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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Expects Supply Chain Constraints to Continue in 2019

A Freightliner is built on the line in Mount Holly, N.C. Workers assemble a Freightliner on the line in Mount Holly, N.C. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks is not optimistic that supply chain constraints will improve anytime soon to clear up ongoing shortages that have interrupted commercial vehicle production over the past 12 to 18 months amid record demand.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2019
Business, Equipment

Volvo Trucks Adds Upgrade for Ergonomic Workstations

Volvo Trucks The new workstation setup is designed to improve driver productivity, comfort and overall convenience. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Volvo Trucks is offering an ergonomically advanced workstation as an option on its VNL 760, 740 and VNX 740 models.

February 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

J.J. Keller to Offer Dash-Mounted Camera

J.J. Keller will add video event hardware and management tools to its line of safety and compliance solutions beginning in April.

February 12, 2019
Business, Equipment

Jacobs to Supply Engine Brakes for Hino XL Series

Hino XL trucks Classes 7 and 8 XL models. (Hino Trucks)

Jacobs Vehicle Systems announced the launch of a compression release engine brake for 2020 Hino XL Series heavy-duty trucks for the U.S. market.

February 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Automakers Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles With Potentially Lethal Air Bags

Takata Paul Sancya/Associated Press

DETROIT — Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
February 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins Top Overall Supplier of Class 8 Diesel Engines in 2018

Cummins A Cummins engine. (Cummins Inc.)

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. supplied the most Class 8 diesel engines overall in 2018, and set a record for its heavier-displacement units used in one of the strongest years on record for new truck demand, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Polar Vortex Exposed Range Limitations of Electric Car Batteries, AAA Says

Cars Shannon VanRaes/Bloomberg News

DETROIT — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40% when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
February 7, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Goodyear Digital System Shows 15% of Truck Tires Need Service

Johnny McIntosh Johnny McIntosh introduces Goodyear's Tire Optix system at an event in 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. said during a customer event here that internal data has found that 15% to 18% of truck tires are either underinflated or have other safety-related issues.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 6, 2019
Business, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

Seattle Port Finds a Partner for Major Upgrade to Terminal

Port Of Seattle Trucks entering a terminal at the Port of Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

On Feb. 5, officials with the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the joint venture between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, unveiled a tentative deal with Seattle-based Stevedoring Services of America Terminals, one of the world’s largest terminal operators, to manage a planned “big ship” loading facility on Terminal 5, just west of Harbor Island.

Paul Roberts | The Seattle Times
February 6, 2019