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Medium-Duty Sales Continued to Climb in October

Mitsubishi Fuso FE180 gasoline fueled cabover Class 5 Mitsubishi Fuso FE180 gasoline fueled cabover Class 5. (Mitsubishi Fuso)

U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks rose 12.4% in October, led by strong gains in Class 6 vehicles, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

AI Poised to Impact High-Skill US Jobs, Including Finance

Robot arm A robot arm ready to go. (Getty Images)

Artificial intelligence is coming for America’s high-paid professions as it creates winners and losers across the labor market like never before.

Jeff Kearns | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Nissan Plans First Bond Sale Since Scandals After Leader Changes

Nissan Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg News

Nissan Motor Co. is planning its first bond sale since scandals involving its ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn and former CEO Hiroto Saikawa, according to people familiar with the matter.

November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Calls Uber’s Fatal Crash a Lesson for All Automated Vehicle Testing

Self-driving Uber involved in fatal accident in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018 An investigator works at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self driving Uber car and a pedestrian walking a bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., in March of 2018. ( via AP)

A 2018 fatal pedestrian crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. automated vehicle in Arizona indicates that the challenges of self-driving vehicle operations have not yet been solved, and underscores a lack of sufficient federal and state oversight of developmental automated vehicle testing, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said at a Nov. 19 hearing in Washington.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Yamato Transport Rolls Out Electric Vehicles for Parcel Delivery Near Tokyo

A Yamato Holdings sign A woman walks past the logo of Yamato Holdings Co., the parent company of Yamato Transport Co. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg News)

Yamato Transport Co. unveiled on Nov. 19 what it says is a greener, compact, driver-friendly electric truck that may offer hope for coping with the acute labor shortage in Japan’s door-to-door parcel delivery industry.

Masumi Koizumi | Japan Times
November 19, 2019
Business, Equipment, Breaking News

Truck Tonnage Rises 1.7% in October

Tonnage A forklift operator loads pallets onto an Xtra Lease truck. (Xtra Lease Inc.)

Truck tonnage on a seasonally adjusted basis rose 1.7% in October compared with year-ago levels, according to American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Highway Safety Group Says 803 Unbelted Rear-Seat Passengers Died in 2018

Back seat passenger putting on belt Getty Images

DETROIT — More than 800 rear-seat passengers who weren’t wearing seat belts were killed last year in U.S. traffic crashes, and a highway safety group says states aren’t making enough progress in getting people to buckle up.

November 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

With Electric Cars, Lubricants Industry’s Future Is Fuzzy

Electric Cars An electric car charges. (Getty Images)

The $146 billion lubricants industry is at risk of suffering the same fate as Kodak, thanks to the rise of electric vehicles.

November 18, 2019
Business, Equipment

October Trailer Orders Move Sharply Higher

Strick trailer on assembly line A Strick trailer on the assembly line at a manufacturing plant. U.S. trailers orders in October reached their highest volume since November 2018. (Strick via Facebook)

Net U.S. trailer orders in October surged to 31,786 units, reaching the highest volume since November 2018 despite an overall slowing freight market, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Ford Unveils Electric Mustang SUV to Challenge Tesla Dominance

Electric Mustang SUV The Ford Motor Co. Mustang Mach-E GT electric sports utility vehicle is unveiled during a reveal event in Hawthorne, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. is reinventing one of its marquee models — the Mustang muscle car — as a battery-powered crossover to become a player in the electric-vehicle market that is expected to take off in the coming decade.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
November 18, 2019