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Taking Truck Technology Mainstream

Nikola Two The Nikola Two tractor on display at CES. Nikola has partnered with Ryder System for maintenance and distribution of its zero-emissions trucks. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Highlighting the role of technology in freight transportation could broaden the industry’s appeal to a new generation of workers and entrepreneurs who just might consider careers in this essential business.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Trucks Redesigns Four Key Heavy-Duty Models

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Volvo Trucks announced driver-focused redesigns on four heavy-duty cabover models, calling the effort its — and the industry’s — biggest product launch ever.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 5, 2020
Business, Equipment

February Class 8 Orders Decline

orders A production line employee works on the front of a cab at the Navistar plant in Springfield, Ohio. (Navistar International Corp.)

Class 8 orders dropped to 14,100 in February, ACT Research reported, citing preliminary results. In what typically is a weak month, fleets remained cautious amid challenging freight levels, overcapacity and the spreading coronavirus as a backdrop.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 5, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

TuSimple Expands Autonomous Trucking Program With UPS

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Autonomous-driving technology company TuSimple is expanding its freight-hauling pilot program with UPS to 20 trips a week and adding another route.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
March 5, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Toyota Recalls 3.2 Million Vehicles Globally to Fix Fuel Pumps

Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks sit at a Colorado dealership Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks sit at a dealership in Lakewood, Colo., on Feb. 27, 2019. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 3.2 million vehicles worldwide, more than half of which are in the U.S., to fix faulty fuel pumps.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
March 4, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Cummins Updates Medium-Duty Engines

Cummins Attendees browse the Cummins exhibit at The Work Truck Show. (Connor Wolf/Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — Cummins Inc. unveiled more sustainable and fuel efficient versions of two medium-duty engines at The Work Truck Show at Indiana Convention Center on March 3.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 4, 2020
Business, Equipment

Navistar Reports Net Loss in Fiscal Year Q1

International logo on truck Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

Navistar International Corp. reported a net loss and lower revenue for its fiscal first quarter amid lower volumes as the industry continued to transition to a softer freight market.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 4, 2020
Business, Equipment

American Trailer Group Completes Acquisition in Texas

American Trailer Rental Group announced it completed the acquisition of Dallas-based Advantage Trailer Leasing, with operations across Texas in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Longview.

March 2, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Secretary Elaine Chao: Consumers Will Be Key in Determining AV Technology

Elaine Chao at 2020 CPAC "innovation is a trademark of who we are as Americans. That is our greatest export,” Chao said during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28. (Restore Public Trust Press via YouTube)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently asserted that the American consumer will have a lot to say in determining the course of autonomous vehicles. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2020
Business, Equipment

At Closing Banquet, Earnhardt Highlights Technician Development

TMC Chairman Stacy Earnhardt at closing banquet Earnhardt at closing banquet by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Stacy Earnhardt took the reins as general chairman of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council here Feb. 26 at the closing banquet of TMC’s annual meeting and emphasized the importance of not only recruiting, but also supporting a new generation of diesel technicians.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 2, 2020