflaps Help Improve Emissions

DPF installer A technician installs a retrofit diesel particulate filter. (TT file photo)

Although large gains have been made in cleaning up new diesel engines, nearly two-thirds of all commercial trucks don’t meet the latest emissions standards. As of 2017, some 36% of all commercial trucks (Classes 3-8) in the United States rely on the newest generation of diesel engines — a 6% increase over 2016, according to the Diesel Technology Forum, which cited the latest data.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

TuSimple Self-Driving Trucks to Haul Mail for Postal Service in Two-Week Pilot

TuSimple TuSimple’s self-driving tractors will haul U.S. Postal Service trailers. (TuSimple)

Self-driving trucks operated by startup TuSimple will haul mail and packages across the Southwest in a two-week pilot program with the United States Postal Service.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB: Autopilot Was in Use Before Tesla Hit Semitrailer

Tesla A Tesla Model 3. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

DETROIT — A Tesla Model 3 involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida on March 1 was operating on the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 17, 2019
Business, Equipment

April Trailer Orders Slide Amid Scarce Production Slots

Stoughton trailers at Wisconsin plant Newly manufactured trailers line up at the Stoughton plant in Stoughton, Wis. (Stoughton Trailers)

U.S. trailer orders in April dropped 40% compared with a year earlier to 13,200 as open production slots in 2019 remained scarce, FTR reported, citing trailer makers’ preliminary data.

May 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Unmanned Truck Operates on Public Road in Sweden

Einride Einride’s cabless T-pod cargo vehicle makes its debut run on a short section of public road in southern Sweden. (Einride)

An unmanned, self-driving truck now is hauling cargo on a short stretch of public road in Sweden.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 17, 2019
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Spot Rates for Vans, Reefers Slip in April

Reefer truck on highway On a year-over-year basis, reefer volume slipped 2.9%. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

April saw strong volumes and abundant capacity in spot market truckload freight, according to DAT Solutions’ monthly report.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Robots Take the Wheel as Autonomous Farm Machines Hit the Field

Autonomous Farm Machines SwarmFarm robot spraying on a farm in Australia. (David Stringer/Bloomberg News)

Robots are taking over farms faster than anyone saw coming.

Bloomberg News
May 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Startup Valqari Aims to Prepare Mailboxes for Drone Delivery

Valqari A UPS drone. (UPS Inc.)

You can build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door, Ralph Waldo Emerson noted in the late 19th century. More than 100 years later, Ryan Walsh is building a better mailbox so the world’s goods can be delivered to your door.

Suzanne Baker | Naperville (Ill.) Sun
May 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Britain Is Falling Behind in Employing Robots

Robots Robotic arms spray a Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover vehicle in the paintshop at the Volkswagen AG automobile factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

The U.K. is falling behind in employing robots as firms make do with older machines or hire human workers.

Lucy Meakin and Jessica Shankleman | Bloomberg News
May 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, Top 50, Top 100

Penske Joins Autonomous Vehicle Coalition PAVE

Penske A Penske facility and truck. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Penske Truck Leasing has joined Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, a coalition of industry leaders that seeks to educate and assure the public about automated vehicles, according to a news release from the two organizations.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019