Government, Business, Technology

Trump Administration Cites Safety to Freeze Mileage Standard

Heavy traffic on Los Angeles highway Heavy traffic on a Los Angeles highway. (Eric Demarcq/Flickr)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.

Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press
August 2, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Spending on Future Tech Eats Into BMW Profits

BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany BMW's headquarters in Munich. (Matthias Schrader/AP)

FRANKFURT, Germany — BMW’s profit fell 6% in the second quarter as it spent more on developing new technologies for electric, autonomous and digitally connected automobiles, the luxury carmaker said Aug. 1.

David McHugh | AP Business Writer
August 2, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Companies Continue to Search Supply Chains for Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals Tin ore from a rebel-held mine (left) and a non-conflict mine. (ENOUGH Project/Flickr)

For the past five years, public firms across the United States have been searching out their supply chains for “conflict minerals” used to fund armed conflicts in Central Africa.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 1, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Andrew Wheeler’s Reversal on Glider Order Earns Democratic Praise

A Fitzgerald glider kit installed in a Peterbilt truck A Fitzgerald glider kit installed in a Peterbilt truck. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — A recent move by the acting U.S. EPA administrator to reverse his predecessor’s order on an Obama-era rule on glider kits for trucks earned him praise from the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 1, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

ATRI’s Updated Crash Predictor Model Sheds Light on Driver Behavior

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Violations for reckless driving and failure to yield right of way are the top two behaviors for predicting future crash involvement, according to analysis yielded from the American Transportation Research Institute’s updated Crash Predictor Model.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 1, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

New Jersey DOT Announces $47 Million for County Bridge Maintenance Projects

county bridge maintenance projects Murphy by Julio Cortez/Associated Press

The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced July 31 that more than $47 million in grants has been issued for county bridge maintenance projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 1, 2018
Government, Business

US Construction Spending Fell 1.1% in June

Construction cranes in Washington, D.C. Construction cranes in Washington, D.C. (J. David Ake/AP)

WASHINGTON — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.1% in June, the biggest decline in more than a year as spending on public construction dropped at the highest rate in more than five years.

Matt Ott | AP Business Writer
August 1, 2018
Government, Business

US Factories Grew at a Slower Pace in July

Ford factory worker in Louisville In this 2017 file photo, workers assemble Ford trucks at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. factories grew at a slower pace in July, but American industry remains healthy despite growing concern about trade conflicts.

Paul Wiseman | AP Economics Writer
August 1, 2018
Government, Business

Major Car Exporters Weigh Response to Trump’s Threat of Tariffs

Toyotas being checked before loading at Yokohama port In this 2014 file photo, a man checks Toyota cars parked before being loaded onto a cargo ship for export at Yokohama port in Japan. (Koji Sasahara/AP)

Trade officials from the world’s top car-exporting nations agreed to respond if President Donald Trump slaps new U.S. tariffs on autos and auto parts.

Bryce Baschuk | Bloomberg News
August 1, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Why the Trucking Shortage Is Costing You

J.B. Hunt truck Earnings jumped 55% at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (TT file photo)

A shortage of truck drivers that has been simmering in the United States for years has reached a full boil, causing anxiety from small factories to the Federal Reserve.

Thomas Black and Eliza Haverstock | Bloomberg News
August 1, 2018