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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, Fuel

DTNA Pushes Ahead With Automated Driving, Other New Technology on Flagship Cascadia

DTNA Martin Daum speaks at the event. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Daimler Trucks North America announced SAE Level 2 automated driving will be available beginning in July on its flagship Freightliner Cascadia model, calling it an industry first.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2019
Business, Equipment

Hines Corp. Sells Crane Carrier, Kimble Mixer to Investment Firm

Hines Corp. has spun off its Specialty Vehicle Group, which consists of Crane Carrier Co., a maker of vocational truck chassis, and Kimble Mixer Co., a manufacturer of concrete pumping equipment used in construction, agriculture and oil and gas exploration. The business was acquired by Turnspire Capital Partners, a New York-based investment firm, and a group of company managers, according to a Jan. 2 press release.

January 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Infrastructure, Trade Loom Large for Trucking in the New Year

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Infrastructure and trade loom large for trucking in the year ahead as freight carriers adjust to a slower, but still positive, rate of economic growth in 2019, according to industry experts interviewed by Transport Topics.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 4, 2019
Business, Equipment

December Class 8 Orders Drop as 2018 Annual Volume Sets Record

Orders An employee installs a window in the cabin door of a truck at Volvo's Dublin, Va., plant. (Justin Ide/Bloomberg News)

North American Class 8 orders for December were 21,300, falling sharply from a year earlier but about at replacement level as production slots remain scarce and full-year orders set an all-time record.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2019
Business, Equipment

Great Western Leasing and Sales Acquires All Points Equipment Leasing

Great Western Leasing and Sales, a full-service solutions provider to the flatbed and specialized trailer industry, has announced the acquisition of All Points Equipment Leasing. The move represents Great Western’s first expansion into the Midwest market, according to a Dec. 26 press release.

January 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Volvo Trucks to Take $780 Million Charge Over Emissions Flaw

Volvo Truck Bloomberg News

Volvo AB, the world’s second-largest truck maker, will set aside $780 million (7 billion kronor) to address a faulty emissions-control component that’s worn out more quickly than expected.

Anthony Palazzo and Niclas Rolander | Bloomberg News
January 4, 2019
Business, Equipment

Used Class 8 Prices Rise as Inventory Tightens and Demand Slows, ACT Reports

Used truck dealership John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The price of the average used Class 8 truck in November rose by $8,000 to $47,675 compared with a year earlier as inventory tightened, ACT Research Co. reported, noting demand for the vehicles is slowing in some quarters.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 3, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Trucker Buddy Program Helps Drivers, Students Form Special Bond

Trucker Buddy Duane Donner, a driver for Walmart, with a student from Angela Green’s class during one of his visits to the school. (Angela Green)

To a child, large trucks can seem intimidating and truck drivers might be viewed as tough and unfriendly. A program called Trucker Buddy International helps squash misconceptions by connecting school-aged children with drivers.

Marissa Gamache | Online Reporter
January 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA OKs Stoneridge Camera System as Alternative to Mirrors

Stoneridge booth at TMC 2018 John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 26 announced it has issued a five-year exemption to Stoneridge Inc. to allow its aftermarket MirrorEye mirrorless digital camera and sensor system to be installed on trucks and motorcoaches as an alternative to traditional mirrors.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Freight Transportation Profits, Prospers

Without a doubt, 2018 was a banner year for trucking and almost every other form of freight transportation. Business investment took off, hiring picked up and freight volume soared with both domestic and international shipments sharing in the bounty.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
December 27, 2018